In this episode, I share with you a technique that helps you build confidence and can even help you overcome stage fright! It’s SUPER easy – and its called “The Circle of Excellence.” Enjoy 🙂
What is the Circle of Excellence?
The Circle of Excellence is an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) technique that can help you build more confidence.
The process makes you imagine yourself in the past feeling confident, and then locking that state (the mental and physical experience) for another situation where you might want to have those same resources.
When should you use the Circle of Excellence?
Use this technique to build your confidence and to instill confidence in situations where you would like more confidence.
Step1: Imagine a time when you were feeling very confident.
Keep that image in mind. It may have been recently or anytime in the past. Imagine how it felt, what you saw and heard, imagine the energy, the sensations. Play that movie in your mind and experience that state fully.
Step2: The Circle of Excellence
Imagine there is a circular disk on the floor around your feet (so you are in the circle). What color is your circle? Give it a color. Get back into your state. When your feeling of confidence is fullest, step outside of the circle.
Step3: Time and Place
Now pick a time and place where you would like to have that feeling of confidence. Get that picture in your head fully. It can help to think of a cue in your mental picture – something that triggers your event. Meaning, if there was a sound or a face that appears in the time and place where you would like to have more confidence, just make a point to remember that cue.
Step4: Step back into the Circle of Excellence
This is called linking. By stepping back into the Circle of Excellence, imagine yourself in that time and place with the desired confident state now. Basically, you are linking your confident feelings with the cue and event you imagined.
Step5: Step out of the Circle of Excellence
Step back out of the Circle of Excellence. Now think about that time and place where you would like more confidence. If you try that now, you will find yourself being able to feel those confident feelings again. This basically means you are priming yourself to have those confident feelings for the time and place you’d like in the future.
Additional Coaching (from Monish)
Typical learning involves reading, rereading, maybe listening to programs, or saying affirmations over and over again until what you learn is put into your unconscious so its a part of you (your neurology)
The key to NLP techniques like the Circle of Excellence is that you are using additional resources built inside of you (thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations) to take resources from a past event and project it on a future event. The cue acts as a memory trigger to initiate that confident state and feelings from the past. This is yet another way to embed things into your neurology.