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Circle Of Excellence: All steps to this NLP technique [Script]

Circle Of Excellence: All steps to this NLP technique [Script]

The Circle of Excellence is a technique of eliciting resources through the use of spatial  anchors . Know that all those skills are already in you. All we’re going to do is make those skills manifest with a fun technique: The Circle of Excellence.

The Circle of Excellence – The steps and script for the technique

Below you will find the steps as they are dealt with in an NLP training.

  1. Determine the context in which you want more choice. This could be, for example: an unwanted state of mind that you feel at a certain moment from which you want to be liberated, or think of a future situation where you would like to display different behavior.
  2. Optional with this technique: which negative anchors trigger these unwanted mood (s)? You can have the client tell all triggers that he senses, in sequence or at the same time.
  3. Associate in this context. This allows the coach to calibrate the client .  Moreover, the client now knows more clearly what the context is about, so that he can take the next step with greater precision.
  4. Think of three or more desired moods / resources that can come in handy and overcome the unwanted ones.
  5. “Imagine, Debbie, there is a circle on the floor in front of you. And in that circle are exactly all those {states of mind} (name them for the amplifying echo effect). Where do you see this circle in space? Very well. You can connect to that in a few moments, Debbie. ”
  6. ‘And first I want to ask you: if you could give this circle a color, what color would it be? What kind of noise does it make? What do the boundaries of the circle look like? Make the circle as beautiful as you want. ‘
  7. Awaken the desired mood for the first desired mood / resource. Here are ways to achieve this. For example: ‘What is your best experience with {state 1}? Remember that moment. Return to it intensively. See what you saw then, hear what you heard and feel what you felt then. Think of memory (s) in which you had those qualities. Describe the memory (s) extensively. ‘
  8. Reinforce this state of mind with the tips from the article that teaches you how to hypnotize someone.
  9. While holding and strengthening that experience and {associated state 1}, step slowly into the circle so that you are connected to it. (Any extra guidance in the circle to keep strengthening the mood in the circle 🙂 Close your eyes. Feel that powerful emotion surround you as it flows throughout your body. Breathe in the feeling. Really experience that event. Enjoy it fully and completely. ‘ Also strengthen the submodalities of the circle, in addition to the submodalities of the memory! When it weakens, the client gets out and you try to amplify the state again.
  10. This step is optional, because stepping into the circle is itself an anchor: anchor this {state 1}. Feel what your hands are doing automatically and anchor it.
  11. Step out of the circle for a moment. Leave those states behind in the circle, because that’s where their home is, that’s where they live. Shake loose.
  12. Test the circle by walking into it with a neutral state. Calibrate that the circle’s spatial anchor is strong enough and allow the client to come out of the circle and shake it off.
  13. We repeat steps 7 to 12 for each desired state mentioned in step 4. In between the execution of these states, always walk out of the circle and back in for the fractionating effect , and of course to test. 
    For example: ‘What is your best experience with {state 2}? Step into that memory and relive it through your own eyes. Now step into the circle while that {state 2} is getting stronger. And that purple comes up again. Feel the heat, and {state 2}. Very well. How does it feel? Get out again. Shake loose. Test. And then again the same for state 3, etc.
  14. Test the complete circle once you have finished adding states. So test how the circle feels now that all the moods are in it.
  15. ‘Now we are going to use all these generated desired states for the context in which you might need those states: Awaken that context again by associating in it.
  16. ‘We’ll get back into the circle while we’re in the undesirable situation. We use the desired states, which will soon emerge again, for the undesirable situation or state. Stack all those states on top of each other, by walking in the circle and setting all three anchors of the desired states one after the other (optional). Do it now: walk in the circle, fire the anchors for the {states} and feel them shoot through your veins. You may notice the {states}, and that {color of the circle} becomes more intense, and those (naming states) flow from the circle all the way up through your body all the way to your head. And your body feels it completely. Just take a bath in it. The {purple} color comes again. The heat is coming again. The {rest} is there. And you’re in that situation and you do what you do
  17. Use presuppositions to imply integration: Notice how the situation is already transforming. Notice how it is different now.
  18. Take all the time you want and then get out again.
  19. Break state with a pattern break. Come back to the room.
  20. Use a presupposition to ask about the effect: How was it different?
  21. Use the circle itself as an anchor for future situations, for example by throwing it to the ground during your first sales call and introducing it. Feel all the states of the circle shoot through you again! If necessary, compress it until it fits in your pocket so you can throw it out whenever you want. ‘
  22. Future pace  with a premise: “Envision a future situation in which the old would previously happen, and notice how things are different now.” Or future pace with this specific technique: ‘Think about a future situation that you will encounter, where the experience of the circle can be useful to you, and rehearse the future task with all the feelings, as you step back into that circle, thinking to that context. ‘
  23. Break state. We are done!

Possible bonus for the circle of excellence

  1. “What skill / states do you need for the future-pace context, not yet discussed?”
  2. See these sources floating in front of you, above the circle. Squeeze them together. Give it a different color and sprinkle it over the circle. ‘
  3. “Stand in the circle and mix everything together: the initial resources you want, and the new ones you’ve added to them.”
  4. Get out and run the future pace again to test your work. Then: ‘How do you feel, how do you view it differently now to end up in such a situation?’

circle of excellence

Variation: Remove unwanted states, such as anger / sadness / self-pity / frustration from the circle. After a while, you keep taking one back into the circle, feeling it, accepting it and then allowing it to change. Then it is free.

About The Author


Hello! Thanks for reading these articles. My intention is to make happiness as simple and clear as posssible. By the way, excuse my English. I am not a native English speaker since I live in Amsterdam. Much appreciated if you use the comments to make suggestions on my grammar. See ya in another blogpost!

1 Comment

  1. Silvana

    Thanks for sharing your technique, I found it very interesting, I will study it better for use it with my clients. Regards. Silvana