Neuro Associative Conditioning or NAC is a system devised by Anthony Robbins to create permanent, lasting change.

The Steps

  1. Decide what you really want and what is preventing you from having it now.

    This is the crucial, first step. See Outcome Thinking.

  2. Get leverage. Associate Massive Pain to not changing now and Massive pleasure to changing now.

    Tony Robbins devised the Dickens Pattern which can create massive leverage in a matter of around one hour.

    We obtain leverage to make a change once we hit the pain threshold. This is a point when we can no longer stand the pain of not changing. Until we reach this point, we experience mixed associations towards changing. That is on one hand we want to change, but on the other we also don't want to change because the pain of not changing is not sufficiently high enough. If something happens that increases the pain to such a high degree so that it hits the threshold, we change. (Another popular form of creating leverage is Provocation)

  3. Interrupt the limiting pattern.

    The Pattern Interrupt stage. We get our patterns interrupted a lot of times in our day to day activities. It is common to notice in conversations how people get scrambled when they say "Where were we?" or "I was saying something.". We may need to interrupt the limiting pattern consistently (typically about a dozen times but actually based on what the limiting pattern is).
    If you are overeating, when you are in a restaurant, stand up and shout by pointing to your chair "Pig!". Do this two to three times and then you won't overeat. Acting the fool, is one way to interrupt your pattern.

  4. Create a new empowering alternative.

    What would replace your old limiting pattern? If you are addicted to cigarette smoking you may have to find an empowering alternative to cigarettes. It may be that you engage in regular exercise, deep breathing and yoga. You just don't stop smoking. You create something that replaces your smoking habit.
    Also see Outcome Thinking.

  5. Condition the pattern until it is consistent.

    Keep reinforcing the pattern, whenever the new behavior happens, pat yourself on the back or express appreciation and congragulation if you are helping someone else, as the new pattern begins to take form. Once the pattern is reinforced consistently, the new pattern takes hold replacing the old one.

  6. Test it!

    Finally test whether the new pattern works. Imagine/Visualize the scenarios that trigger the limiting and empowering patterns and notice your responses. Most probably the new pattern would have taken ground by now.

Remember to...
  • Be clear on what you want and where you are going.
  • Have an empowering alternative to your limiting pattern.
  • Keep interrupting the limiting pattern as it occurs.
  • Keep reinforcing the empowering pattern as and when it occurs.
  • Get massive leverage to change.