Sometimes when you feel bad and you want to change how you feel, the way you want to feel is very different from how you are feeling right now. For example maybe you feel lost for words and you want to feel totally resourceful. Now the difference between the 2 states is pretty huge. So the technique collapsing anchors is great for negating an unwanted state, but to move to a very resource for state that you want yourself in is where chaining anchors work. This is a situation where chaining anchors is ideal. Because chaining anchors helps you move from one state to a different one.
Chaining anchors, can help you move from an unwanted emotional state like when you feel stuck and feel you have no options, or when you are in a stuck state of procrastination, and you want to move to a far more resourceful state.
In chaining anchors you 1st need to find out what the unwanted state is. Once you know what the unwanted state is, you then decide how you would like to feel instead. Usually the distance between the unwanted state and the desired state is going to be pretty big. So you cannot move there in one step. So in chaining anchors we design a series of steps that take you from the unwonted state to the desired state.
We need to find one or two intermediate states that allow a natural flow from the unwanted state to the desired state. For example it might be that if the unwanted state was procrastination, but you want to feel motivated, a state that might get you out of procrastination for someone might be frustration. The gap between frustration and motivation still might be quite big, so then we might add another states of say excitement or curiosity. We would then anchor each state on a different place, for example on the knuckles. We anchor each state individually, and once they are there we then link them all up by the process of chaining.
The desired outcome is that in the future, any time that in the past you used any time to be in that unresourceful state, for example procrastination, that now you will automatically find yourself feeling resourceful.