Anchoring for Success: Tips from Calvin Coyles

Anchoring for Success: Tips from Calvin Coyles

Calvin Coyles is a self-made multi-millionaire, author of 3 best-selling books and has been featured alongside Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra and Jeff Bezos in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and business insider. Fresh out of university and in debt to the tune of $40,000, he knew he wanted to do something big with his life.

Calvin joined the MBC team and our members for an expert speaker session that dived into methods, ways of thinking and habits we can all implement to make a difference in our lives and in business. Amongst the things Calvin discussed were; setting personal goals and achieving them, the mind, focus, self-awareness, and accountability.


Calvin himself states that instead of “faking it until you make it,” grow and develop an anchor and condition into the nervous system qualities you’d like to have.

When we change our internal views of a moment or behaviour, we create new outcomes and new results. Anchoring is one of the most effective techniques known for constructively channelling our powerful unconscious reactions.

As business owners, it can be difficult to stay focused, motivated, and free from limiting beliefs. It is important to have reminders and motivators that keep us grounded, positive and determined.

For Calvin anchoring involves training your nervous system to activate power emotions such as strength, confidence, positivity, desire, hunger, and motivation. The point of this is so that in moments of stress or anxiety these emotions can be activated therefore harnessing better abilities to respond to day-to-day challenges.

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For Calvin, our emotions can and should be used for our benefit. Emotions like:

  • Passion
  • Confidence
  • Love
  • Gratitude
  • Belief
  • Hunger
  • Frustration
  • Even negative emotions can be advantageous.

Anchoring for success

“Success is the ability to get yourself to do things you need to do when you don’t want to do them” – Calvin Coyles

Doubt, limiting beliefs and negativity holds people back but by creating better habits and behaviours we can change our outlook, direction and reach our full potential. Calvin’s tips for anchoring for success is one approach that anyone can adopt into their lives.

Here are some of Calvin’s approaches to anchoring for success.


Ever found a quote that motivated and inspired you to do great things? Of course you have. We all do.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

There is no denying that there is power in words. Words from global leaders in business, politics, or the famous philosophers of old impact us greatly because of the assumption that when people are in public positions, they must be successful – and we are drawn to that like a magnet.

So, the solution?

Print off the quotes that resonate with you, save one as a screensaver and use quotes as a daily trigger for motivation, inspiration and an injection of positivity and passion.


Music is powerful and the simple construct of a few chords into a memorable melody can increase cognitive stimulation, inspiration and also our drive for success. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that people listen to music to improve their mood and find self-awareness, not to mention it is THE best accompaniment to exercise.

Across multiple genres, there is a song to suit all moods, mindsets, and purpose.

  • Calm music supports better focus and concentration.
  • Rock music awakens the mind and increases energy levels.
  • Classical music has long been associated with creativity and relaxation.

Got a song that motivates you no matter what?

Mine is The Cranberries ‘Dreams’ – no matter my mindset, as soon as that first power chord is struck on the guitar, I go into an entirely new zone filled with creativity, positivity, motivation and inspiration.


Exercise sharpens the mind and the same endorphins that create positivity also boost concentration and provide higher levels of energy. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem, allowing us to break through negative cycles of self-doubt and achieve more clarity in our lives.

Add a little music to the workout and you have a recipe for success!

Eating well

Eating healthy foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and improves overall wellbeing and mood.

Dr. Gabriela Cora, a board-certified psychiatrist says, “when you stick to a diet of healthy food, you’re setting yourself up for fewer mood fluctuations, an overall happier outlook and an improved ability to focus”.

Image of a woman meditating


Meditation changes our brains, from changes in grey matter volume to enhanced connectivity between brain regions. During meditation, we focus on emptying the barrage of thoughts that crowd our minds and ultimately cause us anxiety and stress.

Meditation has been proven to increase concentration and attention, reduce stress and improve our physical and mental wellbeing.  

Using negative dialogue to our advantage

Negative self-talk can be damaging. It holds us back and intensifies feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt.

But what if you used this to your advantage?

Start by rewriting the script. “I can’t do this” becomes “I can’t do this yet”. “This is too hard” becomes “this is difficult now, but if I apply myself, I can begin to understand and improve”.

Embrace imperfection! We are all human, born to make mistakes.

Negative internal dialogue can be reduced by focusing on 'the today' and the opportunities that the present can bring you.

Focus on what is in your control rather than what is out of your control. Focusing on what is out of your control will only increase stress and anxiety.

Stop letting the past dictate your present and your future.

Become more resilient and embrace challenges

Welcome new challenges with open arms.

Learning to embrace challenges is a big part of changing our mindset. Learning to be more resilient is an important part of making positive change. Every day we have new challenges tossed our way. We wake up to unexpected news, tasks, problems, and setbacks.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back when our plans don’t exactly go in the direction we had hoped. Read more on resilience in our blog Bounce don’t Break, Ways to Build Resilience.


Reading Limitless by Jim Kwik this month has been one of my favourite experiences at MY BOOK CLUB. Learning how to upgrade the brain and our memory can unlock an exceptional life for anyone who is ready to embrace new, healthy habits.

Our expert speaker session with Calvin perfectly complimented the life-changing resources and tips Jim shares in his bestseller.

Instead of accepting the limitations placed on us we can choose to open our minds to new ways to upgrade our brains, improve concentration, unlock our genius, and become wildly successful.

Blog by Genie O'Dowd

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