Basketball To Success Strategy #4 Anchoring

Basketball To Success Strategy #4 Anchoring


One of the most famous Psychologist is Ivan Pavlov who studied stimulus response conditioning.  After noticing that dogs salivate when they eat, he made a unique stimulus, the shining of a light, then giving a meal.  He would turn on the light immediately before giving the dog food.  After several rounds of this, the dog would salivate even when the light was turned on but no food was presented.  Prior to this pairing of light, the light had no effect on the dog’s salivation, but after the stimulus of the light, combined with the response of salivation, the dog would reliably salivate when a light was on.  


The phenomenon of stimulus response conditioning has come to be known as “anchoring.” An anchor is a stimulus that triggers a mental state.  It has been applied to phobia treatment, motivation and other areas of personal development.  The beauty of anchoring is that it can be very easy to do yourself.  It can be done instantly.  Some people use music.  If you want to do this get music that matches and evokes the state you want to anchor.  When you use any of the strategies you learn apply the music to anchor it in.  Do this over and over and program yourself.  Just like the Ivan Pavlov did with dogs.  You can also use images as an anchor that can put you in a particular state.  It could be of something you desire, a picture of your family etc.   All of these anchoring techniques are designed for getting you an emotional state that connects to your brain, body, emotions and feelings.  


Recap Anchoring:

  1. Practice a favorite confidence-generating exercise.
  2. While doing so, listen to a piece of music that makes you feel confident or imagine an image that makes you feel good about yourself.
  3. When you want to re-create the confident feeling, internally hear that music or see that image.

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