In this article I am going to talk about anchoring and “anchors”. Now I am not referring to the anchors that you see on ships or boats, but an even more important and common place type of anchor, which all of us are subject to.
This anchor is a psychological one. It basically means reproducing a state or emotion when you see or think of something that reminds you of a particular moment in the past. In the context of motivational psychology it means something like the following example that I will present to you. You had an exam, a very important exam which you found very difficult. A lot depended on it, if you failed you could possibly suffer or your ambitions would be wrecked. You did the exam, then later you found the result. Not only did you pass, but you passed with flying colours. Your body releases certain chemicals, these chemicals actually have a positive health benefit on your body and if by the way such a state of emotional high and positivity were to be reproduced on a very regular basis it would have an amazingly positive impact on your body, phsyical health, emotional health and ultimately success.
Coaches that train people to produce their best, such as motivational coaches, sports coaches and others often use this technic. They get their client to remember a positive event in the past. A lot of the time it can be a huge obstacle or difficulty with great rewards as in the aforementioned example of the student who passed a difficult but important exam. Coaches reinforce their clients belief in their ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and challenges by remembering similar situations in the past where they actually achieved their goals.
The law of attraction and anchoring.
Many people are familiar with the law of attraction, which in some ways is essentially basic common sense, as you can see from some of my examples in this following satirical, but serious article, click here to read, though however it should not be dismissed so easily as many so-called rational “sceptics” do. The key thing to remember with the law of attraction is that in addition to trying to attract what you seek, you will also need to do lots and lots of hard work. I for instance have quadrupled the hits to my blog in the short space of a few weeks by posting over 20 blogs in less than a month. Hard work does pay off, ultimately. To read another blog of mine where I spoke about the law of attraction, please click here.
When you constantly “anchor” and reproduce and recreate those feelings of success and achievement you had in the past, you are in effect going in to a state of positivity which will help (with the hard work required) to attract more of that success.
The more you remember and engage in the positive euphoria of previous successes, the more likely you will attract future successes.
In future blogs I will elaborate more on this very important and powerful technique.
- Jahan Choudhry