Imagination is really a great tool for success.
If you can’t imagine something then it’s probably not possible. If you are lacking confidence or you have a negative outlook on something you can usually defeat these problems by using your imagination.
Don’t you remember playing cops and robbers as a child or playing house? These are just two examples of imagination at its best. Just by imagining you’re someone else you can create an entertaining experience out of something that otherwise would’ve have been a dull experience.
You’re looking to dribble a basketball better right? So why not pretend that you’re an N.B.A. pro or a street ball player that can dribble the ball very well. Pretend that you’re Chris Paul or Allen Iverson. Let’s say your favorite basketball dribbler is Chris Paul. When you’re in a situation where you don’t know what to do with the basketball, think about what would Chris Paul do? Thinking this way can give you confidence that you never thought you had.
You may be thinking, oh this is silly, but the fact of the matter is it works! If you’re broke and you believe that you’re Donald Trump you will feel richer, If you’re shy and you believe that you’re Will Smith you will be more social. There are so many situations where you can use your imagination to give you an instant confidence boost.
Some people are very harsh on themselves. They have a negative view of themselves that they programmed into their brain and can’t remove. Using their imagination and pretending to be someone else can help remove this negative view from their brains.
You can try pretending to be different players until you find the one that you can relate to the best. If you have a few basketball players that you like and can dribble the ball very well, try pretending to be each one of them. For example if you favorite ball handlers were Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant, you would pretend to be Chris Paul today, then pretend to be Allen Iverson the next day and pretend to be Kobe the day the third day. Whichever player you pretended to be and felt the most confident as is the one you want to stick with.
Using your imagination this way can be very powerful. If you’ve never tried this I advise you to give this a try. This may seem strange or corny but the great apart about it is nobody has to know you’re doing it. I’m not saying to talk like the player or dress up like them but you can just attempt to play like them.
This is a great solution if you really want to dribble a basketball better. This will deliver instant results but you shouldn’t use this to replace ball handling drills and exercises.
However you can use this technique with a series of ball handling drills and exercises for some amazing improvement to your dribbling ability.