If 70% of success in sports is mental training, then the most critical area of any sport is the six inch playing field between our ears. Turns out, the same principles that are used for mental discipline training for athletes are also secret weapons for everyday people like us who regularly face difficult scenarios, dilemmas, and problems.
Trisha Kroll, a Division 1 volleyball player at the University of Kansas, talks about what she learned about the mental part of the game during her collegiate career and how that led her to the field of sports psychology. She and her husband own and run a non-profit organization called The Difference Maker whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of athletes by training, equipping, and inspiring them in sports and in life.
Whether you are listening to this to be able to help your child, to educate your athletes, or to simply become stronger mentally, you will walk away with nuggets of gold to start applying today!
After playing division one volleyball at the University of Kansas and coaching for almost 20 years, Trish Kroll knows that the mental part of the game is crucial to an athlete’s success. It has become her passion to share with athletes what she wishes she would have known as a young competitor. Trisha and her husband, Alan, have five children and they own and run The Difference Maker, a faith based, character based non-profit organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of athletes by training, equipping, and inspiring them both in sports and life. Trisha knows that one of the best ways to make a difference in the lives of young athletes is to equip them with tools to thrive in their mental game. Trisha has learned from some of the best minds in the field of Sport Psychology and is a Positive Performance Mindset Certification Coach TM and a Visualization Specialist TM.
Don’t forget to download these free printables (also available in color). These are great reminders for you or your child. Put them on a mirror, in a lunch box or sports bag, or in your weight room.
Affirmation: “I am a strong, disciplined child of the mighty King who loves and serves well.” (Trisha’s personal affirmation)
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“What you watch, what you listen to, what your self talk is, what you visualize, and what you read greatly impact who you are becoming. So if we want transformation, we are going to need to be intentional about those things.”
“Your thoughts lead to your self talk, which leads to your emotions, which leads to your behavior, which leads to the result.”
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