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Life Is Yours To Win: Lessons Forged from the Purpose, Passion and Magic of Baseball
An athlete can ask these three simple questions in order to create within himself an empowering and compelling picture of attending and participating in practice:
* Why am I here?
* What do I bring?
* Where can I go?
"Each practice is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to get better, and an opportunity to make a breakthrough and reach a new level."
TOUGHNESS: Developing True Strength On And Off The Court
What aspect of your game do you want to work on today? In what area of your game do you want to step up and reach a new level? Where is the breakthrough?
"I wanted every drill to have a mental purpose to it. I made it mandatory for the players to have a clear objective and a plan to achieve the objective before every match."
The Fearless Mind: 5 Essential Steps to Higher Performance
A player can find the purpose for any drill by creating a full-impact image of how that drill will help him successfully execute a play in a game-time situation. You develop a picture in your mind of your performance on the field or court. In fact, you want to use all of your senses in your visualization...see it, feel it, hear it, say it, then replay it.
More on our guest writer Anthony Lanzillo
Sports counselor and mental skills trainer - working with student-athletes from middle school through high school and into college (in such sports as lacrosse, football, soccer and basketball). Created the Reaching Your Mental Peak blog (sharpmentalsportsskills.blogspot.com) and Mental Skills In Sports community on google+. Currently, developing mental skills programs for the Haddon Township Lacrosse Club, the Northeast Collegiate Lacrosse League, and working with the sport management program at the University of Central Florida to develop a pilot program for high school athletic directors to establish mental skills programs for their student-athletes.