Diana’s Tips On Mental Toughness:

One must train the mind for "Championship Racquetball." The strongest sense we have is our feeling state, what we call our 'Emotional State". If it feels great, we continue doing it. If it does not feel good, we stop the pattern. So you have to feel great out on the court all the time. The greatest performances come from a state of enjoyment. We take risks, take chances, and are more creative in this state. If you are not enjoying racquetball, why are you playing? Your ideal state is always happy, calm, relaxed, and in control. No worries. Your passion

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Diana’s Tips on Mental Toughness

One must train the mind for "Championship Racquetball". Athletes thrive on consistency and routine. We are creatures of habit and perform best when there are no surprises. In order to obtain optimal performance levels, your "Championship Game", you need a pre-performance routine. What Is a Routine or Ritual? 1. Behavior: An athlete chooses certain behaviors that enhance her game (e.g., bouncing the ball three times before serving). 2. Habit: A behavior done over and over again (seven times) becomes a habit. If you bounce the ball three times every time you serve, you will eventually do it unconsciously. 3. Routine:

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Diana’s Tips on Mental Toughness

One must train the mind for "Championship Racquetball." In Sports Psychology we talk about an athlete having two brains...one in your head and one in your "gut." You have the Learning Brain (head) and the Sports Brain (gut). 1. Learning Brain - this is the brain in your head where you are auditory and then visual. At first you listen to instructions (auditory)and once you have heard the message your brain tries to see or "visualize" the message. In this way you have heard it and then have seen it and now you are ready to try it. a.  Auditory Brain

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Diana’s Tips on Mental Toughness

VISUALIZATION…. The #1 technique in maintaining mental toughness is visualization. It is the art of creating images in your mind of perfect technique and performance and allowing these images to become imprinted into your muscle memory which lives an inch and a half around your belly button. The best athletes do this naturally without even knowing it! But every athlete needs to understand that this is the key to perfecting consistent performance. “What your mind can perceive and your body believes…you can achieve!” – Terry Orlick YOUR MIND…is an amazing instrument. It does not know the difference between a vividly

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