Hey there, fellow explorers! So, picture this: you’re about to dive headfirst into the whirlwind world of yours truly, Emma Karamovic. Yep, that’s me! Buckle up because we’re about to embark on a wild ride through the life of a professional basketball player with a huge love for books, and psychology.  

Who Am I? 

First off, let me introduce myself properly. I’m Emma – dreamer, adventurer, and all-around aficionado of life’s little surprises, I’m also a basketball player, trainer, coach, speaker, writer and forever will be a student of sports psychology. Did you notice that I didn’t define myself with what I do but with what I am. You see, I’ve always had this insatiable itch for exploration, a burning desire to see what’s beyond the horizon and around every corner, in life as in sports. Call it wanderlust, call it curiosity – whatever it is, it’s practically coursing through my veins. 

Now, you might be wondering, “Emma, where exactly have you been playing and living?” Well, the answer is: a little bit all over this world! From Europe (Sweden), to the warmth in USA (Florida), back to Europe (Spain & Germany), then to Australia (Melbourne) just to make my way back to Spain. But hey, my journey isn’t just about playing basketball and ticking off destinations on a map. It’s about the people I’ve met along the way, the stories they’ve shared, and the moments we’ve shared that have left an indelible mark on me. 

Unveiling the Mental Game: How I Use Psychology for Success 

Today, I’m pulling back the curtain on a crucial aspect of my journey – the important connection between mind and body that propelled me to the heights of athletic achievement. Strap in, because we’re about to dive deep into the world of sports psychology and uncover the strategies that transformed me from an aspiring athlete and writer. 

Let me take you back to where it all began – the pivotal moment happened when I was in high school, and I realized that my skills alone wouldn’t cut it in the fiercely competitive arena of sports. Sure, I had the talent and the drive, but something was missing – that X-factor that separates the good from the great. Enter the world of sports psychology, the secret weapon that would change the game for me was the mindset. 

Visualization: A Powerful Strategy 

One of the cornerstone strategies that revolutionized my approach was visualization – the art of mentally rehearsing success before it even happens. Picture this: before every game, I would close my eyes and immerse myself in a vivid mental movie of myself dominating the competition, executing flawless plays, and hugging my teammates after a victory. It wasn’t just wishful thinking; it was a powerful tool that primed my mind and body for success, laying the groundwork for peak performance when it mattered most. 

But visualization was just the tip of the iceberg. Another game-changing tactic was the power of positive self-talk. Do you know that little voice inside your head – the one that can either be your biggest cheerleader or your harshest critic? Well, I learned the importance of harnessing its potential for good, replacing doubt and negativity with affirmations of confidence and belief in my abilities. This is something I have to work on regularly, it’s not something you do once, and it’s fine. So, with each repetition, I rewired my brain for success, building an unshakable foundation of self-assurance that fortified me against the inevitable ups and downs of competition. 

Injuries: An Athletes Nightmare 

Of course, no journey to mastery is without its challenges, and mine was no exception. I, like many other athletes, suffered an injury that no athlete wishes upon their biggest enemy – I tore a few ligaments in my knee. I was out rehabbing for over a year, and I wasn’t back playing until 13 months after my surgery. To say that there were moments of doubt, setbacks, and heartbreak along the way would be a mild way of describing my journey.  

However, through it all, sports psychology provided me with the tools to navigate the turbulent waters of adversity with resilience and grace. Whether it was reframing failure as an opportunity for growth or staying laser-focused on the present moment, these mental strategies became my constant companions on the road to greatness. It also helped me focus on other areas of life, I regained a lot of lost connections, I came closer to loved ones, and started looking at life from a broader perspective. It was almost like a blessing in disguise. 

Was it hard to watch others do what I wanted to do? Absolutely, but it was also a chance for me to do other things in life that I wanted. So, instead of dreading what I couldn’t do, I was traveling, watching sunsets at my favorite spots all around Europe, and taking in what life was giving me because I knew this wasn’t possible when I was fully committed to a professional team.  

Where The Fun Began: The WHY is My Driving Force 

Alright, before we wrap this up, let’s dive into my mental training journey. So, here’s the deal: I used to be all about setting these crazy high expectations for myself, putting so much weight on the final score and outcomes. But you know what? That kind of mindset? It’s a fast track to burnout city. Trust me, been here, and done that. Back in my college basketball days, I hit a wall. I was drained, dreading every practice session, and just feeling utterly exhausted. 

But then, something clicked. It wasn’t some big epiphany or anything like that. It was more like a gradual realization. I stumbled upon my “WHY” – that deeper reason behind why I poured my heart and soul into the game. And let me tell you, it was a game-changer. 

Discovering my “WHY” wasn’t a walk in the park, though. It took some serious soul-searching and a lot of trial and error. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be that hard for you. Seriously. Your “WHY” is out there, waiting to be uncovered, and it’s worth the effort. 

So, here’s my two cents on how to do it: dive deep into self-discovery, soak up wisdom from those who inspire you, and kick those time-wasting habits to the curb. Oh, and don’t forget to keep that mindset positive and healthy – it’s a game-changer, I’m telling you. 

Now, if you’re wondering how to dig up your own “WHY,” I’ve got you covered, check out my website: http://emmakaramovic.com . Meanwhile, just ask yourself some tough questions: What triggers you? What makes you feel alive? What do you want to do with your time on earth? What emotions do you want to feel? Why do you think you’re here on this earth? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Trust me, once you start unraveling these mysteries, everything else falls into place. Your “WHY” becomes your secret weapon, your guiding star through life’s twists and turns. So, what are you waiting for? Start digging. Your “WHY” is waiting. 


So here’s to the power of the mind – the unsung hero behind every triumph, every victory, and every personal best. As I look back on my journey from aspiring athlete to professional, I’m reminded that true success isn’t just measured in medals and accolades; it’s forged in the crucible of mental grit and relentless determination. So whatever your own pursuit may be – whether it’s sports, academics, or the myriad challenges of everyday life – remember this: the mind is your most potent weapon, and with the right mindset, anything is possible.