As athletes, you’ve likely been told to give it 110 percent, grind it out, play until the whistle or something along these lines. Hard work certainly is a key aspect to success in sports, but at times our desire to want to do more does not always equate to better training and better performances.
Let’s look at some ways in which doing more can create more harm than help.
Focusing on the uncontrollable
One of the common traps we can fall into in baseball is devoting too much effort on the things outside our control. What are some examples of the things we can’t control? We can’t control the weather. We can’t control the decisions the coach makes. We can’t control the umpire, the pitcher or any of the other players on the field. The challenge is, we easily can get caught up in these factors that are outside our control. If we get a bad call, we can tend to get caught up in it and forget to focus on the game itself.