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Coach Tip: Help Athletes Focus On Strengths And Controllables

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Jake Wald (@Jake_Wald) played collegiate baseball for George Washington University and went on to have a 9 year pro career. He played at every level of the San Francisco Giants minor league system and finished his career in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After briefly coaching college baseball, Jake joined Positive Coaching Alliance and is now the Business Development Manager, overseeing Chapter Expansion.

Wald explains that as a coach, you want your players focused on what they can control. Several situations arise when players want to be the hero, but that isn't something they can control or should focus on. Instead, coaches should urge their players to focus on the specific things that make them successful. If players focus on their unique role and strengths rather than a moment or goal that is out of their control, they are more likely to become a valuable asset to the team and help the team achieve success.