As a coach, you should help athletes who get angry or frustrated with their performance. You don’t want them to shut down in the middle of a game. First, your athletes need to understand the confidence-expectation connection. Strict or high expectations can undermine and suck the life out of confidence.
Next, teach them how to let go of errors quickly by working on their thoughts/perceptions about the errors. For example, making an error is not frustrating by itself. What is frustrating is the athlete thinks about the error such as “I should NEVER make an error like that.” The key is to help them accept errors by thinking differently about them.
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