Well meaning team mates had plenty of advice about what I was doing wrong: "Don't take your eye off the ball or you shouldn't throw sidearm to first." I became focused on what NOT TO DO AND WHAT I WAS DOING WRONG. No amount of avoiding the wrong fielding techniques seemed to help. It was hopeless!
Seeing my frustration my Dad took me aside and simply said, "Don't focus on what you are doing wrong, keep concentrating on the good things you're doing for the team like hitting and running the bases and encouraging the other guys on the team."
In my own Christian life I've expended so much energy and prayer trying to avoid sin and things that displease God that, too often I'm not focused on doing the "right thing." In James 4:7 it says "resist the devil and he will flee from you." Rather than resisting the devil by focusing on what not to do, I've learned that "doing the good I know I should do", puts me on the offensive when battling Satan's evil darts. Now I'm praying more that God shows me the GOOD THINGS I SHOULD BE DOING rather than only resisting the wrong things.