How Shohei Ohtani Visualized His Basseball Success

As a sophomore at Hanamaki Higashi High School in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan, Shohei Ohtani set a goal for himself: to become the nation’s premier baseball prospect by the time he graduated.

To achieve it, he turned to the Harada Method, a personal-growth technique created by Takashi Harada, a former middle-school teacher in Japan. Following the method’s guide, Ohtani identified eight key areas in which he felt he needed to develop, both as an athlete and as a person. From there, he narrowed his focus even further, pinpointing…

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