It’s not possible to improve without facing a challenge. We need stimulus, or stress, in our everyday lives in order to grow, learn, and become a better version of ourselves.
Think of weight training. You can't just will yourself to be muscular.
You have to actually challenge your body repeatedly, day after day, week after week, in order to get the results you want.
The same goes for gaming. You don’t get better by just wanting to be better, to actually progress you need to challenge yourself as well.
Below are some key mindset changes about your gaming in order to achieve this.
Mindset 1: View challenge as an opportunity to grow
The number one way to grow as a gamer is to view challenges as a way forward, not as a setback.
Imagine you’ve been playing your favorite game, but only casually. You play game after game of normals, getting to the point where you can easily dominate your opponents. While this feels good, is it helping you improve? Why are you not entering ranked games? Are you afraid of losing?
This is where you need to change your mindset. Enter the ranked match.
You may lose horribly the first time, the first ten times! But you can learn something from every loss. What's important at the beginning is not whether you win or lose, but what you learn about how to play better, match by match.
Losing sucks, and when deep adversity strikes, the next rule becomes important.
Mindset 2: Embrace mistakes
In gaming and in life, we learn the most from our mistakes. There is no such thing as perfect in gaming. No one will ever win every match. While growing and getting better, you will inevitably make mistakes. And thats okay.
The best players actively seek to fix their weaknesses by consciously observing their errors. After spotting a mistake in their game, they use it as the way forward to turn that weakness into a strength.
If you adopt a mistake embracing mindset two amazing things will happen:
1. Your growth as a gamer will accelerate.
2. You will develop a better relationship with yourself.
But what happens if you can’t correctly identify a mistake? The last rule addresses this issue.
Mindset 3: Get good at self-reflection
Changing the way you interpret mistakes is a great step to improving, however if you misdiagnosing the problem in the first place, you can end up chasing your tail.
Self-reflection (or lack of it) can either lead you to efficient improvement in your game, or a cycle of making the same mistakes over and over without ever truly identifying the issue.
It is important to be able to tell the difference between the two.
An important aspect of truly overcoming a weakness is in realizing you should only focus on what you can control.
Don’t become fixated on the outward factors: like a patch update, another player on your team, or anything else that you can’t directly affect.
Instead, think about only what you can do, your accuracy, communication, anything else that you can directly control. These are the things to reflect on that will help you progress, not how badly your teammate flamed you for a bad death or a missed shot.
Again, over time I promise you will become better at identifying the root of a mistake. As you correctly identify what issues you have in game, the quicker you will be able to diagnose and overcome them!
A concrete way to quantify your progression is through journaling.
Reflecting on each gaming session, and then writing it down, will do more than you think in allowing you to see past patterns, allow you to better identify your weaknesses, and improve upon them!
So, there you have it. A quick dive into the growth mindset in gaming. How you respond to obstacles in gaming will determine how much you grow, and get better in game, but also in life. So stick to it! Things may be tough, but if you take each match, or day as a chance to get better, you will see massive improvement.