Who else wants to be a better gamer?
This tested Olympic mindset routine for gamers will unlock your talent so you can skyrocket your rank fast.
About the routine
Our research show nearly 80% of top performers have a routine. Micheal Phelps, 8x Olympic Gold-Medalist, attributes much of his competitive success to the mental routine his coach Bob Bowman formulated for him. Josh Waitskin, chess grandmaster and the author of “The Art Of Learning” says a routine is absolutely essential to prim your mental state for competition. Flawed as he may be but nonetheless effective, Jordan Belfort (aka The Wolf of Wallstreet) instructed his top salespeople to perform a specific set of actions before and after their sales phone calls so that they could activate a winning mindset instantly.
The Perfect Pregame Routine pulls the proven strategies from these top performers and synthesizes them into a highly effective 10-minute pre-gaming session routine. Any gamer can use it to develop their skills faster and instantly improve their gameplay. And with any routine, it will become more effective the more you do it.
According to researchers at duke university, nearly 40% of our choices are deeply unconscious. There is both danger and opportunity in this. The opportunity is that you can develop new abilities that can eventually become instinctive. The danger is that we may unknowingly develop routines that are counter-productive.
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The 1 Second Win
“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition”
-W H Auden
For years before Michael Phelps won 8 consecutive gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he followed the same routine before every race.
He arrived two hours early, he stretched and loosened up according to a precise pattern: 800 mixer, 500 freestyle, 600 kicking with a kickboard, 400 pulling a buoy…
After the warm-up, he would dry off, put his earphones in and sit, never lie down, on the massage table. From that moment, he and his coach Bob Bowman wouldn’t speak a word to each other until after the race was over.
At 45 minutes before the race, he would put on his race suit.
At 30 minutes, he would get into the warm-up pool and do 600 more meters.
With 10 minutes to go, he would walk to the ready room. He would find a seat alone, never next to anyone.
He liked to keep the seats beside him free, for his things. Goggles on one side and his towel on the other.
When his race was called, he would walk to the blocks. There, he would do what he always did. A series of stretches. First, a straight leg stretches and then with a bent knee. Left leg first, every time. Then the right earbud would come out.
When his name was called he would take out the left earbud. He would step onto the block, always from the left side. He would dry the block, every time. He would stand and flap his arms in such a way that his hands would hit his back.
Phelps’s coach designed this physical routine with him, but that’s not all. He gave Phelps a routine around what to think about as he went to sleep and as he awoke.
He called it, “Watching the videotape.” There was no actual tape, of course, the “tape” was a visualization of the perfect race. In exquisite detail and slow-motion he would imagine and experience every moment of that race. From standing on the starting block to emerging from the water victorious with water dripping from his face.
Phelps didn’t do this routine occasionally, he did it every day before he went to bed and every day when he awoke, for years.
When asked about this legendary routine, Phelps’s coach said “If you were to ask Michael what’s going on in his head before a competition, he would say he’s not really thinking about anything, he’s just following the program. But that’s not right. It’s more like his habits have taken over. When the race arrives it’s more like he’s halfway through his plan and he’s been victorious at every step. All the stretches went as he planned. The warm-up laps were just like he visualized. His headphones are playing exactly what he expected. The actual race is just another step in a pattern that started earlier that day and has been nothing but victorious. Winning is a natural extension.”
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Designed and condensed into 5 short impactful steps to get your head in win mode before you’ve even begun.
I'm definitely going to implement this.
Step number five is so crazy it just might work.
I feel like I just play better after I do this.
About the author.
Gaming has always been an outlet for my competitive spirit. As a highly competitive person, I naturally sought ways to be the best.
What I’ve discovered along the way I love to share as I am fascinated by the mind and want to help and inspire others.
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