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29.02.2020

Psychology behind mistake recovery in esports

Esports are highly dynamic and highly demanding. If we take a look at any professional match in any esport there is a high chance to find some degree of mistakes – some major, other not so important. The reality is that mistakes happen. They are a natural part of events not only in esports but in life as well. Yet, when mistakes occur, we get frustrated, mad at ourselves and sometimes even at our teammates.

Today I will offer you a simple and proven 3-step process to recover from mistakes in-game which anyone could use in their game or everyday life.

But before we dig in the process of recovering from mistakes, we have to clear one thing – mistakes are bound to be made. Most of us understand the nature of mistakes and are aware that they could occur at any time during our game, and yet we somehow believe that it won’t happen to us, or we are too good for it. Making no mistakes never at all means absolute perfection and nobody is perfect. So recognizing and truly accepting that mistakes occur is a crucial mindset that would help you truly follow this 3-step process.

1. Accept the mistake and move on

Your game is not a perfect sequence of events. It’s unrealistic to expect flawless performance – especially if you are a part of a team and your overall performance depends on at least four other people. So when mistakes occur – personal or team – the only rational and constructive choice is to accept them. In-game is not the perfect time to analyze why that mistake happened. It is also absolutely not the time to discuss it with your teammates or even worse – to argue about it. If you genuinely follow this first step, it would lead you to the second one.

2.Recover and play next

This recovery talk is focused on your “next play”. It’s really simple – all it requires is to say to yourself “It’s okay. I will get the next one.” This step is strictly related to (1) the mistake you did (2) the game you play. It could be related to your next round, respawn, kill, or another specific situation.

3. Reframe mistakes with positive statements

This last step is a more complex on theory but in reality, what it actually means is “What could this (the mistake) mean?” A mistake doesn’t mean a complete disaster or the end of your career. Yet, a lot of players instantly think to themselves “I am a failure. I let my teammates down”. And often this kind of thinking would only lead to more mistakes. Instead, a “reframe” could be used to look at mistakes as an opportunity to improve, learn or grow. It could be anything that creates some positivity around what just happened. But it should also be related to reality and backed by real arguments (evidence).

So in the end of the day everything is in your hands..or should we say your mind. Every player has the potential to outgrow their performance but also has the ability to make their game a complete nightmare. Remember that you can’t fix something physically if you didn’t fix it mentally in the first place. The above discussed 3-step process would expand your awareness about mistakes and is a valuable “companion” in tough times but the real change requires a lot of consistent work.

If you are ready to take your game to another level and use your full potential, email me at contact@goendgame.com or text me in Telegram at @goendgame.

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About George
George Atanasov is a mental performance consultant, currently working in professional esports. He has experience consulting elite athletes and esports players. If you want to improve your mental game sign up for a free initial session with him by messaging at contact@goendgame.com

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