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Training a sport requires time, patience, and sacrifice. When athletes train a new skills, they face challenges:

The basis of consistent improvement comes from a strong mental foundation. You must approach training with focus and fearlessness in order to improve your abilities. Sport psychology, actually performance psychology, is the study of the human mind both from the biological perspective and from the humanist perspective. We research what makes high performers tick, and what the special sauce is that breeds champions.

In this foundations training we go over my framework for deliberate practice. That is, learning new skills, and improving the ones you have. There’s a dark side of practice, and that is training the wrong thing over and over again until you’ve cemented sub-optimal performance into your muscles, into your mind. Learn how to avoid making bad habits permanent, and how to root out those that are on their way.

The tools I present can help overcome the challenges inherent in competitive life, and even transfer to other domains and increase your success at life in general!

Module 1 – The Motivational Mindset

Why is motivation different in sport science than what society usually views motivation as? This key perception change is necessary so that you know the difference from motivation, which everybody has, and effort, which few are capable of.

I also discuss decision fatigue and delve into how I optimize my day for mental performance. Do you fatigue your ability to learn before you even get to the training portion of your day?

Module 2 – Esport Goals

Goal setting is often done badly. Most people don’t know that there are actually three goals (or more!) that can be used to make sure that you are motivated both by your aspirations and your daily actions towards those dreams. It’s important to have three different styles of goals, and fear-setting may be far more important to your success than goal setting is.

Goal-setting 1

I reintroduce the reasons that aspirational goals, step goals, and workhorse goals operate differently on our motivation. Additionally I explain the pros and cons of each.  We also do a goal setting activity I do with my professional clients: taking your aspirational goal and break it down into yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily steps.

Goal-setting 2

In this lesson I delve into a specific example from League of Legends that shows you how to construct a workhorse goal.

Goal-setting 3

It’s almost easier to learn something by seeing what not to do rather than looking at good examples. That way you can ensure that even if you don’t succeed at first, at least you’re not failing in the long term. So in this final lesson we go over the biggest blunders that are made by goal-setters, whether intentional or not.

Module 3 – Supporting Success

It’s rare that an athlete makes it to an elite level without a robust support network. Whether that is coaches, compatriots, friends, or mentors, there are certain people who are necessary for rapid competitive growth. It could be that in spite of your work towards progressing your skills, it’s actually your support network holding you back. In this video I discuss the three crucial elements of a learning network, and describe what part they play in helping you succeed.