From Values to Victory: Keys to Self-motivated Goal Setting

People always say that setting and achieving goals is essential for increasing your performance. I hate to break it to you, but they’re not wrong. When you first set a goal, you are usually pumped about it. Why, then, do we often have trouble sticking with our goals through obstacles and setbacks? To truly understand […]

Five steps to rev up your soloQ rewards — and motivation!

Using rewards to keep yourself motivated.  It makes sense.  You do something well, get a pat on the back for it, and then you will want to do it more…right? Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that you have tried something like this before, and it didn’t quite work out the way you wanted it […]

Top 6 Mental Habits to Dominate Solo Queue

Getting into a habit can take time, and changing habits that we find to be ineffective can be even more troublesome. When setting a goal for solo queue in League of Legends consider these habits that will help provide opportunities for sustained success if you desire to grind out many games a day and for […]

A champion’s professional attitude

It’s possible to be a professional eSport athlete without having a professional mindset. Getting paid to play is usually achieved by attaining a certain level of performance. However, developing that play into a championship means dedication, hard work, and a mindset that allows for you to overcome defeats and strive for victory. There’s always the […]

Gaining rank next season: Values vs Behavior

With the ranked season ended in League of Legends, many players are taking stock of where they finished the season and if they are satisfied with their rank or if they would like to increase it in the upcoming season. An example of this would be a person obtaining a rank of Silver in this […]

Team atmosphere – Competition versus Mastery

I see a lot of misconceptions about talent in eSport. Recently coaches and analysts have been trading athletes away who have reached their “talent cap.” You talk about how older athletes lose out in skill matches to younger ones. During the League of Legends offseason prior to the 2015 season, many managers are nervously assessing promising, […]

D4rker discuss how to train – IEM Kiev

Thursday at IEM Kiev the League of Legends caster Phreak interviewed D4rker from team White Lotus after their loss versus Curse Gaming. During the interview D4rker gave some fantastic advice about training a pro gaming team. My favorite part of the interview was when he talked about keeping motivated and focusing on learning through your […]

A class of athletes lacking goals?

Today I was teaching a class of high school student athletes. They go to a top sports high-school and typically have four or more hours of practice a day. It’s quite a nice gig actually. After the first period, which is usually morning training, there is a breakfast served. It’s a delicious and healthy, whole […]

How badly do you want it?

I have to admit, sometimes I spend hours watching emotional sports videos on youtube.  There’s just something about people pursuing and achieving their dreams that is addictive to my emotions.  Today I saw a video with a soundtrack from Eric Thomas laid over Giavanni Ruffin’s highlights from his practice.  The strongest message from the video is […]