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How many people do you know that constantly dream about becoming a professional eSport athlete, but they don’t do seem to want to do anything to make that happen? Maybe you were that person. They say things like “I deserve…” and “Someday I will…”

Investing in yourself is an important, first step to make. And using sport psychology to improve your approach towards your career is the best path forward.

I know that I have to prove that sport psychology works. There are a lot of other ways people use to try to get better at their eSport. So why should you listen to me?

For one, I am not interested in teaching what other coaches and “expert” players teach — specific in-game skills and strategies. What I teach has a different purpose: Learning how to optimize your training and performance, no matter the discipline.

What is Sport Psychology?

Sport psychology is trans-sport, and trans-competition. In actual fact, the field is called performance psychology. And the skills we practice are found universally across the human experience.

You will do this with a mixture of training. Videos and interaction on my forum being the biggest. You will also find case studies, decision making frameworks, and specific tactics you can use to motivate yourself, transform your training, and optimise your performance.

Here is some of what you will find inside.

Getting to know you is a pretty important step. When I coach my professional teams, building rapport and trust is a crucial step towards any future gains.

So I’d like to encourage you to make a FREE account and start your portfolio in the forums with an introduction.

There you’ll find others who share the same aspirations as you, and I’ll be stopping by to visit as much as I can. You’ll also be growing that portfolio throughout the training, as a kind of permanent trophy case of what you have accomplished.

Thanks, and talk to you soon,

Weldon

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The Mental Edge

Welcome to your free training!

Below you will find a series of links to media that we will work through from now until the end of March.

Those greyed out are marked as {Coming Soon} and will be popping up when they are added to the training. The goal is to maintain a balance and not overwhelm you with information, so I’ll send you an email every time I add something.

That being said, you’ll find that there is plenty to get started!

The first skill is called “Goal Setting”

Why or how is this important?

Many people are mystified by their actions in a given day. Sometimes they have dreams, goals, or things they want to accomplish. Often they are passionate about achieving SOMETHING. Yet, most people procrastinate, find it difficult to stay on task, or just don’t do things.

The default mode of the universe is that our actions (or external state) is a REACTION to our internal state. In performance psychology your internal state consists of your thoughts, emotions, urges, etc.

Animals, humans, even plants react to their internal state with external actions, usually coded by evolution into schemas. For example

You are walking down a crowded hallway, and you trip, tossing your belongings everywhere. You hurriedly pick them up. When you walk away you walk faster and look down.

This is a schema. You have an external action that you typically do because of an internal state (embarrassment). These can be different for different people, because humans are very cognitive animals.

John is walking down a crowded hallway, and he trips, tossing his belongings everywhere. He laughs and says outloud, “wow what a clutz, huh?”

John has an internal state (embarrassment) and his schema has him react with humor.

In high performance sport — well in high performance anything! Music. Leadership. Public Speaking. Even test taking — there are exceptions to this rule. There are people who have an internal state, but outside their actions do not obey what the schema tells them to do. Michael Jordan was famous for playing very consistently. Once, he was asked why was always so “in-the-zone?” He replied that he wasn’t always in the zone. He just played like he was.

Solid research in the past few years has shown us what high-performers have known for centuries. That it’s possible to separate external actions from internal state. No matter how you feel about something, you can often choose to do whatever you like. So while, let’s say, 99% of humans go through life obeying their schema, other’s choose to act according to what they value, and not what they feel.

The first step

It is a long road to conquering your actions. (Maybe not as long as you think! Some people accomplish it in months.) But the biggest step is sorting out what you value in the long-term. After you know your dream goal, it is possible to find a variety of paths to achieve them. It is these paths that people often call “goals.” Like a new years resolution, “lose 10 pounds,” or a League of Legends resolution, “get Platinum this season.”

While having that kind of goal is essential, it’s not enough. These are the ones that are easy to ignore, to procrastinate, and to simply fail at. Many people blame themselves, their effort, their talent, or sometimes their situation.

I want to blame the goal.

In the goal course you will learn

  1. What is a dream goal and what it is important
  2. What are step goals and why they don’t work for your daily tasks
  3. and What a workhorse goal is, and why most high-achievers use them automatically.

Do I have to study?

Let me be clear that it is possible to figure this out on your own. That’s what most successful business-persons, CEOs, and politicians do. However, we have researched what, exactly, are the most important psychological elements of this kind of goal and how they trigger human motivation. So you can consider this training as a kind of “cheat sheet” that will accelerate your learning.

Most of this is knowledge building. Some of it is application. You can decide when you get their if it’s worth it to you or not. Especially if you have already gone through the basics in my course or in another course, then this will be repetitive.

 

Getting started

Fundamentals in three types of goals and why they are important

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These 3 lessons take you through the most basic goal setting tactics. Before we can talk about how to abuse goals, make sure you know the fundamentals.

 

{Bonus Content} Fundamentals by Video

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These videos correspond with the goal-setting lessons above. Check them out for additional tips and tricks.

 

Making it real

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Take it beyond the mind with these concrete templates and worksheets.

 

Bonus content

I’ve been preparing a fantastic set of content for this March training series. I’ll be releasing it on the blog as well, but you can find it here linked below.

MindGames Podcast Episode #1 »

I interview Nicole “MizzPeach” Manning, the vice-president of Motion Gaming, the company that owns the Final Five League of Legends team. She discusses how to build a team, and how she picks talented players. As well as various other career trajectories in esport outside of professional player.

I interview Nicole “MizzPeach” Manning, the vice-president of Motion Gaming, the company that owns the Final Five League of Legends team. She discusses how to build a team, and how she picks talented players. As well as various other career trajectories in esport outside of professional player.

5 Tips for SoloQ Mentality »

You’re starving. Thinking of food when you’ve had none for hours can create that feeling. Finally, you arrive at a place with food options. One is a restaurant where you could wait an hour before being seated, and the other? Fast food. You hunger pangs scream loudly for the quickest route to fill your stomach and you decide to forgo the restaurant. Satisfied, you move on. Or do you?

You’re starving. Thinking of food when you’ve had none for hours can create that feeling.
Finally, you arrive at a place with food options. One is a restaurant where you could wait an hour before being seated, and the other?
Fast food.
You hunger pangs scream loudly for the quickest route to fill your stomach and you decide to forgo the restaurant.
Satisfied, you move on.
Or do you?

From 0 to 2.2k ELO in 3 weeks »

In this episode I interview Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, the marksman carry for the professional League of Legends team Copenhagen Wolves. We talk about how he trained to go from unranked to 2.2k ELO in less than three weeks, why that got him noticed by recruiters, and the tactics he had to use due to an enforced 4-hour time limit.

In this episode I interview Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, the marksman carry for the professional League of Legends team Copenhagen Wolves. We talk about how he trained to go from unranked to 2.2k ELO in less than three weeks, why that got him noticed by recruiters, and the tactics he had to use due to an enforced 4-hour time limit.

 

UPCOMING!

{Coming Soon} Going beyond the goals

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In this training video I discuss how to make the most of your time in practice, and the biggest mistakes in goal setting.

 

{Coming Soon} Training as an amateur (non-paid athlete)

Morning routines: Optimizing your effective training

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Weldon gives the 3 important elements of a solid morning routine, and makes you aware of decision fatigue and how it can impact your training.

 

{Coming Soon} 5 Minutes to drastically change the next 720

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A powerful template for setting your daily aspirations.

 

{Coming Soon} Your Professional Career

Getting Noticed: What to do outside the game

Video soon

In the final training video Weldon reviews the case studies you’ve heard how to navigate the waters of recruitment. He also introduces specific tactics for making a personal impact on somebody.

 

{Coming Soon} Make a Team? Or Join a Team?

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Marcel “Dexter” talks about how he made a team to get noticed, and what he recommends for you.

 

BONUS CONTENT

This is a training set I usually wait a bit to dig in to with players and coaches who are new to sport psychology. But since there’s so much preparation during this month’s long training set you’ll be well prepared for the material.

It’s not what you say, OK actually it is

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These 2 lessons lay the fundamental understanding of how your thinking gets you into trouble, and out of it.

 

Speech to Text

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This worksheet can bring clarity to thinking about your thinking.

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