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Many people feel stuck when they ask themselves, “How can I improve?” A better question to ask might be, “How can I be less bad?”
In the world of esports, self-improvement advice is everywhere. Gamers seeking to level up are bombarded with Reddit boards, coaches, videos, paid communities, and training camps. It’s a never-ending cascade of tips and suggestions that can easily drown out the truly useful information.
Here’s a different approach: instead of focusing on what skills and techniques to acquire, try zeroing in on your weaknesses.
Identifying what you’re doing wrong can be simpler than discovering what you need to do right. The “right” way is often unknown territory, requiring input from coaches and fellow players, followed by a daunting task of sifting through the noise.
In contrast, pinpointing your errors is more straightforward. By reviewing your own games and analyzing each time you died, you can ask yourself, “Why did that happen?”. More often than not, your mistakes will be glaringly apparent. Whether you overextended, miscounted enemy players, or missed a skill shot, closely examining your own games will reveal a treasure trove of shortcomings to address.
The next step? Stop making those mistakes.
Eliminating bad habits is akin to subtracting negatives. The fewer errors you make, the more your overall gameplay will improve. As you consistently eradicate mistakes, your skills will naturally progress.
To streamline this process, try using Reiterate. Transform each blunder into an audio clip and, if desired, turn each negative into a positive. For example, if you are dying because you don’t track the enemy numbers in a team fight, you can make a clip like, “I will always count the number of enemies before committing to a team fight.”
Once you find you are no longer exhibiting the negative behavior, you can retire the clip. And that’s how you improve by being less bad.
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