A genuine guide on:

how to overcome

emotional barriers

to ranking up in Overwatch?

A genuine guide on:

how to overcome emotional barriers to ranking up in Overwatch?

Does this sound like you?

– “I am really REALLY bad at positioning.

– “No matter how much I practice or play in general, I don’t feel like I am improving at all and I’m starting to get really frustrated with this.”

– “I was hanging around mid diamond, with the goal of reaching masters by the end of the season.”

Sometimes, we all prevent ourselves from improving and achieving our goals of reaching the desired rank or SR.

Every new challenge – getting better at Overwatch – may bring a certain amount of frustration. Sometimes you want to bang your head on the wall. But it is where you have to be tenacious. Everybody sucks in the beginning but as time goes on, you will get better and better.

When you want to improve or learn something new the biggest barriers to the learning are rarely mechanical but are emotional. At the beginning of the process of acquiring new skills, you are usually bad at it. The whole thing isn’t fun, because you haven’t reached the level where you can enjoy it. But the good news is that the frustration you feel is actually something good. It is your inner self telling you that you are getting out of your comfort zone. It roots from the fact that you are doing something challenging, and it usually keeps you haunting until you start getting better at the subject. The same thing applies when you want to get better at Overwatch, like achieving a better game sense or understanding game positioning.

In order to learn something new, sometimes you need to fail.

This is what happens:

Things are light and fun at first, but then you become more aware of your limitations. You realize that there is a massive gap between what you have accomplished so far and where you want to arrive.

There might be a lot of things preventing you from improving. You don’t need to identify them all, but to understand yourself and begin to get a sense of how you may actively prevent your own improvement. Once you are aware, getting around them is so much easier. You already solved half the puzzle. What you want to achieve is not letting these barriers arise and overcome you the next occasion in which they might occur as you will be able to tackle them at their roots. Of course, a certain amount of motivation is required to step forward in this process. When you feel in the grip, this might make you frustrated. You might experience all or some of these feelings mixed up with your frustration, which can easily sabotage your improvement and motivation to push through this stage and become a grandmaster player by the end of the next season:

  • Fear of criticism
  • Fear of judgment
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection
  • Shame
  • Doubt
  • Inadequacy

The main obstacle you have to overcome is inside of you. It is not the many hours of practicing or some lost games that scare you it is the period of feeling uncomfortable that makes you want to give up. If you understand that this is totally normal and you push through the period you will start to see the results you desire. OMNICoach has summarized some tips which could help you outgrow your inner self and to start achieving your goals.

Do you want to get better at aiming, become a professional Overwatch player or just have fun with your friends and improve your win rate you might face obstacles that directly get in the way of meeting your goals? You can divide obstacles into two main categories. Over some of them, you have little direct control as they are external things and some are your inner beliefs which are slowing you down. Both categories have the potential to successfully weaken your motivation to keep stepping forward. However, focusing on what you can control and ignore what you can’t already make a difference. Dealing with each obstacle would still be important, but by tackling one — say the most important to you — you can change the intensity of the rest. The goal is to identify where you have the largest degree of control. You don’t have much control over who your teammates are or how cooperative they play but you can focus on your input instead. Your aiming, positioning skills depend on you practicing enough and are not outside your awareness. What is your input towards your goals? Are you focusing on that or rather you are focusing on the parts of the environment that you have no control over? Focusing on small victories rather than big wins is the thing that going to help you more in the long run.

Practice makes perfect.

One of the best ways to beat the frustration barrier is to commit to mandatory practice. Even better if you get feedback on your game after you played. If you decide to practice a certain amount and you actually follow your decision, you can eventually win over your inner doubts just by putting in enough time and staying persistent. Regardless of what your goal is ideally, you should revisit a matter at least a few times to increase the chances that you’ll be able to acquire the certain skills which are required for your improvement. The more competent you become at a skill, the less work your brain has to do. Over time, a skill becomes automatic and you don’t need to think about what you’re doing. First, you are having trouble with aiming, but after enough practice, it will be normal for you to hit your target so you can start to concentrate on positioning and game sence.

Short-term goals

The best way to make achieving your goals less difficult is to break it up into smaller, manageable goals. Most probably you are more willing to suffer through something uncomfortable if it is easier to achieve what you are aiming for and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Setting smaller goals like:

  • Learning one mechanical skill at a time (eg dodge, flick shots, ability control)
  • Learning hp pack positions
  • Discovering the best routes to attack from

Setting smaller goals also helps to give focus and maintain motivation. Don’t lose your vision but begin with something small and keep the end in mind. A very good technique for practicing with your small goals in mind is to break down practice into intervals separated by short breaks. It works because after a focused mode (your preferred time) you have a short break — and after a few focused mode session you have a long break. 


Emotional State

Adopting the right emotional state might have a big influence on when and how you achieve your goals. When you are feeling down or not satisfied with yourself remember this:

Your brain has the tendency to convince you that what you are experiencing right now will continue to be true in the future. This is obviously not true but still feels like it at that moment. You are stuck, and you feel that it will never change. Try to analyze yourself and identify your emotional state. Your state temporarily influences how you see the world around you. If you are enthusiastic and excited, you will likely have positive thoughts about your upcoming game. If you are nervous, you probably won’t and it will probably have an impact on your performance too.

With acknowledging the emotional state you are in, you will be able to bring it to a conscious level, which will enable you to tackle it. If you know that you might be in the dip, you already know that experiencing fear, lack of motivation, frustration, etc. is totally normal. If you know it is normal, why would you bother? Rather, sit down and play another game and don’t mind if you lose or win if you are play of the game or not. Just make sure you focus on what you have direct control over and know that in the long run, your tenacity will pay off and failures are essential to improve.

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