Welcome to my complete guide on how to get good at gaming and anything in life. For whatever skill level you are at in gaming, this guide should help you out at becoming a better gamer.
This guide will benefit you in nearly any kind of learning too, and what I mean by that is that some advice can be applied with other forms of learning and not just playing video games.
Even though the focus of this guide is geared towards PC gaming, a lot of the concepts within this guide can be applied to other gaming platforms as well.
These lessons are very flexible and can be shaped and molded to your needs, so let’s get started!
The Two Big W’s
Before you want to get better at gaming, you need to know what it is that you want to get good at and why.
(1) What do you want to get good at? What kind of games do you want to get better at?
(2) Why do you want to get better at it/them?
Once you know what and why, you now have a reason for why you want to get better at something and in addition, you know exactly what it is and you can start laying down the main foundations.
Everything All Good?
You need to really enjoy something if you want to get good at something. What I like about the advice I’m giving you, is that it can be applied to any ambition you have in life.
For example if you want to learn another language, but don’t enjoy learning it, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to learn it. For you to get good at something, it needs to be something you are passionate about.
This doesn’t mean that training isn’t going to be hard, of course it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to get good at something. You can’t just expect to become good at something you want to be good at overnight.
So it needs to be something you enjoy. So if you want to get better a game rethink if it’s worth it and something that you’d enjoy.
How Not Setting Goals Affects Your Progress
Goals are extremely important for making progress because they are motivators. When you set goals, there is anticipation and hopes to reach the next level.
But if goals are set incorrectly they can also crush your motivation, so it’s very important to set the right kind of goals. All in all, it’s important to have short term and a long term goals. The short term goals and long term goals support each other.
You need short achievable goals that make a pathway to your big long term goal because if you don’t have any easy to achieve goals, you will feel like you aren’t making any progress and it can demotivate you.
And if you don’t have any long term goals you won’t have anything big to look forward too, so that’s why you need both short term and long term goals to work together to brew motivation.
While short and long term goals are part of the framework of your goals, it gets a lot deeper than that. So let’s go over on how these goals should be set.
I learned from George T. Doran about making your goals SMART. So all credit given to him on this idea.
SMART stands for:
- Specific – Your goals need to be very specific and answer the question of why. I’m talking numbers here. For example, “I want to practice _______ for 1 hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week because _______.”
- Measurable – You should be able to track your progress through measurements with your goals. This will not only give you detailed feedback on how you are doing, but it is an excellent way for insights and further improvements you can make. An example of a measurable goal is, “How many times I lost a battle in the previous gaming session and how much I want to improve in any future sessions and why I want to.”
- Assignable – You need to know how your goals can be accomplished and what steps need to be taken.
- Realistic – Be sure that your goals are realistic and not too sketchy. For example, “I want to be a pro guitar player within one night, isn’t a very realistic goal.” In addition, think about all the difficulties that might arise in the process of trying to achieve your goals and think of solutions or better ways of wording your sub-goals from your main idea to ensure that you can actually achieve them.
- Time-bound – You need to think about how much time you’re going to be spending for your goals. And most importantly, a deadline for every goal that you set. If you have a deadline, you will feel like you need to complete the goal before it’s due and see a significant spike in your overall progress.
With achieving anything in life you need to have a stairway of goals to motivate you. Goals not only motivate you, but can be great indicators of your success. They can help you measure your progress and keep you on the right track.
Don’t Work Hard?
If you push against a wall but nothing happens, then you are exerting all that energy and not making any progress in moving the wall. You are attempting to move something you can’t move and wasting all the time and energy into it.
A lot of people think that if you work hard you will make progress, but it always seems to be the opposite of that. So if working hard isn’t a good idea, then what should I do?
Working smart is the best way to go. Working smart is when you use your time efficiently and wisely for your goals instead of pouring all your time and energy into less efficient methods.
Example of working hard: Putting all your time, effort, and energy into flipping over a monster truck tire until it makes it to the correct destination.
Example of working smart: Instead of constantly flipping the giant, heavy tire over and over again, you roll it on its side.
Be clever with anything you do, learn the in’s and outs to find the best way of handling the situation. Don’t over think or exhaust yourself with less efficient methods.
Keep in mind when it comes to memory, learning works best with balanced and spaced repetition. Practice makes perfect, but practice as much as you need to and want to.
If you want to become a better gamer you need to do a lot of practicing, but it shouldn’t be something that you won’t enjoy.
If you aren’t enjoying learning something a certain way, try other methods of learning, but make sure they are enjoyable and efficient.
But if all else fails and you find yourself not enjoying the learning, don’t give up because it will all be worth whatever skill you desire to acquire within the end.
Once you get done with all the stuff you don’t like so much, you can finally move onto the fun stuff in the end.
But if you truly don’t enjoy learning a particular skill in the end with the combination of not liking the training, then it’s probably a good idea to try something else that you’re more passionate about.
Also, when things get rough, don’t stress or you will find your mind clouded and not thinking clearly. A clouded mind obscures you from seeing clearly and can affect your performance.
Mistakes Are Good
If someone has ever told you that mistakes are bad, they just aren’t looking at them the right way. When we look at the surface mistakes look bad, but if we delve a little deeper, mistakes are keys to open doors to improvements.
If we didn’t make mistakes, we wouldn’t have any way of correcting ourselves. If we didn’t make mistakes, we wouldn’t have a system of feedback.
So the next time you make a mistake, don’t look at it as a bad thing, instead take it positively and improve from there on. Mistakes give you feedback for making corrections!
Everyone makes mistakes and it’s a natural part of life, if anyone criticizes you for making a mistake then ask them if they have ever made a mistake before.
Whenever you make a mistake, think of what caused it and all the ways you can improve from on there.
There will always be resources for whatever you are trying to improve. Think about the costs of everything you’ll need for your goals and utilize the best resources you can get your hands on.
Gear can affect the way we learn and perform. For example, if you are a gamer it can have a significant impact on your performance.
If your game is constantly lagging, then it will be a disruption to your learning environment and make it difficult for you to make any improvements and perhaps you need a more powerful system.
If your not comfortable in your gaming chair, it could turn into a distraction from the game. If you press keys rapidly and don’t have a good keyboard and mouse that can’t register your clicks fast enough, then it could be a problem.
Utilize different ways of doing things. For example, you may find yourself performing better with a controller than a keyboard, so use it to your own advantage.
If there is a problem that is affecting your learning, look for a solution and make improvements from there on. For example if you are having internet connection problems, then maybe it’s time to upgrade your internet speed.
If you are online gaming and it involves communication and team work, learn to communicate effectively and be sure that you are heard clearly from your mic.
Again, almost everyone in the world has some kind of hobby or ambition for achieving something. This knowledge I’m giving you can be applied to almost any goal you may have. So mold this information to fit your own needs.
It is common for when people start something to lose motivation if they aren’t achieving their goals right away. Don’t give up and take a couple steps back to see what’s holding your progress back. Make any necessary improvements that are needed.
If you feel that you are losing motivation, sometimes it’s a good idea to look at others that have achieved your dreams. Don’t try to compare yourself to them though or it can reduce your motivation more.
Try to focus on your self without comparing yourself to others, but it’s OK to look at one someone else is doing and to use that as inspiration to become more motivated, but be sure you do it in the right way.
You don’t have to do things exactly the way other people do, do whatever works best for you. You will find that some methods work better and some don’t.
It’s okay to learn from others, but it’s all about finding what works best for you since you aren’t like everyone. Everyone has a different set of skills and what may seem useful to someone won’t be as useful to another person.
Looking at the benefits of your goals can also be great motivators. There are pros and cons to everything, even in gaming. For example gaming can work your eye muscles and help those with lazy eye.
Some video games can even improve your critical thinking, decision-making, memory, reflexes, hand and eye coordination, and even your social skills (due to the increase in team work and in game voice chat).
I definitely love the direction modern gaming is going. There are even some physical health benefits arising as more modern gaming technologies are being released with increased physical activity aspects, like virtual reality.
In a nutshell, I want you to look at the benefits of whatever it is that you are trying to improve and to see your ideal self. Reflect on your goals and be sure to measure your progress for increased motivation.
Remember, motivation can make or break your dreams!
Let’s quickly review everything we’ve learned today:
- What do you want to get good at and why?
- Must be something you will end up enjoying in the end.
- Set long term goals and branch them out with smaller goals. Make sure they are SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-bound).
- Don’t work hard, instead you should work smart!
- Leverage your mistakes to your own advantage and use them as feedback.
- Get the proper gear and resources needed.
- Some people are motivated and inspired by others, but some people aren’t. Choose whatever works best for you.
- Don’t compare yourself to others or it could hurt your progress.
- Look at the benefits and imagine what your end ideal self will be like for extra motivation.
- Stay strong!
I really hope you find these kinds of posts useful and happy gaming or whatever you do for fun! I encourage you to leave a comment and maybe spark a discussion with me. Good luck!