Having a Good Mentality Means Improving Quicker
The right mentality has always been the best way of improving your skills in anything you set your mind to. If you aren’t focused or motivated you won’t retain anything useful. Worse if you find yourself stressed or angry you can actually have a counterproductive experience. Here are seven tips on how to have the right mentality and improving faster in Rocket League.
Stop focussing on your rank
It sounds counterintuitive but focussing too much on your rank and what rank you want can negatively affect your practice. If you spend too much time thinking about the progress you’re making you’ll spend less time focussing on your own skills. It’s good to check on where you are every now and then; but if you can spend most of your time thinking about what you’re training and not how good you actually are, you’ll find yourself improving quicker.
Focussing on your rank can also negatively affect your mood and confidence. For example, if you find that you’re at a lower rank than you feel you deserve, then this can lower your confidence and you’ll play even worse. We all improve at different rates so don’t be disheartened if you’re not where you want to be yet.
Take regular breaks
Let’s say you play four hours of Rocket League a day. If you divide these into two-hour chunks or even four one hour chunks you will find you are able to concentrate more in-game and you’ll learn new skills quicker. If you play too long in one sitting your brain will get tired and will pick up new skills at a slower rate. When you practice a new skill your brain rehearses what it’s learned during the day during your downtime; this is most apparent during sleep.
This also means its important to take at least one day off a week from playing Rocket League. The grind is important, but remember you want your brain to be at optimum performance when you’re practicing.
Focus on one skill at a time
If you booted up Rocket League and started grinding hard every day, you would improve a lot…obviously. However, this isn’t the most effective way of improving. If you want to get ahead of the competition and improve faster, then you need to focus on one aspect of your game at a time.
Playing Rocket League without much thought won’t get you very far. Like any other skill, break it down into specific goals. Find one aspect you want to work on, whether it’s your rotations, aerials, or 50/50s, and focus on improving that during your play session. By breaking it down into specific goals your brain will have a far easier time improving and won’t be quite so lazy.
You’ll find that with this method it’s a lot harder to play for longer periods of time before you lose focus and that’s a good thing. It means your working your brain harder and you’ll be rewarded because of it. It’s equivalent to running for 30 minutes compared to walking for an hour.
Stop blaming your teammates
I’m sure everybody at some point has had teammates that pass to the opponents, score own goals, or save your shots. It fills you with a wrath that could rival the gods themselves. And yeah, in that case it was most likely them that lost you the match. But I see so many people who constantly blame their teammates every single game and think that that’s the reason they’re not ranking up.
If everybody is blaming their teammates then isn’t it everyone’s fault? The point of this tip is to get into a habit of analyzing your own game and thinking about what you can do better. No matter how badly your teammates play, what could you have done better in that situation? Constantly putting the blame on others will prevent you from analysing yourself and will hinder your own improvement.
Embrace the mistakes
A big part of improving is making mistakes over and over again. It can be incredibly frustrating to constantly mess up a skill you’re trying to learn. If you go into your play session with the understanding that you will make a lot of mistakes, you’ll both enjoy the game and improve faster.
If you’re making a lot of mistakes in the game and you’re aware of them, then you’re doing the right thing. This means you’re out of your comfort zone and forcing yourself to adapt and improve. Hopefully, by embracing these errors you will be more at ease with playing, will tilt far less, and you will notice yourself improving a lot faster. Making mistakes is simply the road to victory.
Put yourself out of your comfort zone
A lot of people spend their time playing Rocket League safe. They go for their Sunday drive, hit a ball here and there, score a goal now and then, and generally cruise their way through the game. If you’re someone who just wants to sit back and enjoy themselves and you’re not too concerned about improving, then, by all means, you do you.
If you’re looking to be the best player you can be, then this is not the way to do it. The way you improve your skills is to put yourself in situations you’re really uncomfortable with. If you go for balls that are super hard for you or you put yourself in sensible positions that you’re not used to, that’s when you’ll really see improvement. If you stick to what’s safe and comfortable you’re not going to grow much as a player.
This is the most important tip. At the end of the day, we all play Rocket League because it’s fun. If you find that you’re spending too much time fixating on your game and you’re not enjoying it anymore, then perhaps you need a break. Take a few days, a week, maybe even a month off.
You may need to find a different way to play Rocket League that brings back the enjoyment to the game. The biggest reason why the top players are so good is because they love playing Rocket League.
If you enjoyed this article, consider reading another why by me: The Top 5 Mistakes Every Beginner Makes In Rocket League