Mastery of Siege starts with mastery of self!
"Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character"
- Vince Lombardi
How to take responsibility?
You are not the first, nor the last players in Siege who makes a mistake. Accept the fact that you will continue to make mistakes. This doesn’t mean that you should let them slide, though. Repeating the same mistakes are not going to take you to that next level you want so badly.
Stop making excuses
When you make a mistake, try to say “Sorry, I messed up” rather than performing mental gymnastics searching for an external reason.
Stop looking at other players’ ping, rank, crouch-spamming, game design, and Ubisoft. Instead, focus on your actions leading to mistake.
I once had this dude on discord who would occasionally join and make a drama about every death.
You would not believe the shit he came up with to avoid looking at himself. Sometimes I wondered if he didn’t focus more during the round on preparing excuses than on the round itself.
I bumped into him a few months later. Needless to say, he was making the same mistakes and created the same unpleasant aura as he did in the past.
Don’t be that guy!
Stop blaming others
Similarly, do not blame teammates for your death or losing the round. People despise playing with folks who accuse them, especially without valid argument.
a) You died from a flank. You expected your teammate to cover it, but he didn’t.
Instead of jumping on your teammate for not covering flank, think what you could do differently to avoid such a situation.
Did you communicate expectations with a teammate? Maybe you could put claymore to prevent flank? Or perhaps you could have left drone behind and ask a dead teammate to watch it for you?
b) Your teammate did not clutch the round despite the advantage.
It could be tempting to tell a teammate that he fked up or what could he do to prevent it.
I would suggest focussing on the reason why you were not in a position to clutch the round yourself. How could you avoid dying earlier in the round and prevent a clutch situation from occurring?
Benefits of ownership
- evaluate your skill accurately
- notice mistakes and habits that hold you back
Basically where you will go in life is mostly depending on deciding where you will focus your energy, attention, emotions, and behaviors.
How to gain self-awareness?
- What went good?
- What went wrong?
- What should I do better next time?
Benefits of self-awareness
- ability to see what you need to improve to get better
- focusing on the right things
Confidence is knowledge about your strengths and value you provide to your team.
How to gain self-confidence?
- Improve things you don’t like in yourself
If there’s an area in your game style that keeps bothering you, then the best way to avoid it impacting your self-confidence is to improve on it.
- Play with confident teammates
“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence,” said Vincent Lombardi.
Do not surround yourself with people who do not believe in themselves. Odds are they do not believe in a team’s success and you, as well.
Being around confident people will help you feel confident.
- Keep calm
Calmness and confidence often go hand-in-hand. Trying to stay calm even under stressful situations will likely boost your confidence.
Benefits of self-confidence
Such situations can be participation in the tournament, adversity in high stake match, or clutch situation.
Self-discipline can be explained in multiple ways, but the primary meaning of it for me is a person’s ability to make decisions that are harder at the moment, but with positive long term effects.
How to gain self-discipline?
Both motivations can work, and neither is bad. However, intrinsic one tends to last longer and does not cause burnout as much as extrinsic.
Make small changes at the beginning and then expand on them, instead of huge commitments that are easy to fall and hard to maintain.
I used to make big plans – I will work on this page for 8 hours a day, six days a week. That lasted a few days after which I simply ran out of energy and needed a break, which was taking away my momentum.
Don’t skip twice in a row
Whatever the goal is, you will inevitably have a day, match, or situation where you do not show up. Do not allow yourself to make it a habit by not sticking to your small goals repeatedly!
- Track progress
From all self-improvement aspects, this was probably the hardest one to implement for me. At the same time, it was a habit that made a massive impact on my consistency in maintaining discipline.
Regardless of the goal, you need consistency in your improvement. Note every day or match when you perform action taking you closer to your goal. After a while, you will have a streak that you will be extremely motivated to continue. Additionally, marking little victories gives you instant gratification that helps retaining willpower and motivation over an extended period.
Benefits of self-discipline
- respect yourself
- be less vulnerable
- improve the relationship with others
- increase your chances of success
Relax, exercise and sleep
How to sustain energy?
Set up a schedule to ensure 6-8 hours of undisturbed sleep. How long you need precisely depends on the individual.
Have half an hour before sleep without a screen. Especially, do not fall asleep with the TV or monitor on. If you currently do, try a few nights without it. You will be surprised by the amount of additional energy you get from this simple change!
Plan other activities during the day to break your sessions and give your mind time and space to re-focus.
When the inevitable moment comes that you are not focused, do not push it. Take a break, have a nap, go out, and have a walk. Exhaustion is not going to help.
Having additional interests that are not related to computer games can be extremely beneficial, as well!
Have a daily goal of minimum physical activity.
Start small, depending on what you currently do.
If you do not exercise at all then perhaps set a goal of a 15-minute walk outside, or maybe make one push up. Choose an activity that you are capable of performing and will do regularly.
Benefits of sustaining energy
- increase speed of your growth as a player
- prevent burnout and depression
- increase self-confidence
- ensure good momentum over an extended time
See difficulty as opportunity
How to see opportunities?
- reach Platinum rank
- become professional Rainbow Six Siege player
- content creator
you will face adversity.
- Perhaps your callouts are not good enough
- You may be in a team that does not utilize your playstyle well
- You may not have the necessary knowledge about starting a new youtube channel
Or perhaps those are opportunities disguised as an obstacle?
- You could improve on the reason why your callouts are not up to Platinum rank par. Whether its lack of knowledge about rooms names or providing unclear information
- You may try to improve other playstyles to see if you can expand your skill and become a more adept player, or change a team for better synergy
- You can find a lack of knowledge as an opportunity to learn new areas and skills.
Study what makes famous content creators successful, participate in courses and watch videos describing steps needed to start your channel
Benefits of opportunity seeking
- Take responsibility for your own actions
- Stop blaming others and make excuses
- Introspect yourself to understand strengths and areas of improvement. Review your plays!
- Confidence = ownership + self-awareness x deliberate practice
- Be able to make decisions that will benefit you on long run and bring you closer to your goal. Instant gratification is enemy of your progress.
- Make small changes and focus on consistency over time.
- Keep your body happy and your mind will learn faster. Not to mention feeling good about yourself by doing so!
- Don’t let minor missteps to stop you from going for goal. In every problem there is an opportunity for personal growth