Tuesday 29 September 2020

Your achievements are limited by your mindset

Liesl Verity (right) finished in second place at IWF's 2006 World Championships.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to achieve success despite their backgrounds e.g. Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Siya Kolisi? The answer is… their mindset. They refused to be limited by the beliefs of the people around them. They focused on their dreams.

Your mindset is unique to you and is made up by your values, beliefs and attitudes. No one else can ever think exactly like you do; or experience the world exactly the same way as you do. What you think becomes your behaviour and your reality. If you focus on what you don’t want, you will inevitably get exactly what you didn’t want.

In an effort to achieve our goals, all of us use various different strategies every day. These strategies are a sequence of thoughts and actions that we consistently apply. We learn these strategies when we are children and continue to apply these. The outcomes we achieve help shape our mindset and will often reinforce our beliefs and attitudes. These strategies can be negative and limiting or it can be positive and expansive.

These strategies become ‘automatic’. Most of the time we are not consciously aware of the strategies that we use. Once we become aware of these strategies, we can change them. 

If your strategy doesn’t lead to the outcome you want, you need to change your strategy.

How can you change your strategy?

Follow this simple 4-step plan to change your strategies.

  1. Focus on what you want to achieve. Visualise it. Feel what it feels like when you have achieved it. Then answer the following questions:

  • How do you need to BE to achieve your goals? 

  • What do you need to THINK and BELIEVE about yourself?

To answer the above questions, you may want to look at a couple of people who already achieved what you hope to achieve and see what attributes they display. What values and beliefs helped them achieve their goals.

For each of these attributes you identify, draw a line numbered from 1 to 10 and place this attribute at 10.

  1. Do a gap analysis on yourself. For each of the attributes you identified in step 1, look at where you are at today and draw a circle on the line at the appropriate number. Add the date to keep a record as to where you are at today.

  1. Choose 1 of those areas and consider what steps you need to take to move from where you are today (e.g. at level 6) to where you want to be (level 10). Use these steps and develop a step-by-step plan with measurable goals. Remember to set target dates for each step. 

I recommend you start with an area that will provide quick results. This will help build your confidence and motivate you to follow through with the other areas identified in your gap analysis.

  1. Implement your action plan for your chosen area for development. Look for feedback and adjust your action plan if you are not moving towards your goal. Continue with this feedback loop until you reached your goal. 

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you worked through all the areas of improvement identified in step 2.

It is a good idea to repeat steps 1 and 2 periodically to confirm you are still focusing on the attributes that will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.

If you want to achieve excellence, you must use the strategy that leads to excellence. 



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Liesl Verity

INGWE Coaching

Friday 18 September 2020

D-Day approaches.

All the days, months, and years of preparation shall be put to the test on 19 September 2020, at the much advertised Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) 2020 National Team Trials.

The lock-down imposed as a result of the advent of COVID-19 has posed a number of trials to both MSSA and the players alike. 

If anything, the most important lesson to be learned from the recent months is that people should be prepared for the unexpected and to have a 'war-chest' in their arsenal upon which they can rely.

Nevertheless, MSSA is expecting a solid turnout at its 2020 National Team Trials.

Blake Govender (Oakhill School) and Charlize Seremak (ZAG Academy) both represented South Africa as members of the Protea Esports Team at IESF's 11th World Championships - Seoul, and shall be present at MSSA's 2020 National Team Trials in order to fight for a place in South Africa's Protea Esports Team at IESF's 12th World Championships - Eilat.

In order to take circumstances into account, 2020 will see trials, for the first time ever be held online.

However, the trials are not just for the three disciplines being contested at IESF's 12th World Championships - Eilat, being DotA 2, Tekken 7, and PES 2020, the trials are for all the following esports titles:

  • Clash Royale 
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • DotA 2 
  • FIFA 20
  • HearthStone
  • League of Legends
  • Paladins
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7

MSSA President, Amanda Kwaza, stated, "I am satisfied with the preparation for the 2020 National Team Trials, and am confident that all participants will enjoy the event and give off their best so that MSSA can select the best possible team to represent South Africa in Eilat."

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Monday 14 September 2020

National Team Trials rushes closer.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding its National Team Trials (NTT) on 19 September 2020

Trials shall be held online in order to ensure the safety and well-being of its athletes in the following esports titles:
  • Clash Royale 
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • DotA 2 
  • FIFA 20
  • HearthStone
  • League of Legends
  • Paladins
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7
All Registered Players who have qualified at MSSA's Regional, and/or Provincial, and/or National Championships are cordially invited to enter.

The conditions for entry are as follows:

The Documents required are as follows:
  • Copy of South African Passport.
  • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
  • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
National team trials shall begin at 10H00 and end at 18H00. MSSA officials will be on duty all day to assist with any queries you might have.

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Thursday 3 September 2020

Oakhill School's 'Team Theory' still dominates SA DotA 2 rankings.

Oakhill School's 'Team Theory' has had an impressive run in 2020. The team has cemented itself as the top DotA 2 team in the country. The team also represented South Africa in official test matches, and performed admirably against all opponents, being, Namibia, Azerbaijan, and Peru.

It almost seems as though Oakhill School's 'Team Theory' has an insurmountable lead, and, with only one championship left (Free State Online Championships) prior to Mind Sports South Africa's 2020 National Team Trials, to be held on 19 September 2020, it is thought that at such Trials, Oakhill will further entrench its position.

MSSA's open 2020 Free State Online Esports Championships on 5 September 2020.

The conditions for entry are as follows:

  • Entry is R35.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  • Entries for Free State Online Championships must be submitted by 3 September 2020.
  • To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document. 
  • The entry form may be found on Google Drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184
  • Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa. 

The current rankings for the DotA 2 esports title are:

PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1Team Theory20Oakhill School344
2ZAG DOTA20ZAG Academy207.5
3PR0NHS20Northcliff High School203.2
5PRG DOTA A19Paul Roos Gymnasium130.2
6Magna18Hoërskool Zwartkop130.2
7Clan Bacon18eThekwini Regionals130.2
8Schoeman18Paul Roos Gimnasium130.2
9Quantum18Curro Klerksdorp130.2
10Iron Branch18eThekwini Regionals130.2
11Conquest18Paul Roos Gimnasium128.5
12Northwood DOTA18Northwood High School127.1
13Cheeky Nandos with the Lads18eThekwini Regionals122.9
14King Edward's Guards18Old Edwardian Mind Sports100
15HSP Legends18Hoërskool Parys86.4
16Groot Rooi Baarde20ZAG Academy85
17Team Cider18eThekwini Regionals80
18SJC Eagles18ST John's College75

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