Some time ago I went down from 800 to 700 rating in chess over the course of a week. It was devastating and dangerous!
Once you are on a slope, you could end up on a losing streak and soon you can lose hundreds of rating points. It happened with my brother. He went from 800 to 500 over a few weeks and got to the point of quitting chess altogether.
I don’t want that to happen to me.
So I stopped playing chess for 2 days.
Chess.com sent me a notification saying: “Hey you haven’t played in 2 days, come back!“
It was my first time quitting my chess-playing streak in a year.
So I went back to playing and this time I had a simple goal.
Make one great move!
The goal of a chess game is to win, but if you think about it, it’s a series of one good move after another.
So I decided, I would play only one game per day.
I would play my best move and not worry about the position or the checkmate.
I played my first game after the slump and won.
The next day, I won again.
In seven days, I played eight times and won seven of them.
Soon I was back to 800 rating in chess.
So what did I learn from this?
- Make one great move.
- Write one great sentence, a paragraph.
- Write one great line of code, a function.
- Make one act of kindness.
Every great thing is made up of all these series of good moves.
But eventually, you will make a bad move.
Worry not. Just get back to making a good move in the next turn.