Just control without checking the number. It’s as simple as that.
The IFATC used to have a leaderboard posted weekly internally within the team that ranked the top 20 controllers based on operations for that week. There was a lot of competition but I was regularly on the top of that leaderboard, controlling a ton, every day. I was consistently in the top 5 every week.
What motivated me wasn’t the leaderboard though, it was the constant feeling that you need to one up yourself and improve.
My secret though to being at the top every week was that I never looked at my total operations number in-app. It sounds silly but you’ll notice if you ignore the number it goes up faster. Try it if you don’t believe me.
There were times where I strayed off that principle of not checking the number. When I did I began to stop focusing only on how I could improve and instead I began to also focus on how I could improve the number. Stop the session, immediately do some math to see how much it went up and compare it to other sessions. It can set you back mentally and demotivate you if you try to do that.