warning, entering “tldr” zone
So, as I’ve been leveling up, and trying to move beyond newbie status, I’ve been reading and getting into what it takes to be competitive - including the psychology of winning. (If you’re on this board because you’re and newbie and not to help newbies - then do yourself a favor and go read this book)
I had a real world application of it lately, that I thought might be encouraging to others in my place.
So I’m in a player match because I’m thinking of taking up Gouken as a second, when after the first match with a guy I realize “this dude knows what he’s doing” and I switch to my main, Gief. He proceeds to tear me a new one with his Guile - 5-0.
But then, he does something unexpected. He goes through each one of his secondary characters - Dhalsim, then Sagat, then Gief. Each one he plays until I beat him twice, then switches to the next. I’m doing everything I can to hang on - to adapt to his ever-changing playstyles. And I am adapting - but it’s the wildest mental ride I’ve been on thus far in my training. I feel myself getting better the whole time - making the margins of loss smaller and smaller until BAM! I win a round. And then another. And suddenly we’re back to square one as he switches characters, I get stomped, and it starts all over again.
Finally he switches back to Guile - “I final test,” I think. Has my game really stepped up?
And he destroyed me again.
As a matter of fact, I lost more all that night, and the next day. Matches I know I should have won, I was dropping. My BP went down.
Fact is, I was so shaken up, and mentally tired, from losing so much, that I couldn’t take advantage of the fact that I really did know more than I did before. Though I’ve never competed, I can imagine the sensation was like the end of a long tournament, where you’ve just beat down 10 kids only to face your toughest competition yet when you’re in your worst state of mind.
But it passed. My BP came back, and then went up. I won matches again - and more of them. I sent the guy a message and thanked him for the lesson. I could have quit at any time - he wasn’t forcing me to be subjected to the loses. But I know I was learning, so I stuck with it.
Look, I’m all about a little handholding - I think this forum could use a little more of it, but what do I know, I’m a newbie - but that dude managed to give me a lesson without spoon-feeding me information. So there’s one of - what is in my experience - rare instances that seem to be the ideal of the veterans of this forum. Actual learning without spoon-feeding. But be warned - I was still shook up for a day or so.
But that’s just my 2 cents. I figure someone’s gonna have beef with me making this thread, but it’s something I think could be useful to people trying to claw their way out of newbie-dom. So, I’ll don my asbestos suit, and hope I help-a-newb.