As the year draws to a close, it’s a fabulous time to set some goals that will help you become a better player in 2011 (and beyond).
We all would love being that player we see in all the pictures with the big smiles holding that glass trophy and winnings. You know the one that right after you win, people want to know the content of your deck and why you chose this card over that card. You know the YCS CHAMPION!!! THE BIG WINNER!!!
Here are a few New Year’s Yu-Gi-Oh card game resolutions you might want to consider adopting:
- Ask for help
We often fail to achieve our goals because we don’t ask for help. Don’t let ‘not knowing’ or ‘not understanding’ undermine your potential for success. Reach out and ask for mentoring, guidance and support when you need it. Join a Yu-Gi-Oh site that teaches what you want to learn and has a community forum in which you can get answers to your questions.
Just don’t be afraid to a pproach the judge prior to your tournamnet starts and ask him rulings on cards. We do it all the time and has made a big difference in how we play and our results. Remember knowing how a card works can make the difference between you being in the top 32 and one of those people watching the top 32.
- Cultivate a positive mindset
Success is nearly impossible to achieve when we focus on our failures, doubts and worries. Look at mistakes as part of the process. Learn from them and be grateful that no one died. Derive motivation and inspiration from the success of others.
Keep your mind in a winning state at all times. Even if we are loosing and the future does not look to good for us. You never know when your oppenet makes a misplay that gives us the chance to get back into the game and possible win. I’ve willed many games won by just letting my opponent see that in my mind I was not going to lose.
Also don’t look at every lose as a faild attempt. See what your misplay was and make sure not to do that misplay again. I’m always learning this when I play. I sometime even learn things from a win too.
- Be realistic
Know that winning a YCS in the next 7 days is unlikely unless you are The Pharoh, Little Yugi or Yusei. Recognize that reward is in direct correlation to effort made.
You are going to have to work at getting better. That means playing more games and investing some time to study the game. Remember you are not going to get better by doing nothing.
- Learn something new
Do some reading or look at some youtube videos to improve your playing skills. Maybe you can read a book to boost your self-confidence. This book helped me a lot back when I was playing Magic the Gathering, 100 Ways to Boost Your Self Confidence.
- Adopt new methods
Investigate different strategies that you can adopt to grow your playing style. Add different cards to your deck. Add looking at different types of videos to your bookmarks. Offer some one-on-one coaching to your repertoire. Maybe even start to create your own youtube channel.And for Pete’s sake, quit relying on paper and pen to keep your score alone and install those Top 5 Yu-Gi-Oh Apps!!!
- Focus on your target
If you want to become a better player, spend more time where they hang out online and less time tweeting about what you had for lunch today. Speak to them or as in #1 ask them questions.
- Know your deck
Analyze your worst match ups, worst games you had from 2010. Focus on those to make additional recommendations and changes to your existing deck. Knowing what you need to look out for makes those matches a bit more easier to beat.
- Get more social
Social media will continue to explode in 2011 and is clearly the best way to get free information from blogs and videos. Ramp up your Facebook and Twitter activities to grow your friendships. Add us to:
- Respect your opponent
Learn to see what your opponents are telling you with their play. Learn to see how your oppentents playing sytle. Are they aggressive or conservative? Do they take risks or only makes the safe play? Read them and you can get more info than the really are telling you with their voice.
- Celebrate your accomplishments
Savor and enjoy every step you take, no matter how small it seems. Give yourself a pat on the back or reward yourself in some way. Success isn’t really success unless we enjoy it.
If finally won your first local, go get yourself something with the prize. We always celebrate when any of us does well. We give high fives and even little man gets excited and picks some stuff from our winnings. This is what we really play for.
I hope those suggestions help you make a better player during the year(s) to come. My best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and Prosperous New Year!
P.S. Please help out a fellow blogger and add your suggestions in the comments section below.