Cons of living in Dallas, TX:
Only two people to smash with on a regular basis.
Those two players are DoH and Darkrain.
So I spent the evening practicing with Darkrain, and I've come to a few conclusions. The first is that I'm not very good with Sheik.
The second is that the moment I start wanting to really win, I start playing awfully. And unfortunately, my strategy of trying to convince myself that "I'm going to lose, I will make mistakes, it's inevitable" and using that to keep my nerves down, doesn't work. I still get way too upset over my errors and my mistakes.
I think I was in a much better place years ago when my focus was exclusively on maintaining the right attitude while I play. I had a string of matches tonight where I was completely in the zone, and except for the occasional chuckle or "wtf was that" when something weird happened, I pretty much felt... blank. It was kind of nice. There was a moment where I thought, "I'm not really angry or happy," even though during those matches I was actually playing unbelievably well. I just KNEW the right thing to do in--it seemed like--90% of the situations. After about four or five games of this, I started thinking, "wow I've got it I'm doing really good heck yeah" and then it promptly faded and I went back to air-dodging off the level like normal.
I guess I'm going to try and stop thinking about anything except being calm and empty. Before I even play, work myself into a state of as little emotion as possible, and focus on staying in that place.