I hope everyone had fun at tecmo Madison last weekend. It was a great time and congratulations to the champion Joeygats. I was just happy to be able to play tecmo and get away from work. Even better though was finishing in 7th when I really have played 12 games since the last Buffalo tournament I was in last April. The cool thing is I finished 7th out of 250+ and it was in large part thanks to visualization.
I’m sure your all wondering what I mean by that and its not what you think. I didn’t find some new way to analysis the game. Nor did I find some new trick or match-up issue. Yet I still wanted to win and be better than I was the last two tecmo Madison’s when I got upset in the first round.
At the same time I work 10 hours a day and 6 to 7 days a week in sells. I moved to Columbus Ohio in May and then to Chicago Il in October. That meant I would not have time to practice, to figure out interesting little quirks in the game or anything else I did in the past.
Then I made the assumption that everyone would be a little bit better than the year before. Yet very few would be far superior than the same version of themselves that had come to Tecmo 11. Even more I assumed the experienced players might be hitting a plateau. I sure was and I think the results of Tecmo 12 back me up. That’s because we have pretty much gone as far as we can on understanding the game play and match ups.
The answer didn’t hit me until a sales meeting at work. In sales we always mention positive thinking. If you have not heard of Zig Ziglar and Eric Thomas I strongly advise you to google them right now. It was in that meeting my boss told us to visualize writing a deal before you knock the door. Visualize the customer turning around to go get there gas and electric bill. Picture in your mind that you will hook the customer when they are searching for the bill. It sounds corny as hell but it works.
What hit me on the head is that we aren’t as good at tecmo super bowl as some of us might think. A lot of us are getting older and more set in there ways. Every year past 30 our abilities are waning. I know my reactions aren’t as good as the 25 year old Francis Buennagel. I don’t tap as fast anymore and my finger strokes are less reliable. I don’t pick up things as quickly as I did in the past and I am more nervous. Yet at the same time I’m more experienced so I know I would whoop the 25 year old me any day of the week.
Now after that meeting I had the solution how I could always be the best version of me. If my receivers where always open I would not have to be nervous about throwing the ball or my fingers being a bit less reliable. So I pictured them wide open before the play call. I saw myself scoring a touchdown then I instinctively made it happen.
Each game I pictured myself winning and each time I lost I still thought I would win. Each time I had the ball on the way to tie or win. It didn’t matter if I fell behind in a game anymore. All I did was picture that I was going to get an interception or fumble. Then my game play on defense adjusted. Next thing I know it happened.
Now you might say well that’s all luck but we all know this game is about putting the odds in your favor. In my sweet 16 game DT was up 7-3 with the ball. He knows my game play inside and out. Plus he had a crazy playbook to take advantage of Wayne Haddix. He had all the tangible advantages.
The second I pictured DT turning the ball over my defense sharpened up despite the odds against me. It didn’t matter if every run play 1 to 5 drones came after Haddix. I knew I would get them to go after other drones. I began to contain the plays that stumped me the first drive. I began to get more tackles in bounds. This lead to a pass and a bad throw by his qb. I got an int. Next play I visualized a td then ran for 50 yards for a score.
Now I know everyone is thinking I’m just lucky. If that pass had been thrown right its caught and his drive continues. Later he fumbled on a run and that’s luck too. Yet at the same time I knew my defense was pushing him into places he did not want to be in. He was going for more yards on a run because I was containing much better than expected. I seemed to be always in the right place. Because I knew I would avoid his drones no matter what. It all became very easy for me because I was being very positive and focused.
Now if you think its all nonsense I can’t blame you. Yet if you are willing to believe in this simple method it will work. It won’t make up for a lack of skill, a lack of understanding of the game or a lack of experience. Yet what it can do is push you just a little bit ahead of where you are. That way your always the best possible version of you.
All you do is this. At the coin toss picture yourself at the final scene with more points than your opponent. Heck picture it 35 to 7. You got to believe in it so hard it hurts. Picture that you will win the coin toss and be on defense. Your drones are everywhere in his face. You know when he is running and passing. On third down you will guess his play and he will loss ten yards.
When you get the ball your receivers are wide open when you pick a pass. You run the ball in circles around his drones. You have perfect blocking and the man player slipped on his controller. Then see yourself in that end zone. If you visualize it then it will happen.
Then make adjustments to your positive thinking. When he scores you have to tell yourself it will not happen again. He ran all over me that drive but this time I will contain him every play till he fumbles. This time his receivers will be covered. One will look open deep but I will get there at the last second and pick it off. If he goes for a field goal know you will block it.
When you lose a game tell yourself it will not happen again. Visualize how you will improve. Don”t gripe over some bad luck. If there is a game you lost in the past with 4 fumbles forget it right now. You can’t afford to think negative. Your going to be out of bounds with a first down in hands from now on. So that will never happen again. Just visualize it and it will happen.
Eliminate all your negative thoughts. If your not the fastest tapper then believe the drones will always help you or you will guess right. If you stay positive enough it will happen. If your opponent is a master of long JJ’s just chuckle to yourself. Picture that he will waste his time on four incomplete passes. Make sure you get back on D with a great defender and it will happen.
Now visualize that positive result every moment in life outside of tecmo. No matter how hard things get just stay with that positive thought. That’s all you will ever need to be successful. You won’t always win but you will always bounce back higher than last time.