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  1. So here I am, I have been shooting USPSA for about a year and a half now. I have read a bunch of the slump posts, and the losing the desire to shoot threads, but I wanted to start my own and get a little feedback, and this is just kind of a rant. After my last match, I was so incredibly frustrated that it had me in a funk the rest of the weekend. I went to my parent's house later that weekend (Sunday) and my mom asked me how the match went, and I told her pretty awful. She asked me why I even keep going, since it seems like every single time I get home from a match I am in kind of a bad mood. I hadn't really thought that I was ever so visibly upset by my match results, let alone often enough that other people would call it "every match." Looking back though, I can see that I haven't been genuinely happy about one of my match results for several months. Feeling this way all kinda started last fall, when I had a few matches in a row that didn't go according to plan. I had kind of gotten this expectation that I could be winning Limited at my local matches, after a few matches that went well for me. After having a couple matches in a row that were crash and burn type days, and being beaten by shooters that in my mind, I should have been able to beat, really put me into a mental slump over the winter and this spring. I had one of my worst results since my second match ever (December of '13) just last month. This made me very unconfident going into the Oregon State Championships, which were over Memorial day. At that match, I ran straight past two targets, getting the first FTE's I had since one of my first matches, and losing several match places because of it. In addition to this, I made A early this spring, and since then have felt like I have been shooting more like a C shooter than an A. I know that I am probably overthinking this whole thing, but I don't want to be "that guy" that is an A or an M but gets spanked by the B and C shooters. It is very much an ego driven thing, which I also know is dumb. I am fairly decent at shooting classifiers, because I do a fair amount of dry fire focusing on draws, turns, and reloads. It is the long field courses that always mess me up. I have read a lot of people say that having expectations is one of the biggest reasons that they have poor match performance. I think that is the root cause of why I have been feeling like this. My goal, that i think is very attainable, is to make M in Limited by November, or by the end of the year at the latest. However, it kinda stresses me out that I am going to keep having poor match performance while having an even "better" letter, so then I will look like even more of a grand-bagger. So, I apologize for my circular rant that I have taken you all on, but there it is. If you have any advice, let me know, I appreciate it.