I for one am very happy to hear about someone who wants to find another way to win other than by being a dreaded pusher.
I got creamed this year by the worst pusher I have ever faced - I walked off the court both disgusted with myself for imploding between the ears and losing and disgusted with my opponent as well: I couldn't stop thinking, "how can winning that way be satisfying? Where's the challenge in hitting a 10 foot high backspin shot on EVERY stroke? Sure - it was effective, he got the W... but can playing that way ever really be satisfying?
Kudos to the OP for "pushing" himself to become a better player. (See what I did there?) =)