Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trust Your Game

Confidence, pressure, trust in your game, nerves..... there are so many things that can affect how we perform in our pool matches.

One of my friends said during her team event here at ACS Nationals in Vegas that she just doesn't have the confidence in her game.

I told her we all have nerves, feel pressure, wonder about confidence etc. 

But, how do we overcome those thoughts to still perform well under those conditions to have faith and trust in your game.?

That's the key word:  TRUST.

The top players all have nerves, feel pressure, etc.  But what separates us from the amateurs is trust in our ability.   

When we have that, that's when we play our best.  Sure, we might think about who we are playing, what we are playing for, that the team we are playing is suppose to win, but those thoughts and feelings don't get as much in the way when we have trust in our game, in our ability.

Trust your game, peeps.  You'll be surprised how much better you perform with this concept.  Try it; you'll like it.  I promise.  :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Top Players Have Pressure, Too

Katniss of Project Hunger Games has already, in just two weeks of being part of the blog, has cross-pollinated with The Danielson Series!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Danielson's confidence increasing because he's found himself in a new position lately - as one of the best players on his new league.

Katniss read the blog entry and shared she really liked the topic. I told her, "I thought of you too, actually.  Because you help some of your teammates and also because you are a top player in your league - so you have the same feelings of confidence because of those things, right?"

She said, "Yes ma'am." (she's so polite lol), but also shared, "But in my case I feel pressure at times, also.  Because everyone thinks so highly of my game, I feel pressure sometimes keeping up my performance at that level all the time.  That's not possible, though, and so I looked at that as a failure and take it harder than anyone else."

I shared with her I used to also have the same feelings of positiveness and pressure at the same.  Although we gain confidence, being a top player can definitely lead to pressure, too.

It is actually really weird dynamics to have confidence, but also feel all on eyes are on us which adds pressure, lol.

Katniss added, though, something really awesome: "But over time, I have learned that with each bad performance is an opportunity for a great come back to show my peers that I too am human and can have bad days.  It's all part of the learning process.  :)  "

I was so pleased and happy to hear she sees some of the tough times as a learning experience because that is one of the best tools in our toolbox!

I'm so glad she's a great learner and see's such positiveness out of it all.  :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pool at the Pool

I was asked to help at ACS Nationals this year.  Before the long, full days started at the admin desk registering all the excited players, I was able to sit by the pool one day to catch some rays, soak in some sun, decompress from things back home, and get a good Vegas tan.

As I get up to affix my towel better on my lawn chair, I notice a cool thing from the corner of my eye - a pool table!

So, of course I took pics for you all, to capture the blue-felted table sitting among the beautiful Tropicana swimming pool.