I think I've mentioned this before, but I want to share this tidbit again that has helped me.
Last weekend I told someone they only have three more games to go and then the person responded, deflated, "But they have six, and are on the hill."
I was taken aback.
And surprised by the comment.
As I just don't think that way anymore.
I am aware of the score, obviously, but I more so care about how many games I need, more than how many games they have.
When I break, and I am completely focused, I even say to myself how many more games I need. So, imagine myself breaking hard, saying in my head "Only two more games." It really pumps me up and keeps me focused on what I need to do.
I really try hard not to think about their score. I don't want to ease up if I'm ahead nor feel unadded pressure if I'm way behind.
Go ahead and try this simple technique. Every time you win a game, tell yourself how many more you have to win.
I speak to myself very positive and confidently, "Two more games, Melinda."
Try it; you'll like it. ;)