Every year before the BCAPL Texas State tourney I share how nervous I get over title tournaments due to the expectations for myself and my desires.
This year, I wont talk about that. Since I write about it every year, no reason to rehash it again for you. Plus, I feel different this year. :) Not only am I more confident, and feel in my heart I have more good tourney experiences just in the past 18 months than in a long time, but I also remembered (the hard way) that I naturally have test anxiety. It's not just pool, it's all competition and all impacts to my future. That's a cool thing to figure out. :)
I hope to play decent all three events: Scotch Doubles, Singles, and Women's Teams. My goal is to think outside the box, stay down well, and stroke more when I'm nervous.
I am confident, but I need to be careful not to be TOO confident.
Here are some quotes I found today cleaning off my work desk:
- Except what you accept.
- What is in your mind is what you put there. So, make it something happy. Why not make it happy thoughts?
- Play like a boa constrictor (don't let up at any time against any one)
- Someone has to win, might as well be me (don't feel bad for my opponents)
- Stroke more when I'm nervous
- Have fun!
- Remember, you play good.