While I was reviewing my notes, highlighted sections, and tabbed pages in Winning Ugly to prepare for the 2014 BCAPL Texas State 8-Ball Championships., I decided I wanted to jot some notes down from the book so I could easily review them later.
I have made checklists before, and I really like being able to review things easily at my fingertips. I can't really carry Winning Ugly around and flip through 30 pages that I tabbed, lol.
So, I wrote some key things down.
This list was different than my usual ones. It didn't really list reminders I came up with for myself, but instead listed things I wanted to remember from that book. So, these were more "killer instinct" mental reminders, than "pool" reminders.
I also tabbed the BOTTOM of the pages for what I needed to remember for this particular tourney, too. I didn't want to re-read every single highlighted section for a 3rd time, but wanted to re-read the most important parts for my mental game for this tournament.
And there I was at Texas Roadhouse at 4pm on Thursday, right when it opened, in Temple, Texas, reading my notes, and reading my bottom-tabbed pages of my fav mental book. A little refresher for me, if you will.
Why was I doing this? I have only *touched* on it in my blog, but I found myself in the finals of the Women's Division of the 2014 BCAPL Texas State 8-Ball Championships! My first time ever!
So, I was relaxing with a good meal, a margarita (match was scheduled for 7:30pm) and took my sweet time as I had a few hours til hit balls.
I sat there peaceful, although missing my boyfriend, peaceful and quiet and re-reading my notes. Preparing myself mentally.
I have mentioned before I have written notes. I am a firm believer in it, but I admit I haven't written any in some time I don't think. I just knew because I hadn't been competing or hitting balls, I kinda needed to do this to help me.
I took my notes into the convention center and sat them next to my pool case as I slid out my cue to hit some balls. Usually I hide my notes. I think in the past I felt like people would judge me for needing help.
Well, not today! I NEEDED the help and I honestly didn't care who saw I had notes.
A couple of people asked me if they could read them. I said sure.
I even walked by my "mental coach," Joe Salazar, and shared it with him. He reminded me I didn't have a very important one written down, "Don't look at the crowd." Ooooh! I added that to the bottom of the list right away.
Tracie and Angela finally finished their hill-hill match and I went to wash my hands. I took my notes in there with me. I sat them next to the counter and was reading them as I was washing my hands. A girl comes out of the stall and looks at me funny, seeing me hunched over reading something over the counter.
I don't care.
I didn't care who saw I was reading notes.
At the end of the day, I sit the notes down on the desk in my hotel room and my roommate and teammate, Janet, asked if she could read them. "Sure," I said.
I didn't really realize how many people would WANT to read preparation notes. I'm glad I wasn't shy and kept them visible because a lot of people seemed to really appreciate reading them. Maybe it will help them in competition, too.
Here is a close up, you can click the photo to enlarge. Please do not make fun of me about my horrible handwriting, tho! lol.