As I sat with my friend Dave Faver on Christmas Day, who was in the hospital over the holidays, we were talking about pool at one point. Dave is a great pool player in the DFW-area (and other states, too) and he has a vast knowledge of the game that most people don't realize he has.
I was sharing with him that I was distracted when I had sparred over the weekend, and was missing easy shots at times. You see, because I'm not competing as much anymore and as often, my mental toughness is actually really weak. I don't bare down or focus as much as I used to, and I get easily distracted with thoughts.
He shared with me, "Yep, if you don't fill your head with of the right things, then the wrong things will wind up there for sure."
I have a tourney in Oklahoma this weekend and I know if I can fill my head with focusing on following through, staying down and focusing on the object last, then the surroundings and atmosphere and negative thoughts will have a tougher time to get into my head.
Great advice/reminder for me for this tournament!