Losers Talk ~ Winners Chalk

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There are two types of players, ones that shows up to seek and scorn all the things that can go wrong & do go wrong.

~The others hold the trophy~ 

Your attitude carries you forward, or holds you back.  It’s up to you.

My favorite line of TR’s interview at the US Open was when they asked Tony, "what can we expect from you going forward?" 

His reply….

"I’m better off speaking with my cues than with my mouth!"

Resounding faith in your ability will bring you closer to being a champion.  What will keep you from being a champion?  Believing that your ability isn’t as important as the table’s flaws, the balls, your opponent’s ranking, the temperature of the room, the guy sneezing in the 3rd row, match time, weather, your dirty, lucky sock missing – and any and all other outside influences that only influence you because you allow them to. 

If you blame others for your failures, do you credit them with your success?”  ~unknown

On an individual level, I see players that have lost before they even screw their cue together. They have a list of all that is wrong in their world, and believe everything and everyone is against them. They are consumed by the unfairness of it all & believe they lose because of circumstances "out of their control." Most of the time, this is a figment of their imagination. Their game is in their control.  Their choice to ignore this ownership makes them a LOSER!

"Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power."
~Shirley MacLaine

They are the problem, not their surroundings or circumstances.  The moment they start to hold themselves accountable for their game, the closer they get to success.  

In the team dynamic, dear god, a team with these people is a big ole hot mess!!  Their verbal diarrhea the plague!  Spreading….

Team dynamic thrives off the vibes of each team member.  One negative teammate is like a an airborne virus, infecting the minds and challenging each player’s confidence and focus.  It’s easiest to jump on the bandwagon of a crybaby.  Misery loves company and a team full of misery most often finds themselves falling short of glory and chalking it up to anything but who they’ve surround themselves with.

STOP SUCKING ON THE HELIUM & STEP AWAY FROM THE PITY PARTY. 

These teams will never win. 

Each player has a responsibility to avoid this foul play and be a beacon of support for one another.  The higher your rank the more responsibility you have to squash this infestation of excuses. As a team captain, this is your most important JOB of all!  If you allow the "woe is me" crying or worse instigate the negative sob-fest, you’re doomed and the gauntlet of guilt lies coldly on your head most.

If you’re on a team and you find it’s always a powwow of complaints and cop-outs, get out while you can or prepare yourself for the tough road of disappointment.  

There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts. The busier you keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional. This is sheer intensity.
— Jack Nicklaus

To a winner, the circumstances surrounding the battle matter little. To a winner, winning is the only focus and no table, balls, location, speed, format, bad luck, nothing and nobody is going to invade their direct focus on pocketing the winning ball.

My team 9-ball crew seems to consistently perform well in the league and as we played this past season’s playoffs, a couple digs at one of the opposing team’s handicap were made. My response?  I stopped that talk dead in it’s tracks and in a nutshell said,

"Get over it!  If you really want to win, it won’t matter.  You’re a better player anyway so kick their ass because their ranking don’t mean shit!"

Why did I say it?  One, because I knew my teammate’s confidence would only be hurt by agreeing with their comment and two, my job is not to wallow with them but to squash all doubt and replace it with courage. 

He won. decidedly.

Next time you find yourself engaged in the boo-hoos and it’s-not-fairs, note that this does not help you, it’s only softens the bruising of your own ego, making you a weaker minded player.

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top.
-O.J. Simpson

Awesome Speech

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~ by g2 on January 22, 2010.

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