Monday, February 15, 2010

No pain, no gain.....revisited

After finishing my last post, I felt much better. The whole phenomenon of blogging is a little baffling to me. I'm not sure why sending out this message a bottle, so anyone (or no one) could read it is somehow more satisfying than writing in a private journal, but it is. (In case you don't want to read the long rambling post, recap is League Operator raises my skill level for arbitrary reasons and without warning, and as a result, I'll likely be benched for most of the season).

Well, with catharsis complete, I started processing the situation in a more constructive way I thought more about the whole no pain, no gain process I remembered a quote from Trigger's blog post (see Pool is a Journey) about managing pain as a key component of success.

I looked up the whole article by Zig Ziglar, and this is the piece that caught my attention:

"Winners realize pain for the proper purpose is productive. You see, all of us will go through a lot of pain in life. Winners spend more of their time going through pain that aligns with their goals, their vision, or their purpose."

This has given me a lot to think about....How much of this pain is really aligned with my goals?

As I thought about that I realized, that none of the things that were upsetting me, were truly important to me. I enjoy the APA for social reasons, but even a year ago I was questioning if it was the right place to improve my pool. I do like the opportunities to compete nationally. But I've been to Nationals in 8-ball Team and 8-ball doubles twice. I've never been to Singles Nationals, but for whatever reason, my last performance in the Regionals has satisfied me for now, and I don't have a strong desire to try again. So, while these may have been goals at one time, right now, none of these are reasons for me to be concerned about being benched.

But what does excite me is improving my performance on the local women's regional 9-ball tour. And when I think about that, all of this seems easy. Less time in the APA means more time and money to play in 9-ball tournaments. There's also an alternative 8-ball league played on 9-footers that would actually be a better choice than APA. Things happen for a reason. Maybe this will be just enough to give me a push into some new and more challenging arenas.

So, when my League Operator said it was good for me to go up a skill level, he was right. Just not in the way he was thinking.


And on a less serious note, if you haven't already seen it, you have to check out Joe Rogan channeling Earl Strickland. Hilarious. And if you have seen it, you may just want to watch it again. I just did.


Anonymous said...

congrats on being raised! just take it as a sign that someone recognized your improved play.

poolminnow said...

Thanks. I so want to take it that way. Unfortunately, I know that's not the reason for the raise.

redeeming myself said...

WOW!!! I swear sometimes people are living my life. I recently (as in last week) left my job which only can be described EXACTLY as what you wrote. And for pool....I swear we have the same LO. Too weird. I'm also playing this session on an alternate 8-ball league on 9' tables, in addition to a few other teams. Really......WOW!

poolminnow said...

I wonder if we have the same horoscope?

Congrats on leaving your job! I hope that it will be a positive change for you. Scary to do in these times, but sometimes you have to. I wonder if our LO's trained together in St. Louis?

jbiddle said...

Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Good luck with that.

On being raised, I would normally say that you could use this as an incentive to play better, to "earn" as you put it, the new rating. But because of your team composition you won't even be getting the chance to do that. Maybe making the change to the other league is the best thing.