this is the sixth volume of pool synergy. welcome back, and thank you for reading this post.
the topic for this month is “The Most Important Thing”. the link to volume VI’s main page/host summary is below; it contains a list of blog posts for this topic.
also, for a list of past and future topics of pool synergy, visit the link below.
my post for this month is below. enjoy.
choices, and the actions that accompany them, define a person.
people have many internal beliefs. these beliefs are invisible to other people, and somewhat recognizable by your very close friends or loved ones. to let other people know what you think and believe, there are two options: words or actions. everyone chooses either one form or the other, since no one can live in a vacuum.
in pool, as in life, the most important thing is to show your crystallized beliefs through consistent action. (words can be unreliable.)
i’ve touched on this subject in a previous post. basically, it helps greatly when you’re able to crystallize your beliefs, thoughts, and your role in pool, then act on them. if you’ve decided to become pro, pursue on that goal through concrete actions. if this means you have to quit your job, hire a coach, have a rigorous practice and tournament schedule, learning to attract sponsors and speak well in front of a camera when you’ve never done these things before, so be it. it is solely your choice.
if you decide to become a swindler in pool, such as a hustler or a cheater, then act accordingly. i don’t recommend this, since i believe that swindling/hustling is ethically wrong, but no one can really stop you if you truly want it. if you do, then you need to be at peace with the notion that people may harm you after you’ve swindled them, from crippling injuries to possibly death. maybe you’ll have to run from the law while in dishabille, with no money and no friends to help you. this too is a voluntary choice; it’s a path only you can choose. as such, you must accept whatever consequences that accompany your choice, because YOU chose this path to walk on.
whatever you decide to become in pool, act on it consistently.
but why consistent action? simple. ambiguity causes confusion in life. without a clearly defined role in life and the acceptance of that role, you’ll wander from one thing to another, never understanding why you do the things you do. a life without that clear vision is an unhappy life. and most people want to be happy. a life without vision is an animalistic life where you’re surviving, but not living. same thing in pool. in order to enjoy pool completely, you should know why you play the game. if pool is only a time killer while you’re having your beer, terrific; treat the game as such. but don’t complain when you can’t run two balls consecutively after 50 tries; that’s merely the consequence of your choice. want to turn pro? excellent. don’t be envious when your neighbor buys that new car while you’re struggling just to place in the money in a tournament. want that job as a pool journalist? wonderful. don’t be sour grapes when your life becomes a series of plane rides and car trips and incessant pecking on that keyboard.
simply put, life is about choices. carefully weigh your options, then make a choice in what you want to become in pool. can’t decide? get your close friends together and talk. you’re not an island. once you decide, completely accept that choice, with all the good and bad that come with it. then act on it. simple formula to be happy in the world of pool, really.
to quote someone who can say this way better than i ever can:
Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch–or build a cyclotron–without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think. But to think is an act of choice. . . . Man’s life, as required by his nature, is not the life of a mindless brute, of a looting thug or a mooching mystic, but the life of a thinking being–not life by means of force or fraud, but life by means of achievement–not survival at any price, since there’s only one price that pays for man’s survival: reason.
bonus points when you figure out who the author is. 🙂
and of course:
Cogito ergo sum
– René Descartes
that’s it. now go practice. 8)