Just Some Inspiration

While scrolling through the forums over on AZB, someone posted a couple inspirational images.  Considering what happened at league last night, I found these right up my alley.

This one is my favorite though:

 Here's an example of a shot that I both love and am scared of.  This came up in my league match last night.  I couldn't see any way of making the 2 and not hitting the 3 without drawing out of the shot.  But, given the angle, draw would likely drift down to the end rail, forcing me to shoot the 3 up table, with traffic in the way to the 4.  So, instead of fighting the natural result of the shot, I decided to help it out and add some running draw-english. heh It worked out better than I had expected!

 

 

I even got a compliment from my opponent on that one. 

The point here is that a long time ago I was terrified of that shot, and when I first started trying it, I would miss the shot and position entirely.  Later I would make the ball, but the cue ball would be miles away from what I wanted.  It's only been in the last few months that I've started to get a handle on this shot.  Which leads to the next inspirational image:

 

This one is a wonderful reminder that no matter how much you want to succeed, you absolutely, and completely, must fail first. I need to remember this.

And lastly, a huge thanks go out to my first APA team captain for reminding me that I didn't start playing this game to compete, I started because I enjoyed the game.  Here's a little something akin to a reality check:

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