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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pool Synergy, What is YOUR Pool Story?





This article is the 2nd in a series of posts written in coordination with other pool bloggers entitled "PoolSynergy" .
To see others, go to: http://www.pooltipjar.com/2009/12/poolsynergy-volume-ii/


Assignment: Write an "interesting pool related story that either happened to you or that you heard of that inspired you in some way, e.g. a moral to the story".
Deadline: December 10, 2009, 10AM




I have already published hundreds of pool stories, many without any moral and/or interesting content, so to save the reader a lot of time, I then summarized the better stories into a book called "Invincible". It's free. Click the link. So I'm done. End of FastMikie stories.

Instead, let's talk about you and your pool story.

You have almost certainly heard that we are all the masters of our fate, that we can achieve whatever we passionately pursue. It's interesting to me that if this is true, then why do so many people do so little with their lives? The answer, in many cases, is that we have difficulty truly believing that we can do anything we commit to. It's an overwhelming thought. And even if we might be able to accomplish something extraordinary, how do we do it? Did you ever take a course titled "How to get whatever you want"? Me neither. But, over time, and with a lot of study and trial and error, I was able to figure it out. And that's when it really got interesting for me because I started to simplify my System for Success, and prove it in the pursuit of my goals, and now it is second nature to me.

You can do it too. Your story of pool, and the story of your life in general, when you look back on it from some future date, can be anything you imagine it to be, if you follow a simple procedure: Think - Plan - Do - Repeat. I have written about this and put the basics into a Quick Start Guide which you can download here.

In last month's Pool Synergy article, I promised to discuss Your Plan for Excellence in Pool. Without a Plan, your life will be ruled by Random Events, so your personal pool story has almost zero chance to turn out the way you want. A plan is essential. It is the road map for how you get where you want to be, starting where you are right now.

A plan is given enormous power if it is written down and reviewed frequently, and updated with what you have learned along the way. Even more power is generated if it is revealed to other people who can help you. There is an old saying that if you fail to plan, you are in essence planning to fail. So there is really no alternative if you truly want to achieve anything worth while. You must have a plan.

Start now. Pick up a pen and start to write your Plan for Excellence in Pool. What should it look like? Amazingly, it really doesn't matter what your plan looks like in the beginning because one of the secrets to success is that any plan is better than no plan. Part of the planning process is that you will continue to update your plan as you progress toward your goals. Your plan will continue to get better. The most important thing is to start. To get you started, consider these words, which are the most powerful I have ever read because they reveal how you can use the laws of the universe in your favor:


Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which
kills countless ideas and splendid plans:


That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents
and meetings and material assistance, which no man
could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic in it.

Begin it now!





and here's another famous quote:



If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary;
new, universal, and more liberal laws
will begin to establish themselves around and within him;
or old laws will be expanded and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense,
and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.





To me, these are beautiful thoughts, to "live with the license of a higher order of beings"? It is a promise made to us by some of the greatest minds our world has ever known. A promise to each of us, all equal in our abilities to imagine a future of our own desires. All we need to do is take that next step, and keep on taking one step at a time, until we have achieved our dreams. Planned steps, of course.

To get you started, check out my Plan for Excellence in Pool, 2008 and 2007. This will give you a framework you can use to customize your own plan.

Begin it Now!





This article is the first of a series of posts written in coordination with other pool bloggers entitled "PoolSynergy" . This first month's theme is STRATEGY. To see others, go to:
http://www.pooltipjar.com/2009/12/poolsynergy-volume-ii/



3 Comments:

Blogger jbiddle said...

As usual, Mikie, you cut right to the heart of the matter. I'm going to take your advice to heart and make a plan for next year. I'm also going to publish it on my blog and then review my progress at least quarterly, but hopefully monthly.

I've done pieces of this, but for one reason or another have always slipped back to coasting, at least for awhile. It's like sticking to a diet, something I also have trouble with.

Thanks for your insight, and may your new route to happiness be smooth and filled with joy.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 5:40:00 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Mike,
Just to remind you, I am a friend of Samm's! I just finished reading your Pool Synergy Vol. II article, and I honestly think it is the best of this volume. I have to say it is uncanny how similar the way the two of us approach pool is. That is, setting clear and defined goals, having a strict practice regimen, regular competition, keeping a log of progress, and so on.

I also was very inspired by the quotes you selected at the end of the article. In return, here is one of my favorite quotes, and I thinks it lends itself well to pool in general:

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you'll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods. And the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is . . .
-Chinaski

...gives me chills everytime! Anyway, have fun and shoot straight!

Sincerely,
Pete

Monday, December 14, 2009 8:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Yes! That quote by Thoreau has always been one of my absolute favorites, along with his quote about going to the woods to live deliberately. Really good advice as well. Very glad I found your blog.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 9:23:00 AM  

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