“The key is to keep breathing, don't let the adrenaline get out of hand.”
Everyone gets nervous at sometime or another. If you play competitively, it comes with the territory. It’s a sign that what you are doing actually matters. You have practiced long and hard, so of course it counts!
Being nervous is a natural phenomenon, but it needs to be managed or it can get out of hand. Hasn’t every pool player missed a money ball once or twice?
Whenever you sense you’re losing it, you need to take action. When you feel unsure about pulling the trigger, get up and take a deep breath. Do not rush the shot!
Breathing slowly and deeply quiets the mind, calms the body, and sends blood and oxygen to the brain. A well–fed brain makes good decisions and stays focused.
If the rules allow it, consider taking a break. Splash some water on your face or step outside to get some fresh air. Have a conversation with yourself like, “Hey, I’ve worked hard and I belong in the finals.” It is imperative to keep your inner dialogue positive.
Return to the table with positive body language and a clear image of your desired outcome. Shoot your chosen shot with confidence.