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By Jeanette Lee
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December: Frustrations
December 2010
Q. What's the best way to stop getting so angry when I miss some easy shots?
Dustin; Fargo, N.D.

A. It's easy to get frustrated when you have bad days. We all go through it. I've had the privilege of seeing some of the best players in the world, such as Efren Reyes, miss easy balls - and he just laughs and lets it go. I think to myself, "Here's an all-time great, who has much more reason to be upset when he misses, yet he can let it go. Who am I to flip out?" I realize I'll be a lot happier if I can play pool from the standpoint that I'm on a journey, and every part, even a bad one, is essential. Understand that you're playing because you love it. You're in it for the long haul; it's not just about the results of one day or the next. This will give you the chance to keep growing. If we're so vain to think that we should never miss, we lose opportunities. I know many think I'm a bit cocky at the table, but confidence in who you are and what you can do should not be mistaken for arrogance. We all miss; the better players just miss less often. Instead of getting angry, tell yourself to focus and work harder.