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When you are to arrive at your goals in pocket billiards  you need to know exactly what your goals are. You don’t walk up to the ticket counter and ask for a ticket to California. You must specify which city and airport you intend to land in.

Many players start out in this game with no real goal. They play, pound balls and learn from other amatuers as they go along. If they do have a goal it is vague with no real way to measure it. “I want to see how good I can get” is not measurable or specific.

They develop their skills from amatuers who don’t have good mechanics or make good choices. By the time they understand the need for instructions they have devloped bad habits that will remain with them for the rest of their playing days.

Even worse they go to amatuer instructors who give lessons. If an instructor cannot play at a high level, (pro) then you will be short changed in your training. Pro’s however, do not have time to teach and many of them lack the skills to teach.

First, you must establish exactly what your goal is. When I first picked up my cue I declared, “I want to play this game at a world class level” That was my purpose. Then I need to answer the question “Why”. Why did I want to play at that level? My answer was so I can share the beauty of this great game and help others.

After three years, without a day off in my basement I decided I was good enough to go out and share this game. I played 37 high stakes money matches and won 34, tied two and lost one. When I returned home I took stock of my goals and the why. Players were not happy with me. They hated me, were jealous and did not appreciate my effort to showcase this great game. So I quit playing and wrote my first book Point the Way. For the next 30+ years I shared this game via teaching and have helped a lot of players. If your goal is specific you will reach your goal.  If you buy a ticket to land in Chicago that is where you will land.

Set your goal, understand why you want to achieve that, and begin the wonderful world of training. All of my lessons on the Membership Site have to do with developing your skills. Right now, the cost is just $30.00 for a year. I am adding 120 more video lessons at the end of the month and the membership cost will go up to $100.00. The video lessons cost around fifty cents per lesson and they are designed by an experienced world class player who has mastered every one of them. Enjoy your time at the table because your time counts towards your own skill development. 

Check my web site. It is all new and very exciting. www.themonk101.com

Author: Tim “The Monk” Miller

Editor:  Chris Freeman

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