What’s the longest session you played? It’s almost as if gloating about some epic 50 hour session warrants us a reward. While it is cool and makes for a good story, it doesn’t often produce the best results.
And here, we’re all about making winners.
I’m a big fan of working backwards, particularly because most common knowledge is just that; backwards! So let’s look at the flip side of this: what is the shortest session you’ve ever played?
If I’m being honest, I’m hard pressed to think of times where I sit down for less than 4 hours. I take for granted that I’m going to perform my best for as long as I’m at the table.
But we all know it isn’t that easy. To really ensure top notch results, we have two options: improve our stamina, or play shorter sessions.
Improving Stamina: There’s many things I have suggested on how to do this, including improving diet, exercising and through connecting with a purpose. But even the best of the best have a limit. It’s important to be honest with yourself, and use introspection to find where that limit is for you.
Poker is very much like yoga in that you’re on your own journey. Your seat at the poker table is your sanctuary, so don’t worry about the person next to you. Don’t compare yourself and check your ego at the door. It’ll save you a few thousand dollars.
Sometimes, what we really need is just to get up and walk away. We’re at our limit, our focus changed or we simply lost the motivation to play. That’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with stopping; after all you’re going to have to eventually.
I swear sometimes it feels like people’s objectives is simply to be the last man standing. This may be trivial, but we often forget that the objective is to leave with more money than we came with, not play more hours!
But we all know that quitting (especially when losing), isn’t always easy. In today’s video I offer some tips into how you can practically set boundaries for yourself and know when the right time is for YOU to walk away.
What did you guys think? Do you struggle with quitting? What has worked best for you? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.
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Can’t wait for more of you questions. You guys are doing awesome with this!
See you soon!