Even the most inexperienced person can climb Mount Everest given enough motivation, confidence, a proper plan, an experienced guide and the right gear.
How many times has a lack of knowledge prevented you from starting a new challenge or goal? Have you ever abandoned a project because it seemed too daunting and you didn’t know how to achieve success? I know I’m guilty of both a few times over.
Most recently I started writing a book. I was trying to learn how to write at the same time as actually attempting a novel, a pretty daunting task. I wrote for a few days, got 500-1,000 words per day, then suddenly the task was too intimidating. I would jump back and forth between chapters, writing a bit here and there as ideas hit me, and I never finished one scene in any one chapter.
I felt like I was looking up at the peak of Mt. Everest, but didn’t know the path to get there. I took a few steps up one path, turned back around then started up another. I did this over and over again. I had no real plan on how to write my book and I wasn’t acting like a novelist. “Act as if” wasn’t in my thought process. My attempt at writing my first novel was a huge failure and I abandoned the project.
“Act as if” is a common phrase that Adam Carolla uses on his podcast all the time. It’s kind of the same as, “fake it until you make it,” which can be the first step to becoming something or someone new. He mentions it any time he’s discussing his accomplishments in areas that he had no prior experience in; building his first recording studio, creating a podcast and making his first documentary. He had a desire to do these things, and he didn’t let a lack of knowledge stop him. He drew upon past experiences and accomplishments and used the mind he’s developed to attain these new goals.
Motivation: Know Your Why
You’re here and reading this because you’ve got a desire to become a great poker player, maybe even a poker pro. The path to poker success is long and difficult, and to sustain your journey, you need to know your WHY.
Take the time to answer the following questions to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your poker ambitions:
What are your ultimate poker ambitions and dreams?
Who will you become through this experience?
The answers to these questions are what will sustain you through the tough times; when you can’t grind another hour, when studying becomes a bore and a chore, when you’re in a downswing and the only thing you want to do is toss your laptop out the window.
Having a strong Why will engage your mind in developing your poker skills and will push you when others would quit.
Confidence: Draw From Your Past Accomplishments
Even though you aren’t yet an accomplished poker player and don’t know the steps to get there, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure it out.
Draw from your past accomplishments and lessons learned in life to help you achieve all of your poker goals.
Up until now, you’ve probably accomplished many of the following things:
- Played and excelled in sports, won championships
- Learned to drive, aced tests and graduated, got your first job, moved away from home
- Acted in a play, attempted stand-up, spoke in front of a huge audience
- Fell in love, got married, had kids
- Started your first business, climbed the corporate ladder, bought your first rental property
- Ran a marathon, traveled to China, learned a foreign language
- Accomplished something you thought was impossible for you
Before you accomplished any of the above, you probably didn’t know exactly how to do so. But the opportunity presented itself (or you went seeking for it), committed to it, and just did it. Maybe you had some help along the way (winning championships) or just knowing that others have accomplished it, you set out to do so as well (running a marathon). You’ve already developed a mind that can accomplish what you set out to do, so use it.
Now it’s time to take that mind and apply it to becoming a poker pro. Get started now, and figure out how you’re going to get there along the way.
Act As If
You need to Act As If you were a poker pro. Take your vision of what a true poker pro is, and be it. Train like a pro, play like a pro, think like a pro, talk like a pro. Ask yourself the following:
How do pros make note of their mistakes and resolve to learn from them? How do they plug their leaks?
How do pros study their opponents and then exploit their weaknesses?
How do professionals use coaches or mentors?
The answers to these questions will guide you in your poker development.
Now it’s just up to you to stick to your commitment to improve your game. Act As If you’re already the poker pro you want to be and work every day towards poker success.
Please let me know what your personal WHY is in the comments below.
Make your next session the best one yet!
Photo Courtesy of Rupert Taylor-Price.