High Achieving Poker Players Have a Long-Term Prospective
© 2017 by M. Mitch Freeland
To be successful at poker you must plan for the long-term. To make money playing poker you have to view your poker playing at a business. Moreover, having a long-term prospective on your poker playing business is necessary to insure steady upward growth.
Planning for the long-term is not easy, but to reach high achievement status in poker and to achieve success throughout your life, you must plan and nurture your poker business. Nothing worthwhile comes quickly. Take care of your business everyday and your business will take care of you in the years to come. Meaningful accomplishment takes time, persistence, and uncompromised diligence. It is not easy. But if you like poker and you feel it is the right business for you, then feel confident that you will make it. If you do not like the idea of poker being a business —get out of the grind and play for fun.
Growing your poker business with a long-term prospective takes a great deal of self-discipline. Sadly, self-discipline is a quality that not everyone can attain. After some successful winning months your self-discipline will increase as your motivation increases. Your self-discipline will also improve when you decide to become serious about the game.
You must follow-through with your long-term goals, and focus on the long-term to build a lasting and successful poker career.
We all know that anything could happen in the short-term regarding our win rate variance. This is why we set goals for the long-term. Your long-term goals could be one to five years. Your long-term goals could also be established by the number of hours you play. For instance, if you have a goal to make $70,000 a year playing live cash games, you will have to play about 2,000 hours a year. You may have a 5 year goal to make $350,000 or $35 an hour playing $1-$3 No-Limit. You will need to play 38.5 hours per week, or almost 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Do you have discipline to do this?
Staying on course is the hard part. You will have many losing sessions that may drain your confidence. To combat this, you should constantly be evaluating your play, especially when you have lost more than three sessions consecutively. You will also have extraordinary winning sessions; and you may even win more than one bad beat jackpot if the casinos you play at offer them. One jackpot could place you well over your five year money goal.
Many good days become good weeks. Good weeks become good months. And many good months turn into good years. A good life is made up with good daily habits. Today matters. So, start today to write your goals. Begin with your big, life goals, then with your smaller, daily goals. Keep playing and set your eyes on the lone-term.
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