I noticed lately that one of the most important factors in poker is fear. Fear that you might lose a lot of chips or have your Pocket Aces cracked.
Now, I'm a tight/conservative player. I tend to only play quality hands regardles of position or pot odds
. Many of the poker players I play with know this. I strike fear in them when I raise. They fear I have a monster hand. Now, most cases they are correct. Even if they do call to see a flop, I will make another big bet. This will give them the message that I hit something and unless they have a draw or a pair, they fold in aggravation. There is nothing wrong with how I play. Is there? People call me a "mouse" or a "rock" like it's the worst way to play. But is it really? (Seriously, I'm asking you).
Now, clearly I can use this to my advantage. Take pots down with any two cards providing they have mediocre-marginal hands at best. The problem is, I fear to make bluffs becuase I want to plac ehigh in the tournament and not lose a lot of chips. I know this is my biggest problem in my play.
The point I'm trying to make is you can't be afraid. Sure, everyone wants to place high. But, there is a difference between placing high and winning. Someone who is afraid and plays super tight places high most of the time. Someone who isn't afraid to call with nothing or raise with nothing wins tournaments.
I should practice what I preach. It's one of the cases where you know what you should do but you're afraid to do it. Basically, be fearless and makes your opponents fear you. But you should also play smart. That's what I'm trying to do to make myself a better player. You should too if you haven't already.