Related, and so perhaps a tie in. Last night I played great poker and won a 90 seat sng, and made enough to turn around and play what for me would be a big tourney. I could have played a $20 tourney.
I even had the time. What I didn't have at the end of that tourney was the frame of mind I had at the start of it. At the end of any tourney, the aggressive juices are flowing madly, and they have to be else you just wither and die. At the beginning of every tourney caution is paramount.
I made the wise decision (IMO), to not play any more last night.
What this brings to mind for me is that I too have tried the bigger game, and suffer the same thing as naruto, I played scared. And that does not win. I won a seat into a big sat to a 750K game coming up. The super sat is putting me into a game I really have no business playing in. It is a rebuy, where the rebuy is $300.00.
SO how will I approach that game?
I have 2 weeks to consider how. On the one hand the supersat was cheap, I did well, and I can rest on my laurels that I did well, and treat the next step with disdain. I can't do the buy in, or the add-on, so I am at a great disadvantage going in.
I can treat it like it's a freeroll, and take a devil may care attitude.
I can roll-up into a really small fetal position and play so tight it hurts.
I think I will have to consciously avoid playing it too tight. I have a style these days that at least I can recognize, and if I can bring that game I will feel comfortable.
I think it will be a learning experience that allows me to jump the standard br management regimen which would tell me I should be playing $5 tourneys with the occasional foray into the $10 world.
Perhaps the tie in is to find your comfort zone, not only with the buyin, but with your playing style, then learn how to determine if you are mentally 'right' for summoning that game when necessary.