Power of a positive attitude
I don't know if this has ever been asked before, but how important do you think that having a strong positive attitude helps, when playing poker?
Not just saying to yourself "I'm gonna win this", but feel confident about it. Feeling like you expect good cards, and you expect to hit your draws.
I know everyone who has played poker have had moments where you can't lose, and you feel like the greatest poker player in the world. Then there are days when you can't win. You're feeling down and depressed. Nothing seems to be going right. Everyone is sucking out on you, and you feel like giving up. Your confidence is low.
Ok, your probally going to say that it's called 'variance'. Not quite sure what that means. Just something about the randomness of the variables.
I kind of believe that it may be a little more to it than that, and I think that some of the pros may believe that too.
Take a look at Hellmouth. He meditates before tournaments. He tells
himself while meditating "Good things happen to me." He thinks he's the best player, and he expects to win.
Mike Matasow (The New Mike) now also practices the power of a positive attitude. Before you would see him being all negative whenever he lost a hand. Now you can see him willing himself to stay positive. Its like if he believes that the ace will hit on the flop, that it will hit on the flop.
Some players, you can see the confidence flowing through them when they play, and others you can see the doubt in their eyes. For example; Watching Tom Dwan on PAD (Poker after Dark), He is just full of confidence, and positive attitude. He seems like he expects the cards to always go his way, and they usually do. Then watching Daniel Negraneau on PAD is just brutal. Normally he is full of confidence. But on this show you can see it in his eyes and body action that he expects to lose. And he usually does.
Sure some of you are rolling your eyes at me ,thinking this guy is nuts. I'm actually just a normal guy that believes in more than what our eyes see. Who knows? Maybe there is some kind of mystical power of the mind to will good cards. Some cards are used for telling the future (Tarot), so just maybe there is something to it. I don't know.