re: Poker & Procrastination & Poker
Originally Posted by RogueRivered
No, I've played a lot online. It's just that now that I've gone back to study mode rather than playing mode, I'm finding it hard to force myself to play because my expectations are so high.
The best way to combat that is to just play. Period. And not worry about it. The only way to get better is to experience the ups and downs and learn to deal with them.
You need to get over yourself.
You may completely suck at poker and if that is the case, then so be it.
You may actually be good at poker and if that is the case then so be it.
You will never really find out unless you let go and accept that you may fail.
I think you need to look deeper at this because if you are frightened of failing, then how would you deal with a downswing?
Some people just aren't cut out to deal with something like that, so its something you need to work on.
Personally I'm in favour of the sink or swim approach. Just do it.
Set yourself a time of the day that you play poker.. just as an athlete would with his training, and do it. No-one knows if they will be good at something unless they really give it a go.
Now what happens if you completely suck at poker?? what's the absolute worst??? you lose some money .. hopefully not too much.. and your pride is a bit bruised... and you start looking for something else to do with your time (which means that finding out you suck quickly is a good thing, but taking several years just wastes your own time).
I'm not all that good at pep talks.. so Ill just say what I said at the start.. you need to get over yourself, you need to accept that you may fail, but by accepting that, you allow yourself the oppertunity to see if you can win.