Poker is like getting in shape
I've thought about this for a while and noticed similarities with the two, especially in my life.
At first, you have to get to a point where you are fed up. In poker, you lose your bankroll for the umpteenth time after not putting 100% of your efforts into keeping it with good BRM, in life you're struggling to fit in your favourite pair of jeans because you haven't been bothered to look after your diet and exercise.
So, we vow to stop playing, and take a break from poker and educate ourselves by reading books, articles and forums, like CC, we record our progress using things like HEM/PT3 and set ourselves strict BRM and personal goalswhen we come back after our break. In life, we may read men's health magazine, a few articles about good nutrition, going to the gym, we start goping to the gym, or getting out to exercise, we start a strict diet. We look down at the scales and see we've dropped 10 pounds in a month. We look in the cashier and see we've doubled our bankroll in a month.
We are extremely confident, so we move up in limits, maybe a little too fast, and it hurts our bankroll a little. We think that we've dropped 10 pounds so we can have that chocolate bar, or burger, and then another one because if we've lost it before we can do it again.
Then we get lazy again. Leaks reappear in our game and our confidence drops. We lose a bit, so try to make it up fast, making rash decisions, and the bankroll begins to dwindle.
In life, we skip the gym for a few days, pig out on fast food, go to the pub and notice our results fading away much quicker than we gained them.
We have now lost confidence in both areas, and the downard spiral will start again if we don't get a grip of it. This is where we should break, now before its too late. Read up on poker, BRM, drop down a level and go back to it with strict goals and grind away, we don't need quick results. We shouldn't need to go broke again to realise this.
In life, stick to that diet, force yourself to the gym, you know you will feel better afterwards. Slow and steady wins the race.
I think the message I'm trying to put across here is, when I win, I get too confident and I'm sure others do. I think a better word may be complacent. Making smaller goals makes the overall goal easier to achieve. In EVERYTHING.
Don't fall off the bandwagon
Anyone else feel these 2 are similar?
I would like to know if anyone else has found anything similar to poker in their lives, in the way i've found getting in shape relates me to poker.