re: Poker & have I fallen out of love with the game?
Originally Posted by Red_Devil
Hey guys, hope everyone is well?
Recently I took a break from playing & set myself a challenge to read as many tournament poker books as possible, as I felt that sng's and tournaments were my strongest & favourite game. I desperately want to improve, but i'm finding all the info is becoming a little overwhelming. This is going to sound strange, but the more I read, the more I fall out of love with playing! It makes me feel like I will never reach the standard required. Why should I be loading up my money if I can't be the best player I can be? I think i'm asking too much of myself. Can any winning players on here help me to change my mindset or a better way of structuring my learning? I want to get back playing again, but for whatever reason I continue telling myself I need get better before I reload. I have been out for around 2 months now.
To me it seems like you're wanting to improve so quickly purely from a profit point of view. You desperately want to improve your game so quickly you're willing to read/learn everything you can to ultimately win some money but quickly?
This is great but I think you're trying to run before you can walk. What I mean is that, you're just taking in so much information that there's only so much of it we can process at a time so you're becoming just so overwhelmed that it's probably draining you, thus you have already had enough before you have started. It also doesn't help that I assume you just want to win quickly that's why you're wanting to improve at such a rate. It's not just a case of reading everything all the time, it's about reading good stuff and taking that stuff in so it sticks. It's pointless reading tons of stuff if it's doing the absolute opposite of what it should be.
Your post sounds very much like I used to be. I'm still one who wants to learn all the time and when I do something I do it obsessively but I spent way to much time at some points where I really didn't enjoy it so you really need to take some breaks from time to time and just study a little less, play less and do other things non poker related.
The point here is that, it seems like you're having to force yourself to want to do this which is obviously going to lead to bad results overall like in anything we do in life. If we feel forced or have to do something, the results are never great. I'd take some time away completely from poker until you get that urge to enjoy the game first again.