Originally Posted by VizziVizo
Soon I will play another poker tournament (PokerStars), the last few lost and now I realized that this is not the downswing and nothing else the whole thing is that I was not prepared for the tournament mentally.
I need advice on how to be prepared psychologically for the tournament, what to do to collect the thoughts and play the tournament with a "cool head"?
Here is some information about me, trying to give advice to someone I do not know personally is not good advice; it aligns itself with the person who is giving information and I do not know if this would fit your personal preference of playing.
The person who recommended Jared Tendler is great advice to read also; Haseeb Qureshi too. I improved because I was looking for a different edge but mostly I was looking inward for answers. Psychology offers more than just understanding why or why not I was not fulfilling my goals; mostly because I did not have any.
Journaling my thoughts about my experience, I started to see my routines were forming patterns in my play, thinking, why I was not seeing my play transfer into success, analyzing, breaking down my actions at the table that have been continuously not in alignment with what I wanted to accomplish at the table. These are some examples, however, journaling my thoughts let me understand mentally what I needed to do to improve my focus at the table. Our “A” game is a moving target, knowing what to do in every situation is a moving target; proper focus is a moving target. My admitting this help me grow but seeing it on paper was the start of a proper mental focus. Journaling has helped me the most and writing good and bad thoughts help me understand it was more than just playing the game.
Adding additional information would hinder the mental capacity to improve. Start simple and then add information after a person has transferred any information to unconscious competence. It sounds simple but to admit that I was the reason I was not being successful this was the first step to improving the backend of my game; my “C-“game. Here is where the routines, patterns, and tendencies reside that need improvement. Down swings are going to happen, I just say variance was going to happen eventually and today was just the day it happened. This helps mentally not to blame outside sources as a reason for bad results and then it helps not to attach skill as the sole reason of success. I also realized a person has to have the proper amount of emotion to stay focused being emotionless is not conducive for long term success. Hope your year is filled with success.