2) Less Information, More Focus
Okay, so don’t take that too seriously, I’m not telling you to stop studying poker.
Obviously that is an integral part of your long term success. However, the way you study may need to be altered a bit, to allow more focus and less distraction.
Ask yourself, how many different poker sources do you get your information from? This includes, but is not limited to: Books, Courses, YouTube Channels, Websites, Forums, Study Groups, Articles, etc.
The reality is, we have the exact opposite issue than what we had 20+ years ago, we have too much information. If you are starting to really dig in and try and improve your poker game in this day and age, you probably have experienced this.
Information overload is a very real thing and can cause a ton of subsequent issues such as mental fatigue and over analyzing everything. For example, let’s say someone is trying to lose weight. This person has a goal, and wants to achieve it, but has no idea how. They’ve never worked out, gone on a diet or learned about nutrition. They start reading every article and book, enroll in a course, get a membership at a gym, and start watching 15 different YouTubers in the fitness niche.
Quickly a problem arises where they simply don’t know where to start, or who to listen to. One person says workout for an hour every day, another person says that will hurt you, and you should only workout 3 days a week.
One book told you to go vegan, one book told you to load up on lean meats. Soon the information that’s been input into this person’s brain overloads, mental fatigue sets in, and they simply want to give up all together.
Have you ever heard of the phrase “paralysis by analysis”?
It simply means getting so caught up in trying to decide what to do, that you eventually become paralysed and forget to do anything at all. Don’t worry, this phenomenon happens to literally everyone at some point or another. “Should I go for a run?” “Should I start a business?” “Should I ask this girl out?”
We over analyze the situation to the point of insanity, without actually ever doing anything. A common trigger of “paralysis by analysis” is information overload, or listening to too many people at once.
When you are looking to level up in your poker career, you should find 1-2 sources for knowledge and information and stick to them, and them alone. Challenge yourself to really focus in and study the skills and tools that allowed the instructor to find success. Focus and learn what they are telling you, then turn around and immediately start implementing it.
Don’t get caught up in analysis, but instead find a trustworthy source and apply what you are taught. This is the quickest way to find success, in poker and in anything in life.