Are you disciplined in your life? Do you have the ability to overrule your emotions, or do you let them take control of you?
Chances are, if you are quick to anger or easily frustrated in your day to day life, your relationships or your social circles, you will carry these issues with you to the poker table. The good news is that if you fix these psychological issues it will have a positive effect both on your day to day life as well as your poker game.
When you’re feeling those familiar emotions of anger or frustration, the first thing you should do is slow down, collect your thoughts and take a deep breath.
Breathe in, breathe out, and allow your brain the opportunity to reset. “Zoom out” a bit and try to look at your situation analytically instead of being a slave to your emotions. Chances are, if you struggle with tilt at the poker table these problems are also surfacing in other areas of your life. Becoming more disciplined and taking ownership of your thoughts and actions takes time, but it will have an astonishing impact on your overall happiness as well as your poker bankroll.
Training your thoughts and strengthening discipline is kind of like working out, the first workout is always the hardest.
You’ve got to counter the strength of your bad habits with the strength of your discipline, and oftentimes the bad habits have a much stronger pull. However, in the same way that muscles grow stronger with exercise, your discipline will grow stronger every time you take control of your emotions and do something difficult.
Every time you complete your workout despite feeling tired and unmotivated, your discipline grows stronger. Every time you walk away from the cash table instead of blowing off your stack on tilt, your discipline grows stronger. Eventually you’ll have the fortitude and composure to handle every bad beat the game can throw at you, you’ll be mentally strong and composed in poker and in life, and the net happiness you gain from a disciplined life will far outweigh the dopamine rushes associated with giving in to your emotions and desires.
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