Improving Motivation

Check out this article I recently wrote for Pokerstrategy.com.

Motivation is an essential ingredient for becoming a successful poker player, but it can often be one of the most elusive. It’s easy to find a short-burst of motivation after listening to an inspiring song, watching an iconic movie clip, or reading dramatic quote. Even a good prop bet can spark a fire that gets you to put in more volume by avoiding another long session of mindlessly surfing the internet. Unfortunately, these sparks are just short lived and you sink back into old patterns of laziness, procrastination, and worse. The longer it goes on, the more it seems like being unmotivated is a permanent part of your personality.

There’s no such thing as being unmotivated. Whatever you do with your time, you’re motivated to do, even if it’s not what you want to be doing. In the film Office Space, Peter was one of the laziest people alive, but that was his goal. Despite appearing lazy and unmotivated, he was highly motivated to do nothing. If you want to stop hanging with friends, watching TV, browsing forums, or anything else you end up doing when you should be playing poker, you need to find out why you’re motivated by it. Once you realize the reason(s) these things other than poker motivates you, you’re one step closer to realigning your motivation for poker in the way you want it to be. Click here to read more

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