What kind of baggage are you planning to take with you into your poker game in 2011? It is clear to me that when poker players take emotional crap with them into the game, they play weaker.
It's a simple fact. Emotions control our thoughts, and thought control our actions.
Today is the first day of the rest of 2011, and for me, January 1 is a sacred day. It helps me set the tone for my entire year.
Do you have a ritual to start this New Year? I do and I'd like to share it with you. It is simple and will help you release that which no longer serves you, both in your life and at the poker table.
How to prepare for success in 2011:
Take a clean white piece of paper and write down everything you want to release, old ideas, hurt, anger, donkey play, timidity, poor judgment, letting other players push you around… whatever. Write fast and furious. Write with intention.
This is your opportunity to bitch, moan, and let it out. Don't be shy. Write it all down. It may take you 30 seconds, or it might take 30 minutes.
Crumple the paper and carry it outside. Find a safe place and burn it. Watch the paper go up in flames. As it burns, turn your back on it and walk away, never looking back. You have permission to let that garbage go.
It is done.
Until next time, remember my motto,
When you can't raise, don't call.