Poker players often exist in the middle of a whirlwind of emotions. They are ecstatic when they win and in dispare when they lose.
The rub is that if you are a tournament poker player, the vast majority of the time you lose. That is, IF you consider that you win ONLY when you win first. If that's you, then take up bowling and forget poker.
Winning at poker is far more than how much cash is in your pocket when you walk away from the game. How many poker winners do you know that are miserable? I bet a lot.
In the long run, this is what is really important: How you look at your experience at the poker table and how you use that time you invested to better your life.
Everything is energy. Your house, your car, a tree, a dog, your actions, your thoughts, your words. Everything.
The words we choose create a vibration around us. When we vibrate at a high level, we pull positive experiences to us. When we vibrate low, we pull disaster.
That's quantum physics. I didn't make this stuff up!
What is the instant answer that comes to your mind and out your mouth? "Fine" or "Just ok" or "You won't believe the bad beats I took!"
On the other hand, regarless of what happened, do you think and say, "I played great!" "Played my A-game!" "I had a wonderful time!"
Take a moment and say these words aloud: "Fine; Just OK; I took a bad beat."
Notice how you feel inside your body. Do you feel flat and discouraged? Is your energy low?
Now say these words with conviction. REAL conviction: "I played my A-game; I had a fantastic time. Why am I such an AWESOME poker player?"
How do you feel inside your body? Do you feel better? Is your energy higher? Do you feel uplifted, REGARDLESS of what actually happened?
Everything is energy. The words we choose have a meaning to us and create a vibration inside us and around us. They are clues to what we are creating, whether we are doing it consciously or unconsciously.
For many poker players, looking at their cash winnings and bracelets is the only way to keep score. There is a better way.
Before you answer, take a deep breath and bask in your abundance.
Until next time, keep my motto in mind:
When you can't raise, don't call.