"The road to perfection is one basic step after another."
In poker and in life, C is for the Courage to take action, even when fear overwhelms you. Have the courage to let fear be your friend.
Fear may just be telling you something is out of sync. Rather than allow fear to choke you at the poker table, tap into your courage and use fear's energy to heighten your awareness.
In the fall of 2008, I experienced my first vision quest during a woman's retreat. Frankly, I was skeptical when they said the intention of this exercise was to find my animal spirit guide. Even though people often say that my approach to life appears New Age, at my core I have constant battles… conservative vs. liberal… being fixed vs. demanding change. You could say that I am never bored!
Since I was having a fun few days with a wonderful group of women, I decided to jump into this as an experiment. What could it hurt?
After 20 or 30 minutes, I was startled when I came upon a regal, male lion sitting under a tree in the middle of a wheat-colored mesa. He was sitting very still with his front paws crossed. I felt no fear, just surprise.
He looked up at me and in the deepest, calmest voice you can imagine, he said, "What took you so long?"
At that moment, I realized that for the better part of my life, I had been looking for my courage. Maybe one of the reasons I love poker is that to win at poker, you must be courageous. You must face your fears. You must play your game, not someone else's.
Until next time, remember my motto:
If you can't raise, don't call!
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