MindSet Moment: I woke this morning to discover that during Tropical Storm Debbie’s 18-inch downpour over the last 24 hours, she had also managed to blow out a front passenger window on our 32’ mobile office, which is a converted Class-A Motorhome. You can image the puddles of water I found when I opened the door.
At the moment I made the discovery, I had a choice about how I responded to the situation. After the obligatory, fleeting, “Ah crap,” I settled into a calm resolve by detaching myself from the situation by doing a MindShift Exercise I teach my poker coaching clients: “Hmmm. Isn’t that Interesting.”
You see, I love our mobile office.
And being attached and possessive about anything is often destructive. It’s like getting cards you like and refusing to let go of them earlier rather than later.
You know what I mean. It’s that refusing-to-fold syndrome and hanging on too long.
Gregory, the pups, and I logged dozens of trips to poker tournaments in our rolling home-office, first as journalists, and then as poker tournament competitors. After a couple of trips with the pups, we yanked out the carpet and installed easy care vinyl. I never understood why any motor home had carpet anyway.
Early on, Gregory insisted we upgrade the standard 4-gallon water heater to a 10-gallon one with three ways of heating water. I must admit, I enjoyed always having hot water, too. We even put in a laundry center so we could wash our undies as we traveled down the road.
This morning, after walking around our mobile office with the “Hmmm. Isn’t that interesting” mindset, I came in for a cup of coffee and asked Mama Peggy about the weather cast for the day. She told me this lull would be followed by rain for the rest of the day and maybe into tomorrow.
That called for another, “Hmmm. Isn’t that interesting.”
Since one of our neighbors has a motor home garage and had sold their motor home, I headed down to see if I could rent their garage. As we all know, things expand to take up the space allowed. It was completely full of stuff.
“Hmmm. Isn’t that interesting”
Turning out of their driveway towards home, I spied the man, who helps Mama Peggy in the garden, and stopped to visit. Immediately he said he’d move his boat, and we could use his boat shed. In less than half an hour, we had our mobile office moved, and fans hooked up to dry everything out.
I know that poker has changed my life.
Competing at the poker table and poker mindset coaching has dramatically affected the way I react to every situation in my life.
Before poker, I would have reacted to a situation like this with something counterproductive like, “Why is this happening to me?”
Now, I detach and observe. I look for the blessings.
Blessing, you say. What can they be?
In this case, we decided it’s time to sell the mobile office and give someone a heck of a deal. RIGHT CLICK to download a pdf if you’re interested in a Mobile Office at a 50% Discount.
I’d been thinking about it but putting it off. You see, I love our mobile office, and I had been refusing to release it. Just like holding onto a poker hand after it no longer serves you.
It doesn’t serve us to hang onto it because I’m doing most of my traveling by myself these days. Gregory is tending to Mama Peggy and the pups while I’m gone, or maybe it’s vice versa.
Poker MindSet Coach &
Dean of Poker MindSet Academy
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