Even if you’re a great poker player who knows the math, studies hard, and can pull off great plays, that doesn’t mean anything if you’re off your game. What we mean to say is that context is everything.
Take a look at your play, and ask yourself what your A game, your B game, your C game, and your F game call look like. What’s it like when it feels like you’re playing to the best of your abilities? What’s it like when you feel off?
Closely tied with mental game, bringing you’re A game is one of the most important off-the-table things that you can do to improve your win-rate.
A Better You
Whether it’s poker, football, or any other competitive endeavor, competitors and their coaches generally preach the same line. By maximizing yourself, both in game and out of game, you will become a fiercer competitor.
This really starts with your most fundamental habits. Do you eat a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you get enough sleep?
While these basic concepts may not appear to be “about poker” like most of the content that you’ll find on this blog, the truth is that they have everything to do with poker. Being a healthier, more balanced person will help you tremendously at the poker table.
When you’re well-rested and well-nourished, you’ll be less likely to tilt off and make poor decisions. You’ll find that you’re more dialed in, more focused, and more observant. Basically, your powers as a general human being will be increased, thus making you a better poker player. You’ll bring your A game even more consistently.
It’s a difficult task, no matter who you are, what you do, or where you are in life. Searching inside is never easy. We’ve got to ask ourselves tough questions about ourselves and our lifestyles, and being honest about those answers can pose another challenge in itself.
Still, try taking some time to think about how you can transform yourself into a better person. Use poker to motivate you; after all, you will win more if you succeed.
Try meditating, journaling, or even just sitting with your thoughts. Then take action. Make realistic goals—don’t try to change everything at once. Just like with poker, we need to master one fundamental at a time before we move on to the next.
Are you ready to become a better poker player? Get offline and take a walk. We’ll still be here when you get back.