June 12, 2010

Ambition to play high stakes

I've always been a very conservative type of poker player, player selecting carefully.  But now I feel the desire to play higher stakes and test my mettle at PLO.  I think a big part of it has been learning about the power of habits.  I am an almost obsessive person, so if I can put a few healthy habits in place and maintain carefully but not go overboard, I can achieve at a level beyond the average person.  For most of my life, I have always been an underachiever, settling for what I considered to be the least effort with the most reward.  I thought like an accountant.

But now I think like a entrepreneur.  Sure risk/reward still influences my decisions, but my main reason for being in the game is to test my limits and see what I can accomplish.  It's not about the money as much as it is the lifestyle for me (although they aren't mutually exclusive).  I could sit in my sweatpants and play poker for the rest of my life if I feel it challenges me enough.  It's more about how sharp I feel internally than how I look to others.

I worked out my legs today.  Worked out so hard I threw up in the parking lot when I was done.  I've started running 4 miles at the end of my lifting sessions (which are about 1 - 1 1/2 hours) to see how much I can withstand.

All in all, I think these are the adjustments I've made to my life mentally to deal with the constant stress.  Smoking (cigars) alleviates the stress, but I know that's just a short-term band-aid.

A REALLY important thing I discussed with Chris Yeung was the idea of MITs - Most Important Tasks.  You set 1 or 2 tasks that must be completed that day and you give them top priority every hour of every day.  That's really helped me out.

Posted By grantkropf at 01:06 AM

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