April 12, 2011
I just wanted to pop in and say this:
If you spend endless amounts of time watching TV/browsing forums/aimlessly entertaining yourself; you are, without a doubt, doing it wrong.
In the past 2 weeks or so I have stopped wasting my time. I have been endlessly watching strategy videos, reviewing my own play, talking with other regulars and reading blogs of some of the best players in the world.
I can tell you now, it's working.
My play is the best it's ever been. I'm making the right plays at the right times and it's nice to have the cards holding up fairly well along the way. My graph is heading straight up and my confidence is at an all-time high. It's funny how you go through cycles like this in poker. After having recovered from a downswing I look back now and wonder: what was I thinking? My play now smashes my play a few months ago, yet there was nothing stopping me from being the player I am now back then. I just didn't know what I needed to do to get to where I am now. Infact, I didn't know that there was anything I could do at all.
I'm the type of person who doesn't like being good at a lot of things; I like being great at just a few things. In some ways I'm a perfectionist. I've always been this way and I think it's something that is prevalent in a lot of poker players. The fact that I am this way leaves me surprised at my previous lack of ability to recognise and extinguish my sub optimal plays. I'm glad I have now.
In short, get studying. It works. I'm in the zone, come join me.