“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.”
-Abraham Lincoln, One of History’s Greatest Poker Players
Goals provide focus. A person without a goal is lost. Successful people know who they are and set goals to get there. This is as much true of business leaders and entrepreneurs as it is poker players. Many poker players don’t set goals because they don’t know how, don’t understand the importance of goals, fear failure or success. Often, players come to us with plenty of skill but without direction. Defining an individual’s measure of poker success and then charting a road map to get there, are the first steps. To do this with any accuracy, players need objective assessments of their own game and then must make adjustments as they progress. Here are some steps to help you create your own goal road map:
- What is your ultimate poker goal? What do you want to accomplish in the next month, 6 months, year. Be realistic based on past performance.
- Write it down: a dream is a commitment in your mind, a goal is a commitment on paper
- How will you get there? What are you daily goals that support your longer term desires? Where is the best part of your game now? Where can you improve most and what is your plan to accomplish that improvement?
- Who is your support team that can help you on this quest?
- Goals are fluid and should be reviewed as you work towards them. Make minor adjustments based on what works. Above all, keep learning from every experience.
Whether you desire making the final table at the WSOP Main Event or winning the Sunday $50k on True Poker, the above process will provide clarity and direction towards that end. You’ll only encounter problems when you’ve lost sight of your goals. The rest are challenges.