The greatest thing you can do for your development in poker is to aim low!

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Aim low? It sounds silly, but at least it’s a bold statement in a world where we are told from all sides that the only way is to set ourselves big dreams and goals. Those who make these claims typically paint a grand vision of the future, full of positive sentiment, but leave out the really important part of the formula: concrete action. Of course, they do, because these things drag us back to boring reality, which is a way harder sell than a dreamy (although most likely impossible) future. If you think you’ve had enough of dreaming and want to get down to the business of making things happen, we’ve got some tips on how to do it.


Realistic goals

Of course, it’s great to dream of playing three times as many Spin&Go games next month, with at least twice the ROI but put your hand on your heart, what are the realistic chances of achieving these? If you don’t see any, don’t be discouraged, just set goals that will help you to really move your poker career forward and not just daydream.

As a first step, the concept of Type I and Type II thinking, developed by Israeli psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman, can help a lot.

Type I could also be called intuition, a quick decision based on the emotions felt at the moment. This type of thinking is exploited in grocery stores with sweets strategically placed near the checkout, as a good proportion of shoppers probably didn’t intend to buy chocolate in the store but will buy it anyway because of a split-second decision based on emotions.

Type II thinking, on the other hand, is a process of looking at the pros and cons of a decision, really thinking it through.

So, when you say you’ve played 1500 games so far, but you’re going to play 2500 next month, that’s a Type I thought, because there’s no logical explanation for why (and how) you’d play almost twice as many games as you had. On the other hand, if you think carefully and perhaps ask for help about what the right direction for you would be, and apply some self-awareness, you can set yourself on a trajectory of progress that could end up with you achieving goals that currently seem unrealistic.


What should I do then?

Once you realize that your „goals” may have been dreams, bitB’s community allows you the opportunity to set new, real and achievable goals. It’s a good idea to take stock of where you are now and perhaps ask for help to identify areas where you need to improve. Once you know where you want to go, it’s worth applying the “25% rule”. To take the example mentioned earlier, someone who has played 1500 games a month so far, but now wants to play 2500, so 1000 more, take 25% of that, which means 250 more games in the first month (1750). A lot of people say: ‘But that’s not enough!’. Indeed, it may not be enough (at least for the time being), but it is a feasible target.

In many cases, when someone sets an over-ambitious goal, the huge gap between where they are and where they want to be, simply destroys their motivation and they may not even be able to play 1500 games. The 25% rule also helps to prevent this. By applying this strategy, you can stay motivated without being overwhelmed by the burden of an unrealistic goal, plus you can play/analyze/learn more and more every month.


bitB Spins Community

How can you take advantage of the above? After joining bitB Spins, you will find yourself in a community of like-minded people, many of whom are further along in their poker careers than you, so you can ask them what are realistic goals for your level, brainstorm with them about what might be the right path for you. You can also get ongoing help to plan your optimal development through the Player Mentoring System.

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