Playing your “A Game” and the importance of intention

One of the biggest concerns players have when using the Mp3’s I produce is the focus on “A Game” and “Perfect Poker” throughout the audio. They state quite correctly that it’s not possible to play their “A Game” every session and they question why I would promote that mindset.

The issue with focusing on the fact that B/C game play is inevitable is the self-fulfilling prophecy this belief creates. I have had players tell me about starting sessions when they “knew” they would play their B or C game and unsurprisingly the results of those sessions demonstrate that they were correct. The excuse this mindset creates is a dangerous path for the player to follow and can lead to an acceptance of weak play and a slower progression of skills. It’s key to keep your focus on the positive rather than the negative.

The only distinguishing factor between playing your A game or B and C game is state of mind. There is nothing other than mindset between your best and your worst play. Your knowledge/skill doesn’t disappear from one session to the next and your focus, patience and resistance from boredom is to some extent under your control. You can learn to find that zone of perfect performance and choose to use it during each session.

I would like players to be honest with themselves prior to starting a session. Each time you sit to play question whether you’re absolutely focused on playing your “A Game.” With this intention you can focus on making the most of each session and learning from every situation. It’s true that there are factors that mean “A Game” play will not always be possible; however, the intention to play that way will have a dramatic effect on your results, your performance and the speed in which your game improves.

By taking responsibility for your poker and treating every session as a professional activity you will notice significant improvements in the poker you play and the development of your game. If you feel you are likely to play your B or C game listen to a focus MP3 or meditate prior to the session. Ensure you always put yourself in the best possible mindset prior to putting your money at risk.

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