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Setting Goals (Poker and Beyond) for 2011

When I was younger, I used to hate the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I thought that people should simply do what’s best for them every single day – using an arbitrary date to trigger amazing life changes seemed silly to me. I also thought that setting goals was a limiting process. I felt like setting rigid goals and pursuing them single-mindedly would keep me away from other opportunities.

The past decade or so of my life has been dominated by two themes:

1.) Being overly ambitious and trying to do too much
2.) Coasting along and being frustrated about not realizing what I believe to be my full potential

These two themes seem to be polar opposites. However, these two themes balance each other naturally. Think of a spring. First, I stretch the spring by doing too much. Then, the spring compresses, and I do too little. The cycle continues as the spring oscillates between being stretched and being compressed.

To break this cycle, I decided that some goal setting would be in my best interest. After setting my goals, I realized that my original viewpoint regarding goals was wrong. Good goals need to be specific enough to focus one’s efforts. However, goals are flexible when the motivations behind them are understood.

For example, suppose you set a goal to win $2,000 per month playing poker 10 hours per week. Is your motivation for winning $2,000 per month playing poker primarily the money, or is it primarily the pleasure you derive from being a good poker player? Your answer to this question will determine how you respond when a non-poker opportunity presents itself to you that allows you to make $3,000 per month in the same 10 hours per week.

A few days ago, I sent my business coach a simple list of 13 goals for 2011 – goals with clearly definable endpoints. Stepping back from that list, the bigger picture is clear. I’m looking to: 

1.) Leverage my current knowledge and skills to make the most money possible in the short term.

2.) Educate myself, acquire new skills, and branch outside of poker and gaming

With my desires clearly defined, my mind feels unburdended and prepared to tackle whatever challenges 2011 throws my way. Regardless of where your goals are directed this year, I hope that you also feel prepared for the new year. Together, let’s have a killer 2011! 

May Your EV Always Be Positive!

The Tsunami

P.S. The January 2011 edition of KillerEV Hand of the Month Analysis will be going out the beginning of next week. With all my recent travels, I’ve been away from the felt for awhile, so I’m going to be getting the January 2011 Hand of the Month Analysis from this weekend’s upcoming action. If you’re not currently getting my Hand of the Month Analysis, it’s never too late to sign up. Simply put your email address in the form at the top of the page.


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