I have been guilty of taking the foot off the accelerator a little bit recently. In all that I've read about becoming Supernova Elite, the importance of staying ahead of pace is stressed. Although I am keeping ahead of pace, I feel I should be doing a bit more to make the difference as much as possible. I've only had two half days off so far, and I can't keep that up forever or else I am going to burn out. I'm also getting married in August which is something I have to consider.
The problem I have at the minute is admittedly a nice one. I'm doing very well in the games, but I think there is a gambling mentality that is affecting my volume. I find it harder to go back to playing after having a very good winning session. It's like I know I've run overly good, and don't want to go back for the luck to even itself out or something. I think it ties in with the old "quit while you're ahead" adage. However, this should have no relevance for a professional poker player.
Despite this, I would say it's definitely led to me having undeserved days off in previous years. Also, if things are going quite the opposite, and I'm running really badly, this also discourages me from playing. Sometimes it's really hard to get back in front of the computer when you feel like you're just going to get continuously pummelled and your luck isn't going to turn.
These are two reasons I decided to go for SNE this year, because it would force me to play whether running overly good or overly bad. Theoretically putting more time in at the tables will hopefully mean earning more money.
I remember reading about this kind of thing in "The Poker Mindset" book by Ian Taylor and Matthew Hilger. They emphasize that you must play for the long term, and not care about short-term results such as how one single session went, and concentrate on making good decisions rather than making money. This is great advice. I just have to try and take it as I really don't have a choice!
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