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By: DevilsDate @ 17:05 (EDT) / 244 / Comment ( 2 )

After a successful end to 2013, taking down the $11+r  Action Hour on NYE,  I resolved to embark upon a ‘Year of Learning’ in 2014.The aim was to utilise the vast resources available to me within a dedicated study programme  with a view to becoming a much better poker player.

For reasons personal to me alone that goal was not achieved. To use a cliché, life got in the way. It’s more complicated than that. Suffice it to say that I have the necessary insight to understand why I did not achieve the goal set in January 2014 and have not, until now, taken any step to renew or visit that goal.

As a result, my poker game remains highly variable.

On a good day my A-game is capable of taking me into the money in the largest of MTT field’s and sometimes finishing in the top 5-10% of entrants or better. My A-game, when it decides to grace me with its presence, can make me crush SNG’s with remarkable ease. Unfortunately it’s never quite that easy is it?

My B-game, C-game, D-game…do, unfortunately, grace me with their presence with alarming regularity. Regrettably this is currently far more frequently than my A-game decides to show up. As well as the highly variable results I experience online, I’ve also gone from being a consistent winner in my local pub league (four seasons in a row during one particular period when I was ‘on fire’).

My January 2014 overarching goal was, “To become a much better poker player”. I realise now, with hindsight  that such a goal is somewhat incapable of being measured with any degree of accuracy.

Some 18 months after setting my first poker goal in life, I’ve evaluated why I did not succeed. It was nothing to do with the generality of the goal I set however as under-pinning that overall goal I had set some more specific measurable goals.

I believe I am now in a much better place to revisit my goals and ultimately my dreams. It’s my intention to produce some better SMART goals and to have 1st August 2015 as the launch date of my new study/training regime. It remains my desire to become a much better poker player but this time I hope to have the facts and data to demonstrate objectively where and how I have improved.

I'm going completely back to basics. I believe it is necessary if I am to succeed in my goals. 

Before setting my goals, I’m going to spend some time thinking and capturing my thoughts about what motivates me, why I want to succeed at this game (apart from the obvious) and why I believe I can succeed in my goals.

I know there will be days, possibly whole weeks, when the going gets tough and I will feel like quitting. When those days arrive, and surely they will, I'll remind myself why I set my goals in the frst place. I'll also remind myself of this:

"Without self-discpline, success is impossible, period."

-Lou Holtz

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