Confession #5 - I have never really had a plan of action to improve my game
Before I actually blog about my plan to become a winning player, I wanted to make confession #5 and then explain how I’m going to do this.
Over time, I’ve read some of the many poker books in my library, watched a few poker videos, played around with computer programs and various poker software, and even taken a course with Hitman on Cash Games. Doing this has made me a better player than before, but, I’ve never really had a true plan of attack and while I’ve read the material, I haven’t absorbed it and/or applied it in the manner needed to be a winning player.
So, I’m now actively working on my plan of attack to become a winning player and I’m working on “Punky159’s Sit and Go Action Plan.” SAY WHAT??!!!! Well, the first part of my overall plan is to play primarily in NLHE Sit and Go’s of the single table variety. Once I’m satisfied that my goal has been achieved, and I have verifiable proof that I’m a consistent and winning player, then I plan to move onto the next phase.
So, for those of you that may not understand what an action plan is… An Action Plan is a simple list of tasks or steps that one carries out in order to achieve an objective. In any good business model, we know that an action plan focuses on the achievement of a single goal and in developing that plan, we need to keep in mind these important points.
1) Each step needs to be something that is realistic, measurable and attainable
2) Clear responsibilities need to be identified and in this case the responsibility lies solely with me
3) Each step needs to have a specific time schedule for completing the activities within that step
4) Resources need to be identified to complete the activities within these steps, which includes a plan for acquiring the resource.
5) A learning journal or diary needs to be used to facilitate and document the plan, steps taken along the way, lessons learned, questions or problems that may need to be addressed, etcetera.
Continuing on how to write an action plan.
1) Clarify Goals - Create a picture of expected outcome for each goals and define how goals are to be measured. Identify any constraints on time, money, or resources.
2) Write a list of actions - Write down each step and the actions needed to be taken within each step to achieve goals and refine if needed.
3) Analyze, prioritize, and prune - Look at the list of actions and question as to level of importance and in what order they should be carried out.
4) Organize the list into the plan - Decide on the order of your action steps, analyze the order, and then rearrange if needed
5) Monitor the execution of the plan and review on a regular basis - if the plan is moving along properly, then continue on with the plan, however, if there is no progression towards the goals within the plan, or if new information arises on something that needs to be added or deleted from the plan, then use the information for optimization.
I’m already working on my Action Plan, and it may take some time to actually put it into execution, but this is something I’m committed to. My next blog might not be for a while, but hopefully, I’ll have a viable plan that includes everything I need to move forward and since I’m putting myself out there in these blogs, I hope that others in the PSO community will chime in and critique my plan so I can tweak it.
Thanks Ric, AkA Punky159