It’s hard – if not impossible – to get ahead at poker without working on your performance edge. To do this, you need to create a reliable system that you can follow to continually get the best out of yourself.
I’m your poker mindset and performance coach Adam Carmichael, and today I’m going to take your through what such a system would look like.
Step #1: Have Clear Goals To Aim For
First of all, you’d need to decide what your objectives are – what is the system wanting to achieve?
This is your long term goals in all areas of your life, not just poker.
If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. paired with strong emotions for why you need to make it happen, you can forget about making consistent progress.
This is the first thing I help the players I work with do, design that vision of the future that excites them and fuels them with motivation.
Step #2: Break Your Goals Down Into Checkpoints
Then you have to break those long term goals down into specific checkpoints that you can work towards. This could include 90 day goals, 30 day goals and 7 day goals.
Why is this important?
Having long term goals is great, but without breaking them down into smaller checkpoints, we soon lose sight of them as time goes on.
Long term goals can also feel overwhelming or too far out of reach to keep us motivated day to day.Having short term checkpoints gives us something to aim for and let’s us know if we are staying on track.
With both your long term and short term goals firmly in place, you can now start to put the wheels in motion.
Step #3: Create A Plan
Now you have it clear exactly WHAT goals you want to achieve, you then need to plan exactly HOW you are going to achieve them.
This is going to include scheduling your days, allocating your time to your highest priorities and developing the habits and behaviours that are in alignment with your goals.
This needs to be done each and every week, you should have clear measurable objectives which are built into your schedule on a daily basis.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail.
Step #4: Monitor & Evaluate
The final piece of the puzzle is monitoring and evaluating your performance.
You need to create a scoring system to track the key performance markers in alignment with your weekly goals.
These performance markers will be unique to you, but generally they are the things that you need to follow through with each day in order to achieve your weekly goals.
Then you need to put some time aside either on a Sunday evening or a Monday morning to evaluate your whole weeks performance.
With your weekly goals next to your daily performance monitoring form, you will be able to clearly see how close you were to the objectives you set yourself.
Armed with these new insights, you will see which areas you need to improve whilst you set your new goals for the week ahead and process starts again.
So to bring it all together:
- You first need to get clear on the vision and your long term goals.
- You break those goals down into 90 day, 30 day and 7 day checkpoints.
- You then map out a plan for the week ahead with specific outcomes to achieve.
- You create a daily scoring system tracking the key performance markers for your goals.
- Finally, you evaluate your performance at the end of the week, summarising what went well, what didn’t go as planned and how you are going to improve the following week.
Now if you’re serious about implementing these changes into your life, I’d love to help you with that and give you the opportunity to join my Winners Edge Club community, full of ambitious poker players who are striving to reach their full potential both on and off the tables.
I have a whole section of coaching modules dedicated to teaching you the step my step process to developing your Performance Edge and achieving your poker goals.
If you want to find out more details about the Winners Edge Club and see if it’s a good fit for you, just click on the link.