At first glance, a wealth mind-set would seem to be completely unrelated to poker, right? Wrong! Never is a wealth mind-set more important than in activities that involve money or success in any form.
What is a wealth mind-set, anyway?
Most often the term refers to a consistent expectation of wealth and success.To better clarify this concept, let us consider people who obviously have this type of mind-set.
Have you ever known people who seem to be naturally lucky? Perhaps they frequently win money and prizes in contests, lotteries, and sweepstakes; or they constantly seem to get offered great opportunities, jobs and other forms of good fortune effortlessly.
Have you ever wondered how they do it?
Ironically, “luck” has nothing to do with it. Not in the sense that we usually think of luck anyway. Rather, this type of person undoubtedly has what we would call a wealth mind-set. They EXPECT wealth. They expect to win. They expect to succeed in whatever they do. And more often than not, they do!
Let’s use another example. Imagine that you are observing two men who apply for the same great job. One of them is very confident that he’s the man for the job. He knows that he has a lot to offer the company and that confidence shines through during his interview. After the interview, he knows he aced it. He believes he’s going to get the job.
The other guy isn’t quite so confident. He really wants the job, but in his head are all kinds of negative thoughts: “Things never work out for me, so I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I’m probably not the best candidate they’ll interview.” As a result of these thoughts, he’s more restrained and nervous during his interview. He stumbles over his answers and worries what the interviewer is thinking of him. Afterwards, he agonizes over his answers and thinks, “I screwed it up; they’ll never hire me now.”
No big surprise that the first guy will probably get the job! And it’s NOT just about confidence, either! It’s about EXPECTATION.
Which personality type do you most resemble? Do you expect great things to happen to you? Do you expect to win and succeed at whatever you do? Or do you doubt yourself and get caught up in negative thinking and expectation of problems?
Can you see how this applies heavily to the game of poker? Developing a wealth mind-set is crucial if you want to be a great poker player. The good news is that it isn’t hard to do at all. Here’s how:
1) Expect good in all you do.
Believe it or not, negative thinking isn’t “all in your head.” It actually seeps out and colors everything you do. If you believe you can’t be successful, if you believe you’ll never be a great poker player, you’ll act in ways that bring exactly that result. On the other hand, if you expect to master the game, expect to play well, expect to win – guess what is more likely to happen?
2) Affirm constantly that you are blessed with good fortune.
Expectations are often intangible and hard to grasp, so to help solidify these concepts in your mind, get into the habit of speaking aloud your expectations of success. Say things like this: “I’m feeling really lucky today! Great things are going to happen to me today, I just know it! I’m going to play my best game ever tonight,” and so on. Say them over and over again until you really believe them. It will take a little time to really absorb the messages but eventually you will, and you will find your “luck” changing for the better.
3) Refuse to entertain doubt and disbelief.
Understand that doubts are completely normal when you first begin developing a wealth mind-set. You’re not used to thinking this way, so of course it’s going to feel strange and you might be tempted to give up. Don’t do it! Anything worthwhile will take a bit of effort and you’ll be pleased to find that when you refuse to entertain doubts and disbelief, they have no choice but to fade away.
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