fighter, on Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 9:52 PM, said:
Dont think of it as multiple sessions but one long session and that every hand you play is worth x amount of dollars. The more hands you play naturally the more money you make.
this is a pretty good way to think about it.
Citizen Erased, on Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 8:33 PM, said:
I have an inherent fear of returning to play with this continuous feeling in me that if I lose money I'll be mad at myself (which I would be).
but THIS is where the real problem is. as humans we are raised with the fear of failure. in every game we played growing up there was a "loser" who didn't want to be one. we were taught that "winning" was what we should strive for. but this is wrong, as it attaches a negative label to a meaningless act. i picture a 12 year olds football game where a kid who played his heart out feels worse after the game because his team lost than a kid who played half-assed but feels good because his team won. why would you be mad at yourself if you lost? if it's because you don't want to "lose," then you need to change your perception about "winning" and "losing." if the idea of losing money is too much for you, then you need to change your perception about money to be a more complete player. i think the best way to get over the fear of money loss is to lay in bed at night and think deeply about what money is.literally: money is paper with neat designs and sometimes portraits printed on it. figuratively: money is a certain number that is insured by a goverment with which we can procure goods and services. $100 to a billionare is not $100 to a homeless woman. there is no natural law saying how much money should be worth to you. i'm not saying you shouldn't have a respect for money, but you should realize that $200 in your bankroll is no longer $200 in your pocket. once it's in your bankroll it should be the $200 to the millionare, that is, that it no longer has any real value to you. it becomes an investment by which to make more money and nothing more. it becomes just a number or an abstract idea of a number.you won't read anything that's immediately going to help you conquer this fear. you have to work at it and your problem is only going to be overcome if you think long and hard about it, and try to rationalize it away. believe me, it doesn't have to be something you have to turn your noise-filter up against. face the problem head on.goodluck.
if you're not playing the notes in front of you it's not mozart.