Jared is not a fan of creating short-term fixes. While he admits there is a lot of great advice out there, if that advice does not translate to a fundamental change in the way you think about the game, learning, and yourself, then you will have to constantly come up with new tricks and solutions. Think of short term solutions as bandaids. Sure they can be good for a short period of time, but having to apply and reapply bandaids over and over again is not a viable long-term solution. To put it in Jared’s words, the difference between the two is like “the difference between pulling out a weed by its roots, and just pulling it out at the surface level only to have it grow back.” To read more, click here.
In the last few years I have spent a lot more time thinking about attention and focus, both as a mental game coach and as a parent. More and more my clients are coming to me with struggles related to the fact they, like many people, are addicted to their phones and social media.
Then I read articles like this which make me realize we could be in a national epidemic of tech addiction. Silicon Valley bosses prohibit their children from using the very tech that they produce, because they know what it is doing to all of us. This is becoming the smoking of our time, but thankfully we are waking up to it. If you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes, check out this interview with Tristan Harris.
There are many problems with tech addiction, but one of the specific ones I deal with is something I call ‘Bloated Brain’, which I cover in The Mental Game of Poker 2. In both my books I make constant comparisons between the brain and your muscles, for good reason. Bloated Brain, however, is a bit more like your stomach. When we absorb too much information it has a similar impact on our brain as too much food does in our stomach. We feel slow, and tired, and we are unable to take any more information in. (Homer Simpson knows all about this)
If you are playing poker or trading you are already exposing yourself to thousands upon thousands of data points every day and using a lot of your cognitive resources. Then you have to spend your entire day avoiding thousands upon thousands of marketing messages wherever you go. Then there is email, your friends Facebook posts and tons and tons of clickbait. A lot of my clients try and relax with video games, but unfortunately, that’s just absorbing more data.
Now more than ever you need breaks from all that information. Go for walks with no tech, go to the gym, listen to calming music, take one day off from work and tech every week, meditate if that works for you. I also advise my clients to journal, it’s a good way to get that information out of your brain and help your brain to digest data. It really helps them clear their head and a side benefit is that they tend to sleep better.
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I had a chance to chat with Aaron Fifield on the “Chat with Traders” podcast. It’s a wide ranging interview that covers:
- How I went from professional golfer to mental game poker coach, who helped my first client squash anger issues and make $600,000 in the space of four months.
- The benefits of removing negative and excessive emotion from decision making, and the various exercises Jared uses with his clients to balance emotions.
- Tips for how to; study your own emotional reactions, recognize flawed patterns which can be corrected, and separate tactical errors from mental game errors.
- Jared fleshes out the seven types of “tilt” poker players and traders can experience, and when (in your career) you should begin working on psychology improvements.
- Pointers for how to maintain concentration, focus, and high levels of alertness throughout the trading day—especially important for short-term day traders.
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The old adage, “give it a 110%,” is wrong. Pushing yourself that much isn’t possible at one time because research has proven you can only give it 102%.
This NY Times article highlights the research that used deception to fool cyclists and get them to ride 2% faster than they were previously capable of doing. It’s fascinating to see that the body holds reserve amounts of energy that seem to be limited by our perception of what we’re capable of doing. But, that reserve is limited too. Riders couldn’t go 5% faster – only 2% faster.
The question is: how do you tap into that 2%, so you can perform at a level higher than before? The researchers conclude that the deceptive methods used in the study could be replicated under the guidance of a good coach. (They admit this method is risky.)
In my opinion, deception should only be used once. Do it once to prove this 2% exists. Then, trust the research, it proves that you can do more than you think, and now your job is to find it out how to get it out of you. If you need a coach to help you – that’s cool – that’s what we’re here for. However, if you or your coach choose to use deception, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to find it on your own.
Why is finding it yourself so important? Because it’s not going to be the last time you go looking for it. You want to keep pushing yourself to increase your capacity by 2%. Not all the time, because that will cause your mind/muscles to breakdown. 2% may not seem like much, but these baby steps turn into huge gains when done consistently. It’s like compounding interest in a bank account.
If you have to rely on deception, you have to keep finding ways to be tricked. If you have to rely on a coach to push you, then save up, because you’re going to need that coach around all the time. If you can find it on you’re own, then you develop the skill to find it yourself and that makes you even stronger mentally. The ability to find that extra gear (physically or mentally) is one of the traits that separates world class players from the rest.
Giving it 110% was a great idea, it just unrealistic. 102% is doable. So go do it.