Mental Game Mondays #2

This week I want to cover a huge topic:

Your environment.

The way you structure your environment is by far the biggest indicator of how far you’re going to go in poker and life. The people you interact with most will either lift you up toward higher levels of success each day, or push you down into mediocrity.

Case in point:

Two months ago I got hired to work at Poker Detox as their mindset and performance coach.

In his first session with me, one player told me his parents were adamantly against his being a pro, and that they openly told him they hoped he would eventually find something better to do with his life. Wanting to save some money to build his bankroll, he continued living with them after dropping out of school and turning pro, even though he had enough money to rent his own place. He then fell into a habit of hanging out all the time with his old friends from childhood, guys who have no real ambition in life and who want to go out drinking and carousing most nights.

In the next year and a half, he went from a solid winning player to someone who couldn’t even beat small stakes online.

By immersing himself in an environment where the people he was spending all of his time with either openly wanted him to fail or subconsciously wanted him revert back to the smaller version of himself that he once was, he did both––and was completely miserable about his lack of success in the one area of life that matters to him.

On our call, he told me that he had recently moved to another country to get away from all that, and was now living with a friend who shared his goals of succeeding big in poker.

When I heard that, I knew massive success was coming.

I was right.

In the month since that first call, he’s been absolutely crushing his way through the stakes.

You might think that he’s working harder now, or received some new coaching to improve his game, but I can assure you that the only thing that’s changed is his environment. Instead of only spending time with people who want him to fail, he’s now only spending time with those who want him to reach his biggest goals.

He was riding uphill every day, and now he coasts easily toward his goals.

Sometimes the issue is technical, but often it’s as simple as who you surround yourself with. If you want to become the best version of yourself, you’ve got to protect your environment––your inner circle, your mentors, and your relationship with yourself––at all costs. When you have that secured, there’s nothing holding you back from having everything you want.

Until next time,


Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%.

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