Mental Game Mondays with Jason Su: Timing

My dad is a character.

He’s obsessed with the stock market, and pretty much spends all of his time figuring out which companies are worth investing in––and he’s actually pretty good at it.

His problem:

He gets these impulses, and sometimes he makes a trade that’s so perfect, and at other times it literally would be better if he just had his one year old granddaughter decide what to do.

The difference?

In certain moments, when he’s actually tuned in to the moment, fully relaxed and letting his subconscious do the heavy lifting, aka in “the zone,” it tends to go quite well.

But when he’s running on fear, adrenaline, and projection, it all goes to shit.

And the real problem:

The voices that come from a spark of impulse, creativity, and flow sound an awful lot like the voices that come from fear to the untrained eye.

Same person, same knowledge, completely different results.

Any of this sound familiar?

It should, because it’s the basis of why we sometimes make the most amazing plays of our lives at the poker table, yet half an hour later can follow that up with the most jaw-droppingly idiotic move we’ve ever made.

The way I see it, our sole job at the table is to learn how to differentiate between those two voices, so that we can really follow the voice that’s in flow, and ignore the one based out of fear.
The best players learn to say yes and no to these voices more often than the rest.

Practice and fine tune this skill, and enjoy the money that comes with it.

Till next time,


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