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A poker player or a samurai? Both.

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Tilting is the manifested frustration generated from the gap between your expectations and reality.

It’s obvious and we both know that. It kills your A-game and it s*cks. 😤

It was a combination of preparation, intent, and letting go.

Let’s take a closer look together at one of their most intriguing inner game practices that I believe can be useful to you to maintain your A-game.

  • It helps the samurai to create a mental picture of the worst-case scenario, prepare himself for it, and thus eliminates anxiety and fear
  • It allows him to fully give himself to his mission without concern for survival
  • It removes the illusion that he could control the outcome of the battle and clears his mind
  • When he accepts that defeat is a plausible outcome, he becomes deeply relaxed and he is able to engage fully in the battle without any distraction
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Here is how you can include this samurai mental exercise in your poker routine:

  1. Grab a piece of paper or open a note on your computer.
  2. Write down the worst situations that can happen during this upcoming poker session — to lose a huge amount of money, to lose every single hand that day, to have all your accounts blocked, etc. Imagine such a devastating situation that can even cause you to quit the game forever. Stretch your mind — the worst situations you come up with, the better. Think about all the extremely bad possibilities and write them down.
  3. Take a good look at the list and read it out loud if you want.
  4. Now take a deep breath and observe your thoughts and inner state. Turn on your inner vision and activate your awareness.
  5. With every breath you take slowly develop that inner peace with every negative outcome from the list — try to see yourself in those awful situations and remain neutral, just observe, be present, work on your deep acceptance, realize deeply that your mind and spirit are stronger and you can overcome even the worse things in life. See yourself in a place beyond the judgment of what is fair/unfair and right/wrong. Embrace all the outcomes and accept that defeat and loss are plausible outcomes too.
  6. The goal of this exercise is to help you reach the neutral point where you are no longer emotionally attached to the outcomes from your session. Therefore take your time and observe your inner state and emotions until you reach that point. It feels like a deep state of peace and calmness and even a subtle feeling of enjoyment and inner lightness. The only indicator that you have reached that point is your self-awareness, so remain alerted and observe.

Do you want to have a competitive advantage? Do that inner work.

The samurai can be considered as an archetype of the inner hero that we all have. We all enter into our own battles and we can either approach them as just regular events or we can add a flavor of epicness and deeper meaning. After all, we can all choose to live our lives from a more profound place in our minds and souls and I believe this will enhance our life experience and make it more intriguing and meaningful.



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Karina Karagaeva / Mindset Designer

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