Originally Posted by shiftizzle2k9
Would you consider yourself to have a more internal or external locus of control.
By this I mean do you believe that your success in life, not just related to poker is more controlled by destiny and fate, or the actions you take on a day to day basis ?
For example, would you avoid obesity by hoping that God hasnt chose you to be a fatty, or by watching what you eat each and every day?
I feel that both of these opinions are considered "normal", however especially for the context of poker it is much more conductive to have an internal locus of control. This is because you believe that your success or failure is a direct result of the effort and skill that you have, rather than forces that you cannot control.
This makes it much more difficult to make an excuse for your poor results for example.
I'm not really sure if this is too relevant or helpful, but I'm studying this at the moment and I thought it was interesting!
Right on. I am studying similar things right now and that is why I am examining this. I really believe that I am at a place right now where I am trying to focus on playing well and developing my skills. I think that these habits are remnants of the past when I felt more tied up to the external locus of control of luck and injustice of the universe (I sort of used to believe that God didn't want me to play poker and that is why I ran bad, now I realize I used to play bad lol).
I really feel like I am at that zen place lately where I really feel like I can play my best, make good decisions and be pretty damn ok with the results no matter what happens (fortunately I have been running hot in 2012 so I haven't had to test this theory too much).
I am asking because I feel like this is a pretty harmless little ritual. I want to know if people feel like it really has a real negative impact on the way I approach the game. I feel I do those little things because they are comfortable and even a little bit fun. Anybody else have rituals?