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Mental Game & Life Strategy

The ability to set goals and the discipline it takes to achieve those goals without letting the rest of your life suffer are two of the most important things you need to master in order to improve as a poker player and begin getting serious about becoming a pro. One of the best parts of playing poker is getting out into the real world, playing in person, meeting new people and going on crazy adventures. This is also the riskiest part of the game because it takes you away from your comfort zone, and leaves you playing without your safety net. The solid footing of any healthy lifestyle depends balance and control, and a thriving poker lifestyle is no exception. Set realistic goals and learn to govern yourself so that you’re always working towards achieving your goals without letting the other, more glamorous things hinder your success. 

Table strategy is great to know, but you'll also need to understand how to manage yourself off the table to maximize your edge - and here’s where things get personal. I invite you to keep up-to date on my life and times as a poker player, and learn from my experiences so that you can learn from my triumphs and avoid my mistakes.  Any pro poker player will tell you your  mind is your most powerful weapon. Sharpen it, nurture it, rest it and give it peace so you can take to the tables - and your life - with killer confidence. 

Making 2016 THE Year (2015 Year in Review)

Evan Jarvis

Making a New Year's resolution can be an incredibly powerful act - and not always in a positive way. Sure, we usually start off strong, but change is freakin' hard, and we often find ourselves throwing in the towel weeks or even days into the New Year. 

As you may have gathered, I'm not much of a fan of New Year's resolutions in the traditional sense. They smack of self-fulfilling prophetic doom. We're setting ourselves up for failure, not because we shouldn't change and always strive to better ourselves, but because the way we think about making these changes needs to...well, change.

As my New Year's gift to you, I want to give you a handful of easy and effective strategies that you can use to make meaningful, realistic changes to your life (and, of course, your game).

1. Be Grateful. I mean truly grateful. You've just survived a season that is - for better or worse - largely rooted in getting shit and abject gluttony. Begin each day by thinking about what you are grateful for. This will start your day with a positive spin - and the more positivity you put out there, the more you'll get back. You reap what you sow, my friends.

2. Plan the Day. Each day, set your intentions. This is a damned powerful way to reinforce your goals and help keep you focused and mindful.

3. Stray as Needed. You know how I just said you should plan your day? Well, don't be afraid to unplan, if needed. The goal is to do what is right for you, and what promotes the most joy. If what you planned for the day isn't going to pan out, don't make yourself miserable. Try a different path and move on. Happiness is the main objective.

4. Happiness Rules. I'll say it again: happiness is the main objective. If you're not happy, you're not thriving, and if you're not thriving, you're not operating to your full potential. Nothing is going to get done if you're half-assing life, so don't be afraid to put yourself first. Everything will fall into place when you take care of you. 

5. Take Down the Walls. Stop being resistant to new experiences. There is only so much we can change in life, and when we stop obsessing over things we have no control over, existence becomes much easier. Sometimes, the only thing we can control is how we react to change, and when we let down our walls and keep our minds open, you’ll see you get more out of life.

Listen, we don’t get a dress rehearsal for life: this is it, and this is why making the most out of every moment and every opportunity is key to your happiness, success and peace – and that’s precisely what I wish for you this year: happiness, success and peace, on and off the tables.

Bring on 2016!