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Re-Frame, Re-Focus and Play Poker!

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Re-Frame, Re-Focus and Play Poker!

Do you often find yourself caught in the daily grind of your business, unable to do what you feel you should be doing? Do you find it hard to focus on what you’re doing or when you sit down to do it you feel overwhelmed or like you just can’t? Well you are not alone!

Business owners, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, whatever title you have, please understand that business is all about the strategy. And that my friends is why I LOVE the game of POKER!

Yes, poker the card game. It’s one of the only card games of strategy, because when you play poker you are not only playing the house, but you are playing your opponents as well. It’s extremely strategic. To consistently win at poker a player will combine many different concepts to create their own unique strategy; much like the way a chef creates their own unique dish, infusing flavours to make it their signature.

In poker there are many different terms with in the game that players need to understand, for example, the bank, the pot, a stud, a street, a rainbow, the kitty, the list goes on. However, one term I really like is “Tilt” or some call it “On Tilt

“Tilt is a poker term for a state of mental or emotional confusion or frustration which a player adopts a less than optimal strategy, usually resulting in the player becoming over-aggressive. This term is closely associated with steam and some consider the terms equivalent, but ‘steam’ typically carries more anger and intensity. Placing an opponent on tilt or dealing with being on tilt oneself is an important aspect of poker. It is a relatively frequent occurrence due to frustration, animosity against other players, or simply bad luck. Experienced players recommend learning to recognize that one is experiencing tilt and avoid allowing it to influence one’s play.” – Wikipedia

So let me ask you, “Have you ever felt on tilt in your business?” Off your game, unable to do what you want to do?

I was once told a story of a high stakes pokers player a lady, who’s name a can’t recall. She was off her game, totally on tilt, and to regain her focus she pulled out her Nintendo game and started playing. This was how she would zone out and find her focus again. As you could imagine this totally put the opponents into a confused state and could have quite possibly put them on tilt. Concept or strategy, I’ll let you decide!

Re-Frame & Re-Focus

There are multitudes of different ways to re-frame and re-focus, but there is not a one size fits all approach. What works for you might not work for someone else; you need to find your solace just like the poker player… if Nintendo is your thing!

Here is a list of ideas to help you de-clutter your mind and assist in getting you into flow, or in poker terms, back in the game:

  1. Create a task list so you know here to start – Check out Trello it’s an easy to use online version of a whiteboard it will never overwhelm you with features you won’t use. For those who want more out of their Trello boards; you can share it with you team, plus there are Power-Ups like calendar, card aging, and voting, that you can turn on. It’s a way to offer more without cluttering things for everyone.
  2. Meditation – Try Starting with start with 10 mins every morning before you start your day. A great app to download for busy people is called Calm. The app features 7-31 day programmes to help form mediation as a habit in your daily routine.
  3. Get out of the office & go for a walk – Pop your sneakers in your car, or bag (if you travel to work via public transport) get out and breathe in the fresh air. Even 10 mins will make a difference.
  4. Ask for help – Understand you are never alone, ask a friend or colleague to assist you, grab a coffee talk it over.
  5. Engage a Mentor or Coach – Seek out a professional, someone that has walked the path before you. The benefit of working with a Mentor is that you are paying them for their professional advice (not their opinions) A professional, can give your ideas, solutions, and keep you accountable to your time lines and outcomes.
  6. Switch off all distractions – Yes I mean switch off your social media, close all the tabs on your internet browser and even switch off your phone! This can be really hard for some people to do but start out by switching everything off for 5 minutes a day in week one, then 10 minutes a day in week two. You’ll be surprised at how much clarity you will have and how much you can achieve in just a shot amount of time.

The journey of business for all of us is challenging and not always as we envisage. There are times that are extremely satisfying and rewarding; then there are the times of confusion and being “On Tilt”. But, recognising where you struggle and where you need to look at things with fresh eyes can make all the difference.

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