Your subconscious mind wants you to believe that the future is the SAME as the past. And because of this, many people allow their subconscious mind to have nearly full reins over their conscious mind.
THEY REPEAT PAST EVENTS AND GET PAST RESULTS.
This mechanism in your subconscious mind is there for a reason.
IT’S DESIGNED TO PROTECT YOU.
Imagine if this wasn’t the case. You would have a difficult time becoming adept at anything. Every time you drove a car, you would need to remember if the right pedal or the left pedal was the gas. These things happen on the subconscious level, because your subconscious mind has assumed that the pedals are the same as they were the last time.
If this didn’t happen you’d have to decide which pedal to use every time you drove a car, which would likely cause an accident eventually when you were forced to make a quick decision.
In other words, our subconscious mind is good at remembering past events to predict future ones. This predictive tool is built into our mind as a way to protect us.
BUT, there are two sides to every coin. Just like in engineering, there are always tradeoffs to every design.
This predictive tool in our mind,
LETS CALL IT PREDICTIVE PROGRAMMING,
can make it incredibly difficult to overcome past events in our lives.
Maybe when you were young, someone told you, you weren’t good enough. Or maybe you keep making the final tables of poker tournaments, but always come up short at the end, and bust out in 3rd or 4th place.
If you don’t change the frequency of these energies, and clean up your mental weeds, predictive programming will manifest itself in subtle ways that oftentimes are unnoticed by the conscious mind.
How do you change the energy frequency of memories and past events? That’s a subject of a different article. I want to stay focused on the past and future, and how that applies to playing poker.
If you noticed, in the title I said, the future CAN be different than the past and not these two other ways of saying it.
- The Future is NOT the Past
- The Future is different than the past
In case one, it’s important to realize that NOT has no meaning to the subconscious mind. So when you say the future is NOT the past, you are telling your subconscious mind that the future IS the past.
As much as possible, in your self talk, reading, and daily life, frame things in the:
- First Person
- Present Tense
In case two, the reason I chose the word CAN rather than IS, in the statement, “The future can be different than the past,” is simply because some people may be happy where things are, and so I want to avoid forcing my client to change something they are happy with. With the word “Can” I allow the flexibility of the future to be either
DIFFERENT OR THE SAME.
Yet, most people want to change things for the better. They want their monthly income to grow, or they want to buy a bigger house, or they want fancy things. I don’t judge what others want, everyone is on their own path.
For me what I’ve discovered is material things don’t make me happy, for me it’s all about memories rather than owning things. We don’t take our belongings with us when we leave this planet, but we do take our memories. We take our memories in the way that we remember them. Meaning memories don’t exist, but how we perceive them does. Change how you perceive your memories and you can literally change your past.
Getting back to the subconscious mind.
AVOID NEGATIVE AFFIRMATIONS OR STATEMENTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
Some of these can appear in music, TV or even from friends. There’s no way to eliminate them completely, the goal is to at least know the difference and avoid them as much as possible. If you do take the time to become a master of your mind, you’ll realize that these start to have less and less of an impact as time goes on.
It’s taken me 5+ years of deep study under multiple masters, including 5 years of study under a yogic master to reach the level that I’m currently at, and I’m still learning. I’ve spent mid 5-figures on my mental training, and I’m glad for every dollar I’ve spent. It’s come back multiplied. Nothing great happens fast.
How does all of this apply to poker? Let’s go back to the poker tournament situation. Let’s say the last 5 times you were at a final table of a big tournament you ended up busting just before a big payout increase. And you didn’t win any of them. This could be due to subtle predictive programming occuring in your subconscious mind.
IT’S THERE TO PROTECT YOU. IT’S THERE TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING IN A CAR ACCIDENT. BUT IT’S ALSO THERE TO PREVENT YOUR SUCCESS AT THE POKER TABLE.
This predictive programming can manifest in many ways such as
- There’s a good bluffing opportunity, and you know your opponent is weak, but the last time you bluffed in a similar situation against a similar opponent, they got lucky on the river and you got eliminated from the tournament. So you fail to make the bluff, and your chip stack starts a downward spiral from there. Eventually you are forced to make a bad play because you’re low on chips and get eliminated.
- You know your opponent is bluffing on the river with a check raise, but you are in 4th place and really want to make the top 3. And you’re afraid of the 5% chance that he isn’t bluffing, so you fold and he shows you the bluff. Two hands later you go out in 4th place anyway, by getting coolered with AA < KK.
- After losing ½ your stack to a really bad river play, you go on TILT and lose the other ½ of your stack on the next hand and go bust.
CLEARING UP YOUR MENTAL WEEDS ON AN ONGOING BASIS WILL HELP PREVENT THESE SCENARIOS FROM OCCURRING.
In addition, there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. If you fail to clear up your poker confidence issues, you may continue to get sub-optimal results, because of subconscious predictive programming.
As you become a master of your mind, you can use it as a tool, rather than allowing it to have full reins over your life. You can use the predictive programming when it’s needed like when driving a car, and ditch it when it’s not.
Conrad is a poker mindset coach & hypnotist. He has been traveling the world mentoring others since 2016, to help them unlock their true potential.