There is one hobby I have that, when people find out about
it, I can almost see them rearranging their opinion of me.
They often think this hobby is too competitive or too
manipulative or too non-spiritual or too whatever…
Yes, I play poker. Not only do I play poker, but I
participate in the Poker World Series held every year in Las
Vegas. I am certainly not the best poker player in the
world and I get reminded of that every year, when I don’t
make it into the Top 10% of the tournament. But I am
improving every year and love love love playing.
And best of all, I use it as a personal growth/spiritual
#1 – Let go of attachment to goals and results
The best thing I can do in poker is to have a show down with
someone where I push all my chips in with cards that are
better than those of the person I am playing. Does that
guarantee that I will always win that hand? NO. Sometimes,
somebody can beat me by catching a lucky card or two.
So I’ve created a practice of surrendering control every
time I play poker. I practice doing the best I can to get
into situations where I have the highest likelihood of
succeeding and then I let go of what happens next, knowing
that at that point, it’s out of my control. And if I lose,
I take one deep breath out and with a smile let go of any
residual feelings I have about losing that hand.
It’s an amazing practice. And players around me notice it.
#2 – Be grateful no matter what cards you’re dealt
When I get 2 Aces (best possible cards), I am grateful.
When I get a 7-2 offsuit (worse possible cards), I am grateful.
When I get a Queen-10 (an average set of cards), I am grateful.
When I win a hand I am supposed to win, I am grateful.
When I lose a hand I am supposed to win, I am grateful.
No matter what the circumstances are, the only thing that
remains constant is my state of gratitude.
What I love about these two practices in my poker game, is
that I get to engage in them an average of 30-50 times per
hour, which is the number of hands I get to play each hour.
This training is carrying over for me into my business
You can put yourself in the position to succeed with your
marketing in your business, but you can’t always predict the
You can have an amazing conversation with a potential client
that somehow still doesn’t result you landing a client.
Every day is an opportunity to turn your business into your
How is your business or your hobby a spiritual practice?
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