One of the more elusive aspects of advancing your poker game deals with staying calm while making your decisions. Too often players are willing to let their emotions ride along with the ebb and flow of the poker game. When you're playing you need to consciously make a point to stay off ‘the emotional roller coaster'.
In a mathematically brutal game such as US online poker, to be caught up on the wins and losses day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute, is a surefire way of holding back your progression as a player. Especially when playing live poker, watching the way people react to winning and losing hands is often a useful tell in regards to their poker experience and maturity (or lack thereof).
Ari and I are very quick to remind our students that doing the little things right and having a sound foundation will allow you to become an advanced player. Having a good handle on your emotions will not only help you beat your competition now, it will provide you the psychological comfort of being able to play for a long period of time without getting burned out.
It's necessary for you to keep your emotions out of the game if you truly want to become one of the best players in the world. Nobody's perfect, and we can all improve our games in many ways. This week make a point to stay off of the emotional roller coaster, and focus on making the correct decisions.