As 2015 comes to a close, we look back on the 10 most popular stories of the year on PokerNews Canada. It’s like a “Greatest Hits” album for Canadian poker in 2015. One by one, we count down the top stories of the year until New Year’s Eve.
The ninth most-popular story of the year was one of the first articles we published in 2015. Lyle Bateman wrote a piece about setting goals in poker, relevant to the resolutions popularly made at that time of year.
Canada’s poker superstar, Daniel Negreanu, made his annual poker goals public when he published them on his blog on the first day of the year. We took a look at those goals and examined the benefits of the process.
More than just setting goals, it’s the self-assessment of our progress and analysis of our success and failure that is most valuable. The article breaks down how to engage in effective goal-setting and careful analysis to help you become a better poker player.
Negreanu’s goals for the year included some lofty achievements. He made it his intention to cash for $2 million throughout the year, find 12 cashes including five final tables, win three World Series of Poker bracelets, and more.
If you’re wondering, he cashed 11 times (one short of his goal) including four final tables (also one short). He didn’t win any bracelets, but he did exceed his goal of $2 million in cashes, accumulating just shy of $2.5 million across the year.
The important work comes at looking back on those goals and considering why they weren’t met and what you did for the goals that were met.
Goal-setting is a great topic to get to know more about, and with New Year’s just around the corner, this is a good time to think about the subject.