Every January, the player with the most poker tournament winnings in the world, Daniel Negreanu, writes a blog outlining his goals for the new year and reviewing last year’s goals. It’s a practice every poker player should take up.
Negreanu had a bit of a dud year by his standards. He cashed for a total of $302,452 which is his lowest annual total since 2000. And the Global Poker Index will confirm Negreanu’s lacklustre year. He fell outside of the global top 100 for the first time ever in December, and then dropped below the top 200 just this week!
In review of 2016, Negreanu admits defeat in his goal to cash for $2.5 million, didn’t get to his minimum of 55 tournaments played, didn’t quite hit his 12 cashes, fell way short of the five final tables he hoped for, whiffed the goal of three bracelets, and more missed targets. The one he achieved was to move to third place for all-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) cashes. He’s now in third with 92 cashes behind Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth.
For 2017, Negreanu outlines eight new goals:
- Get $2.5 million in tournament cashes
- Win three more WSOP bracelets
- Bring total WSOP cashes to at least 100
- Hold on to all-time money title
- Win WSOP Player of the Year
- Make the WSOP Main Event final table
- Come out ahead by $250,000 in cash games
- Keep putting out podcasts, vlogs, and social media
The word “resolution” makes us all cringe a little, but goal-setting is a massive contributor to success, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect and start afresh. If you take poker seriously at all, consider establishing your goals for the year.
The clever people over at Mind Tools offer five great tips for setting your goals:
- Set goals that motivate you
- Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound)
- Set goals in writing
- Make an action plan
- Stick with it
Apply these tips to your poker goal-setting like Negreanu and you might find yourself joining his ranks of elite poker players.