As surely as
night follows day, all gamblers have winning systems runs
just as surely as they have losing runs. You know those
winning runs when nothing you do seems to be wrong - you
can even pick the winning number on the school fete chocolate
wheel? Why is that?
Well, in horse
racing a lot of the time it's when you (sometimes accidentally)
push the winning button and when you notice that what you
are doing is right a sufficient number of times to outweigh
when it is wrong, so you keep on banging away at the button
and you get suitably rewarded. This is not because you are
particularly brilliant of mind. In fact you are at about
the same level as a laboratory rat.
laboratory rats and dogs to push buttons for food and when
they discover the magic button the rats and dogs keeping
pushing the same button. The rats and dogs quickly work
out that If you are doing something that leads to success
you will most likely continue to do that. It's not all that
Oh, you feel
a little miffed at being compared to a lab rat? Why? Think
of all the people not as smart as lab rats! They never find
What is the
button for me is not necessarily the button that may work
for you because the button that suits my psychological and
stress level approach to gambling is probably nothing like
what will work for you. My magic button was working out
that backing any horse or dog to do anything at less than
$2.50 (or 6/4 of one and half times to one or however you
want to think about it) was, for me, financial suicide in
the progression method I was using.
And guess what?
I kept pressing that button over and over and over. Despite
being bored. Despite the gambling genie telling me he/she
wanted more excitement and action. I had found my "button"
and am determined to keep pushing it despite all the distractions.
I learned from the laboratory rat, as many other people
are prepared to, which makes them half way smarter than
among us will undoubtedly ask - what could a rat teach me
and keep looking for the magic bullet when it's right there
in front of them the whole time? They spend so much time
looking for the bullet the don't see the shooter!
So what's your
button? Or magic bullet? What if you have pressed it once
or twice but didn't recognise it? You will only ever know
that by taking that most precious commodity, "time",
(way more important than money) to record, review and analyse
all the bets you may have over a decent time period and
actually THINKING about why they were or were not successful.
is far important - and valuable - than the actual gambling
time. And the more time you spend seriously thinking about
what you are doing and trying to achieve and how to get
there, the easier all the rest becomes.
So how do you
allocate your time at the moment? Probably the same as most
Australians do..... and it does depend a little on where
you live. People in metro areas spend a lot more time travelling
than do those of us who don't. In fact here are some figures
from a recent study:
In major cities
people spend about 4 hours and 27 minutes a day engaged
in recreation and leisure.
towns the figure is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
much you could improve your approach to your chosen pastime
if you took just 30 minutes a day out of that average four
and a half hours to actually analyse what you are doing
and why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't - you
could get to be as smart as a laboratory rat.