Poker and the decision making process.

Sometimes making decisions is like playing poker when you are surrounded by many options with none of them guaranteeing a win. I currently find myself stuck in a sea of options. When I walk down the cereal isle, when I’m trying to pick a seat on the early train, when I pull up to the drive thru window. I’m bombarded with options. No one likes to feel boxed, least of all me, but good grief in these times, sometimes, we have too many dang options. What is one to do? None of us wants to make the “wrong” decision. This is understood. But when you’re faced with many options, and none of these options are anything that you would jump to do, what do you do?

Do you hold out until you see what you really want and suck up the consequences in the meantime?

Do you just make a decision, take an option, even if it doesn’t lead you to where you want to go?

Truth be told, I suck at poker, the options weigh me down and the indecision shows up on my poker face, instantly cracking my icy veneer.

I’m not a gambling girl. I’m the stick in the mud at Vegas holding everyone’s emergency money. I’m the only one who didn’t clap when North Carolina finally got a lottery.

And the one thing I hate more than being boxed in is being indecisive.

This morning I was stuck trying to make a decision between a rock and a hard place. I was paralyzed by the options and turned off by my own apprehension. Finally, after a large coffee and many phone calls I made the decision. And truth be told, actually following through and picking something was a whole lot easier than the thinking about it part.

So what I really want to know is, what is the secret to Poker?

3 comment(s) thus far...:

NaturallyAlise said...

The secret to poker is.... well if I knew I'd be in Vegas getting it in! But seriously, life is not a poker game at all, remember it is spades, about picking partners, bullshitting a little bit, and maximizing shitty hands that life deals.... poker is solo and ALL about the bluff, and we know where that type of thinking gets us...

cary said...

Excellent blog. I really sgree with you.Sometimes making decisions is like playing poker when you are surrounded by many options with none of them guaranteeing a win. Thank you.

Monicarol.Evans said...

I don't know much about poker, but I'm a I'll add my 5 cents to this discussion.


Just do it.

I know its hard, and sometimes we want to get oodles and oodles of information and sometimes we want to opinion of our closest 5 friends, but your heart and gut always knows what right(maybe not in poker, but definitely in life)

Sometimes, we know what we NEED to do, and all the extra info in the world won't change that decision.

So take a deep breath, let it out, and make a decision. Because in my opinion, making NO decision is the work decision of all.

My comment won't make you rich, but it will break down some of those butterflies in your stomach ;-)