Finding Your A-Game: The Internal Opponent

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In the fifth video of his series "Finding Your A-Game" Erik Stenqvist shows you a way to work on negative thought and emotional patterns by taking on "Your internal Opponent".

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  • Boomer2k10

    #1

    Please enjoy Erik's latest Video in the Finding Your A-Game Series

    Any Questions or comments please leave below for Erik
  • DonkeyDirk

    #2

    Yet again very good video from Erik :)
  • Robegood

    #3

    Great concepts, the internal opponent is the first one to be defeated..
  • ErikStenqvist

    #4

    #1&2 Thanks guys. The internal opponent is imo the biggest distraction that keeps us from playing our a-game. Glad that it's helping. Keep up the good work :)
  • retic

    #5

    great vid again. all ur things are great btw. since the bootcamp i´ve really made a huge improvement in my mental game. thx
  • cram

    #6

    Great Series - I really enjoy it!
    Would it be possibe that you make a vid about a Cool-Down routine as well?
  • ElgoBomb

    #7

    #1&2 +1
  • tolari

    #8

    very helpful!
  • ErikStenqvist

    #9

    #5 Thanks a lot, happy to hear that it's helping you. Hopefully it's even better now! :)

    #6 Great! :) Yes a cool down or post session routine will be covered in the series. Not sure which part yet but it will be in there for sure.

    #7/8 Cheers guys! :)
  • Euphoriatastisch

    #10

    loved that - is he a fish? no, he is a player.

    Erik's videos help me alot thanks for this
  • martinemem

    #11

    Its kinda funny how the corresponds so good to how i react, and this is really helpful and good. Also covers some of my 90% finishes, thinking its "good enough" is the IO that is isolating.

    Already wrote 2 papers full of notes, thank you for the video erik!

    Without beeing too dramatic, i think i can claim that the skizo part of profiling the IO is a very natural and healthy way to 'minimize' the outcome of the IO income, if that even makes sense.

    Cant wait to see the last 18 min of it!

    very nice video so far
  • martinemem

    #12

    If i could edit my comment, this would be what i would have edited:

    Taken notes from the video, seen it closely and repeatedly taken notes. Some i can agree to, some i agree less to. But bottom line is, i get impressed everytime a new video comes up, just when i thought there wasnt anymore to learn about tilt, here it comes.

    Again great video :D
  • LooserSR

    #13

    i liked this serie, great job :)
  • ETBrooD

    #14

    Very good introduction to the inner game. I like to say "I'm my own worst enemy", which is proving to be right again and again everywhere in life.

    I think being able to laugh about myself is one of the best ways to handle my inner opponent. The situation becomes harmless in my eyes, and the angry version of myself can't possibly continue being angry, because sincere joy and anger cannot co-exist. The inner opponent is forced to wait until I am in a serious mode, only then am I vulnerable to his assaults.

    At times I am an overly serious person, so I like to surround myself with playful, fun people.
    Introducing humor into my everyday life like this is helping a lot. Making fun of myself (in a playful way, not being mean of course) becomes an ability and is one of my main tools to winning my inner game.
  • FlyingDutchm1n

    #15

    Hi Erik, thank you so much for this video just found out about this series yesterday. I think it is so cool to discover this, as I think the inner opponent plays a role in all facets of life of poker and non-poker players and I am always very excited when I grow as a poker player which as a mirroring result, also allows me to grow as a person (and vice versa). My question for you is if you think the ultimate (dynamic) "state" is for you and your internal opponent? Do you think you must defeat/destroy him (which I personally don't), do you think it is supposed to be kind of like a struggle for balance between you and your internal opponent which can at one point in life mean that your internal opponent can become a positive force instead of a negative one, or do you think your internal opponent is negative per se/per definition no matter how you approach it? My last question is, do you consider the words "internal demon" (as mentioned in some philosophies) and "internal dragon" (martial art philosophy) to be synonymous with the "internal opponent" and if so/not, why/why not? Thank you for your time Erik and once again for your great videos.
  • FlyingDutchm1n

    #16

    Hi Erik, thank you so much for this video just found out about this series yesterday. I think it is so cool to discover this, as I think the inner opponent plays a role in all facets of life of poker and non-poker players and I am always very excited when I grow as a poker player which as a mirroring result, also allows me to grow as a person (and vice versa). My question for you is if you think the ultimate "state" is for you and your internal opponent? Do you think you must defeat/destroy him (which I personally don't), do you think it is supposed to be kind of like a struggle for balance between you and your internal opponent which can at one point in life mean that your internal opponent can become a positive force instead of a negative one, or do you think your internal opponent is negative per se/per definition no matter how you approach it? My last question is, do you consider the words "internal demon" (as mentioned in some philosophies) and "internal dragon" (martial art philosophy) to be synonymous with the "internal opponent" and if so/not, why/why not? Thank you for your time Erik and for your great videos.
  • baadnewz01

    #17

    good job as usual this series very helpful for me thx!