How Does Gambling Destroy Your Mental Focus?
If you want to become a more disciplined thinker, you have to know where your power comes from. It does not come from either people or circumstances. In fact, it does not even come from outside of you. Your personal power to turn ideas into reality comes from within. It all flows from your ability to make choices. Wait, everybody can do that, can’t they? So what makes your personal ability to choose any different?
Following through. That’s right. You can go through the motions choosing one option over another but if you don’t follow through, you will not gain anything. It’s as if you never made that choice in the first place. Like a lot of people, you’d be sitting back hoping and wishing for a better life. You would feel stuck, guilty, and frustrated, thinking that your best days are behind you.
That is no way to live. You know it. Everybody knows it. Unfortunately, too many people eagerly make excuses to not follow through. This is why it’s really important to avoid activities that erode, weaken or destroy mental focus. Make no mistake, you will need mental focus to follow through. Anybody can make a plan. Anybody can set up a goal but very few people can actually put one foot in front of the other in pursuit of that goal. It doesn’t matter what side of the bed they woke up on.
It doesn’t matter what other people say or feel. They keep at it day after day. They keep on keeping on. This is how you can distinguish a winner from a loser. Losers stick around and make excuses. They tell comfortable lies to each other.
On the other hand, winners face reality head on and spit at it. They make reality bend to their will. I know this sounds harsh and in the eyes of many people, it might even sound uncomfortable because it forces them to man up. It forces them to stare at their fears and understand that behind that fear is a shadow, only to find there is nothing behind that shadow.
And unfortunately, most people are unable to get to that point because they engage in all sorts of habits that destroy their mental focus. Gambling is one of those. When you gamble, you’re hoping that the cards will line up a certain way, and the dice will roll in the right direction that will win you a lot of money. Bottom line is, you’re not working towards earning the reality that you want for yourself. Instead, you are appealing to some sort of force that you can’t explain. A force that is far bigger than you and outside of you. You hope that this force you want to call Lady Fortune, will smile upon you.
That’s like trying to solve a problem by chewing gum. That’s not going to work. You have absolutely no control over the outcome that you prefer. You have to understand that what was true yesterday is still true today. And it will carry on into the future.
What is this truth that I’m talking about? Hard work. Yes, you heard it right. If you want your ideas to become reality, you have to work at them. You have to roll up your sleeves. You have to experience pain and discomfort to make that happen. Sacrifice. Commitment. Duty. Honor.
You need those virtues to succeed in your goal. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to resort to the shortcut. The shortcut is, you just roll the dice. And despite all the odds, you realize your dreams. Well, that only happens once in a while. In fact, the chances of that happening are far more remote than you being hit by a lightning. Gambling destroys your mental focus. You’re better off doing something else.