We all go through flat spots on the punt and the big v (variance) is simply unavoidable. Sometimes, however, the best course of action is to take a betting break.
Part of being a responsible punter is being able to self-assess and review your performance, your processors and your results regularly.
If you fit any of the criteria below, perhaps its time for a break or a change of betting strategy.
1. You’re sweating results more than usual
Sweat the process, not the results. After all, you can’t control the results!
2. You’re no longer enjoying the process
The process and solving the puzzle is the reason most people start out betting.
Something as simple as a basic form system that helped you back your first winner can often ignite the flame.
When you’re no longer enjoying this process and all the one-percenters that go into your betting – you’re more likely to start making bad decisions and cutting corners.
3. You’re betting results mirror your mood in your social life
The working capital mindset is something that we’ve stressed previously.
If your social and personal life is suffering as a result of your betting ledger, you’re either betting too much, not betting with an edge or not betting to a plan.
4. You’re making irrational decisions that you wouldn’t usually make
Overbetting, not following staking plans or betting strategies are all common signs that you’re not thinking clearly and are looking for the easy option.
There are no short-cuts to profit.
5. You attempt to rationalize your bad betting decisions
When you start lying to yourself to defend bad betting decisions it’s absolutely time for a break.
If you can’t honestly make a self-assessment your gambling can spiral out of control quickly.