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Healthy Hobby Goals. YGO, Poker, and Chess

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Hello everyone, I love mind sports and I get a thrill off of competing. I wanted to share a list of goals I have for my 3 hobbies listed above in the title. I’m hoping someone can benefit from the mindset I’m presenting in my goals. I’m just happy to vent.


I wish I could stick to just one hobby but it’s impossible for me to do such a thing. I realized it was stressful on me when I would focus more on Prestige in hobbies rather than fun. Yugioh for me is a great hobby, but it lacks prestige. If I win a Yugioh tournament I would feel nothing. But the game is indeed very fun in numerous ways. Deck building and gameplay, nostalgia.

Poker for me is fun now that know how to play the flop really good. Poker has lots of prestige but it should be motivated by fun and not pressure to make money. Chess is the least fun for me but it has the most prestige in my mind. It’s the hardest game in the world, with probably 200 years of theory and study. The competition is deep. For me personally when I play chess I fantasize about being a boxer. This was my dream before I severely injured my foot. Chess is literally the closest thing to boxing that I could play. 


So how in in the world could I make time for all three hobbies? on top of pursuing a degree online. I’m glad you asked.


To make time for all 3 hobbies I had to humble myself and not seek prestige over fun. So here are my healthy goals for YGO, Chess and Poker. For 2019


1. For Yugioh my goal is to become the perfect BA player.


I don’t care about winning tournaments in Yugioh, I just care about piloting this deck perfectly. This is not a stressful goal at all. Also I think Burning Abyss deck will get a new link card that will make sure the deck stays relevant for atleast 1 year. If the timing is right I might can compete in a YGO event with BA before 2019 is over.


2. For Poker my goal is not success but only to improve my game while continuing to have fun.


When I graduate from Seminary School and buy my first house, I hope to be able to travel regularly to play in Bracelet events for fun. I don’t care about the money, I just want to get a thrill from competing. This is a long term goal. But for now the only goal is to improve my game.


For Chess my goal is to play without fear while increasing my Elo rating. Use my childlike imagination and Also improving my game as well. I’m content with being a Class C player for now. Getting to 1800 Elo is a minimal pressure goal for 2019.


I’m so happy that I lowered my stress by choosing fun over prestige. Prestige is important but fun is most important. Please don’t fall into a trap of starting a hobby that you know full well that you don’t enjoy. If you liked what you read please leave a comment.

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I think aiming to be 'the best X-deck player' is a good idea tbh. It's the perfect option select for your ego.


Win? I beat them with my deck I had faith in


Lose? I lost because my deck wasn't up to scratch


It's like playing low-mid tier characters in fighting games. I do it a lot in melee where I'll play a low tier for tournaments. Otherwise I just get frustrated.

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