What Could You Learn From This Up and Coming Poker Star?

My eldest son is studying to be a professional poker player.  (Yes, I was not very happy at first).  Lately he has been having a very bad run.  It looks like he has been sabotaging his game, not that I subscribe at all to the notion of sabotage.

He understands the work I do and asked me a couple of weeks ago for a session of EFT to clear the blocks which were clearly hindering his performance.


He basically knew what he was doing wrong while playing.  He was calling when he should be folding.  That’s card talk for knowing when to throw in the towel because it is obvious that the hand is a losing one.  Even though he was aware that he should be folding, he still kept calling and the results were disastrous.


He assessed the brevity of the situation at 9 out of 10, meaning that it was a very significant problem and he was doing it often.  We quickly tapped it down to a zero and he no longer felt that to be a problem.


We also tapped on ‘I don’t think/believe I’m going to make a living out of this,’ and ‘I don’t concentrate/focus enough when I’m playing.’  Other blocks included,’ ‘When I have a losing session I continue to play badly.’


All of these were cleared to a zero and then we did some tapping on installing positive goals such as what level he wants to attain this week, this year and next year.  He needs to continue to tap on those frequently just as one might repeat affirmations until they are rock solid beliefs.


Today, my son sent me a graph of his playing since the session.  I don’t know much about poker, but I understand the significance of a graph when I see one.  I know that the timeframe is short and the winnings are not high, but the graph indicates a very rapid increase in performance.  He told me on the phone that he has been playing the best he has ever played in his life since the session.


Of course I am thrilled.  I already knew that EFT was the ultimate tool for peak performance and success but actually seeing a graph makes it all the more real.


Well, you might say, how does that apply to me?  I don’t play poker.  Sure, neither do I, but I do understand the power of being ‘in the zone.’  I do understand that when I feel invincible I could sell ice to the eskimos.  (Sorry about the cliché).  I completely get that when my mindset is totally aligned with my goals then I am unstoppable.  I know that when I believe 100% that my goals are achievable, then they are.


My son also learned from the session what he can do if he falters again, and he will, because we all have glass ceilings which need breaking from time to time.  He now has a tool to break through those pesky blocks, and to keep him motivated and to keep his goals working for him.


I am so proud of him.  I have never had a young male as a client.  Most of them simply aren’t ready to either admit to blocks or allow the possibility of being vulnerable enough to make positive changes.


He does know the power of mindset to his game.  Mindset is crucial to all performance based activities, probably none more so than poker because of the high stakes involved.  But it is also crucial to all business success.


The right mindset equals the right results because our thoughts create our reality.


Have another look at the graph.  Imagine your business graph if knew how to take full advantage of this very powerful tool.



Madonna works with MLM’ers and home based business owners to help them develop the mindset required to become a successful solopreneur.

Madonna Robinson is a Personal Development Consultant and Mindset Specialist, a Level 3 EFT Practitioner, trained in Matrix Reimprinting, a certified Life Coach, an NLP Master, holds certificate IV in Small Business Management, Workplace Training and Assessment and TESOL, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and a Diploma of Education.  

She is available for consultations in person or on the phone.  Email madonna@excellerateyou.com for more details or to book an appointment. 


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21 Responses to What Could You Learn From This Up and Coming Poker Star?

  1. Adam Bean April 12, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    You are so spot on with this Madonna…

    “The right mindset equals the right results because our thoughts create our reality”

    Some times you do really need to know when to fold them. It isn’t a matter of failing if you do fold, it’s just a matter of realising that you needed to change direction.

    Cheers Beanie
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    • Madonna April 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Yes, I agree sometimes you do need to fold them. Sometimes what seems like failure indicates that a change of direction is necessary. It’s hard to know always.


  2. Sam Farley April 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    This is great Madonna,
    Really shows they power of true unwavering self belief and the difference a change in thought patterns can make.
    Well done to your son!

    • Madonna April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Sam,

      I’m still amazed every day at the power of changing thoughts even though I have been aware of it for more than 20 years. Sometimes though, i think we believe things intellectually but are not really convinced at a deeper level. When we see tangible results, we get shocked.

      Humans are funny creatures.


  3. Kylie April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I think I need a session! Great to hear that your relationship with your son even as he matures is one where he respects the authenticity and effectiveness of what you do – Good stuff Madonna! xx
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    • Madonna April 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      Hi Kylie,

      Thanks for commenting. No 1 son is like that. No 2 son thinks I’m a new age loony who has abandoned logic.

      Why don’t we have a coffee (seeing as you know the best places) and a chat and you can see for yourself how EFT could benefit you.


  4. Valerie Cuell April 13, 2012 at 12:14 am #


    Despite the fact that your son is not in a career that you would have chosen, you must be very proud that

    1. he takes your advice

    2. that he has overcome his problem by following your guidance.

    Good luck to you both!
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    • Madonna April 13, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Valerie,

      Thanks for that kind comment. I am very proud of him as he is becoming a sensitive and caring young man.


  5. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.
    April 13, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Looks to me that you taught him how to “tap’ dance his way to success!
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    • Madonna April 13, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Roy,

      You have such a way with words. Now I can’t get the image of tap dancing out of my head.


  6. Jayne Kopp April 13, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    HI Madonna, its amazing really how our thoughts control our production.

    I have had some major blocks lately… and whilst I am familiar with EFT I have not used it enough to benefit. I should give it a try!

    Just so you know, my ‘step daughter’ is living with a fellow (they both go to university, he is actually training to be a Lawyer) He is as smart as a whip and plays poker professionally on the side. To date he earns well over the amount he needs to cover is schooling!! Quite impressive isn’t it.

    You have just reinforced that I need to work on clearing my blocks. I’ve had quite a bit going on lately and sometimes you just get worn out and need to re-energize. The alternative is to feel sluggish and do a number on your enthusiasm.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Madonna April 13, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Jayne,

      It’s amazing how this poker thing has taken off. Can’t understand how they play so many games at one on the screen and yet when they’re doing the dishes they have to stop and talk to you. No multitasking there.

      Yes, get into tapping. If you have any questions, just ask. I’d be pleased to help.


  7. Stacy April 13, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Yes, Madonna, our mindset it critical for achieving the success that we want! No matter what it is that we have our eyes on. It makes all the difference! That is a great example – and it sounds like a great son too!
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    • Madonna April 13, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Stacey,

      I’m still surprised though how little real attention is given to mindset. As an ex high school teacher, I tried to teach thinking skills and talked up mindset constantly, but it basically fell on deaf ears. All they ever wanted to know was there ‘going to be a test on this?’

      It will happen eventually and the world will change radically when that happens. I’m looking forward to that.

      Thanks for commenting.


  8. Martha Giffen
    April 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    It’s amazing how “getting clear” about what we want makes all the difference. No matter which technique you use (and I like tapping), it’s all for your higher good, as is evidence in the results your son got. p.s. As the mother of a poker player, I feel your pain! LOL
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    • Madonna April 13, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Martha,

      It seems that everyone has a poker player these days lurking in their family somewhere

      For me getting clear is not the end of it like it seems to be for some people. I can be very clear about what I want bust still not be able to achieve it or do it without clearing. I guess that’s why I do what I do.

      Thanks for commenting. It is much appreciated.


  9. Ben April 15, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Hi Madonna,
    This definately applies to all other areas. Letting go of what is making you not peform how you really want to helps alot in making changes. It’s funny how when you tap things away your mind just opens up to new opportunities and ways of doing things.

    It’s funny you mention him being your only young male client. Because even guys my age (27) rarely are interested in this stuff, most guys I mention it to just go glassy eyed and can’t comprehend it. The most interest i’ve got about EFT is from females. It was the same when I did my Level 1 course, there was nearly all women, there was 1 guy around my age, but he had come there with his girlfriend like he had been dragged along. Other than that with alot of this stuff it is uncommon.

    It is a shame though because it is so powerful and beneficial to do this work!


    • Madonna April 15, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Ben,

      Yes, you obviously stand out from the crowd when it comes to males in your age bracket.

      My son has grown up with me tapping and has always asked for my advice. He is very astute and serious about poker and has carefully studied it, so he sees that it is not always the best players that win, but the ones who have the right mindset.

      It is a shame as you say that more of them don’t get into it, because you and i both know it will change their life.


  10. Carsten Bruns June 28, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Hi Madonna,

    great to see things running good for your son. I can tell you, if he is talented this is only the beginning of more and more huuuge graphs following up. I train poker players professionally over in Germany with a technique called MET which is almost the same as EFT. I stumbled upon your Blog while searching for “EFT and Poker”- your Blogpost is number one over here, congrats! Like to hear more success stories.

    Concerning EFT I can tell its the same over here, mostly women and very few young man use this fabulous technique. Hopefully that changes with more and more success of young people, there is so much potential not only for peak performance but for live as a whole.


    • Madonna June 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi Carsten,

      Your comments made me happy. Sometimes you wonder how many people actually read your blogs.

      I don’t specialise in poker. I only wrote that one to explain how the technique is so useful for peak performance.

      I will have a look at the technique you teach. I am always interested in learning and developing.

      Thanks for commenting.



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