As I write this, it’s December. Soon a new year will be starting. This time of year is a time when a lot of people are thinking about habits and planning to lose some bad ones. I always find it helpful to clear out unnecessary clutter at the end of a year, and greyhound handicapping is no exception.
One of the most important lessons we learn in life is how and when to let go of things that don’t work for us anymore. Unfortunately, human beings have a tendency to hold onto things that don’t work, just because they’re familiar.
I’ve done this with handicapping methods that didn’t work for me, until I smartened up many years ago and found ones that do work. I could have saved myself a lot of aggravation and money if I’d smartened up a little sooner though.
What doesn’t work for you when it comes to greyhound handicapping? Are you still doing things that don’t pay off, just because you’ve “always done it that way?” Do you make the same type of bets because you’ve bet like that forever?
Doing things out of habit can be okay, if it’s a good habit. But if what you’re doing doesn’t accomplish what you want it to anymore – or if it never did – it’s time to lose that losing approach.
Look at your behavior from the time you download or buy a program to the time you leave the track. What is it that you do that isn’t getting you where you want to go?
Do you sit with people who consistently lose and grouse about it so that you’re surrounded by negative vibes? Why not sit somewhere else for a change? Somewhere quiet where you can think and not be affected by all that negative energy.
Do you always bet the double, even though you’re way in the hole over the years? Well, nothing says you can’t stop. Find a better place for the money you used to spend on doubles. Or just save that money instead of betting it on something that doesn’t pay off.
Do you still play the same tracks, even though some of them don’t make you money and never have? All of us have habits and behaviors that we should think about changing or losing, but few of us take the time to really look at what we do. It’s not human nature to let go of things.
I’ll leave you with this interesting fact to mull over though. Put a penny in your right hand and then close your fingers over it, making a fist. Now, with your left hand, drop a dollar on the floor.
Without opening your right hand – the one with the penny in it – pick up the dollar – using only your RIGHT hand. Doesn’t work, does it? You have to let go of the penny before you can pick up the dollar.
Think about that as you examine your handicapping habits, looking for things that might be keeping you from grabbing more money at the dog track. Are you holding on to pennies and missing out on picking up some real money?