Back in the saddle tomorrow. It promises to be a busy day, a typical Saturday.
I've been itching to get into it all again. As I said yesterday, I had had no idea that the bets were still being followed. It has taught me that it's ok to let go of the reins sometimes. That doesn't come naturally. I say I like to be in control. Others say I'm sphinctorally (?) retentive.
What has surprised me is that when I learnt that we were still betting, I really wasn't that bothered to find out how it had all been going results-wise. I was more interested in how it had all been working mechanically. Had the bets been spread around the bookies? Were BOG bookies utilised when appropriate? Were the better prices being missed significantly more than was usual?
What does this lack of curiosity over performance levels show? Possibly that I have considerable faith in the services and tipsters that I am following. Taking a step away from it all has definitely shown me that when you're putting the bets on day in and day out, it is so, so easy to become absorbed by the here and now, and more and more difficult to see the bigger picture. It's all very simple to continually bash on about how performance must be viewed over the long term, but not so easy perhaps to put that self-preaching into practice. Being away from the action for a few days has made me realise this, and that is why the performance over the last few days is to my mind, less important than knowing that in my absence things have carried on as normal in terms of the actual placing of the bets.
Last week I mentioned in a post that I intend to simplify things moving forward, and I think perhaps that I ought to explain exactly what I mean by this. When things were going badly earlier this month, I found myself wasting a lot of time and nervous energy agonising over whether or not to drop a service for poor performance. I remember I did a similar thing previously with Sports Investor, and even made the cardinal sin of finally deciding to drop it, being lured back into following for a short period, and then dropping it once and for all. What a palaver!
I also think that when things are not going well, there is a very strong temptation to start meddling and tinkering. This is not good. I am convinced that consistency is key when trying to make money from using various services. Of course, minor adjustments need to be made from time to time, perhaps with staking for example, but generally speaking, consistency of approach is king. Knowing this though doesn't diminish the desire to start changing things when results are not going your way.
So I am going to absolve myself of any responsibilities re. deciding when exactly to drop services. I am going to pass that buck onto others; those with more experience than I. I imagine you realise who and what I'm referring to. And no, not the wife. Not on this one.
Back Sunday. Have a great weekend, chaps.