The "Hahn Library" geocache is just on the other side of this sign in Atlanta.
On Saturday I went 1 for 6 geocaching on the Emory University campus. I should have known right away after I had trouble finding the first two that the others wouldn't be any better.
Today I went back and was 6 for 6, including two that I hadn't found elsewhere in previous visits.
What happened? The first day something wasn't right. Not finding the first few led me to shut down my thinking. If it was hard to find those, it would be impossible to find the others, right?
The next day I found the first two right off the bat. It let me take all of the complex decisions out of finding something that's hidden and with a clear path to my goal, geocaching was made easy.
It also transferred to my poker session after halftime of the Super Bowl. In two spots I was forced with some tricky decisions -- I was raised when three cards to a flush came on the turn. In another hand, my top pair was raised.
But I had confidence built from earlier in the day when six out of six times during an eight-mile run I made the right choice every time.
So it was easy to go with my gut in poker.
Now that won't work in every hand but when you play with high confidence your decision making is a lot easier. You go with what you think. Creeping doubt doesn't set in.
It's like in pro sports when an athlete makes a couple of easy baskets. Then the game opens up.
On the reverse, if you don't get those easy victories off the bat, you might want to shorten the session. Making mistakes initially will snowball as you may continue to wonder why you didn't make the right decision the first time, and it will compound when you are also simultaneously forced to make the right choice in a current hand.