You can’t trust yourself. I know it might sound odd to lead a horse betting article with this point, but if you had full trust over yourself, you wouldn’t be reading this guide. The reality is that we all should be careful with how we trust our limits when it comes to gambling. That doesn’t mean that you’re only two steps away from an addiction that you’re going to regret, but it does mean that you’re going to want to really step back and make sure that you know what you’re doing. If you find that you don’t really know when to stop gambling, you do need to step back for a while.
I’m talking about setting money limits for a different reason: so you can keep betting for longer periods of time. That doesn’t mean that you’re worried about developing an addiction to gambling. It just means that you’re in touch with your inner three year old.
You see, as children, we knew that we could devour something quickly, but it meant that we really wouldn’t want to let it go. We wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to enjoy the activities of the day, even if it meant that we would have to eventually leave them behind. Going back to school, or to something our parents wanted just didn’t seem like it was going to be as much fun. Not nearly as much fun. Yet we soldiered on anyway, thinking only about how much fun we’re going to have.
You’re a long way from those carefree childhood days, but you do have to star thinking about the type of life that you want to have within gambling as a whole. Horse betting is fun because you get to watch the races and it has its own community. But you have to stop and ask yourself just how far you really want to go with all of this. If you’re still thinking that you’re not sure, then you might as well set limits now. Why spend money if you’re not fully sure if you’re going to have the experience to go with it?
See, I told you this wouldn’t be the guide you were thinking it was going to be. I just want you to make sure that you’re having a good time, making a little money through forethought and strategy, and did I mention having fun enough? Our lives are so busy, so stressful and so hectic that there’s no doubt in my mind that we need to set the record straight. We need to stop assuming that our world is just going to wait for us to get everything together. We need to focus on more than that — much more than that.
Are you looking at the way everything is supposed to be, or are you just assuming that nothing is the way you want it? Just food for thought, in all honesty. Gambling should feel like entertainment, because that’s what it is. Extend that feeling by setting all of the right boundaries.