Do you have a gambling problem? Is your life falling apart as a result of your gambling? Well before you can ever get help for your problem, you must first admit to yourself that you have a problem Many people are in denial over their gambling addiction. They may say to themselves “Oh.. it is not that bad”.. or “I work so hard all week and I deserve to have a little fun!”These are different aspects of denial that can truly stop you from getting the help for your gambling problem that you need and deserve. You may not want to admit to yourself how much of a negative effect that gambling is having in your life because your gambling behavior is filling a void in your life such as loneliness or boredom. Another problem is that once gambling is stopped, all of your emotions and feeling return and sometimes this can be unbearable. It is therefore easier to stay in that state of denial because it is numbing, and you will not really feel that emotional pain underneath the addiction. Some of the flagship signs of a compulsive gambling problem are as follows:1. Gambling to escape trouble or pain.
2. Gambling for much longer than you expected or staying overnight at the casino.
3. Increasing debts as a result of your gambling habit or addiction.
4. Lying and stealing as a result of your gambling addiction.
5. A feeling of being out of control when gambling.
6. Feeling “high” when you are gambling as though you are in a dream world.
7. You stop taking care of yourself as a result of your gambling behavior.These are just a few signs that you may have a gambling problem. The best thing you can to is to be honest with yourself and admit that your life has gotten totally out of control as a result of your gambling.Michelle Tee
Gambling is a massive industry and even in times of a worldwide economic recession, bookmakers continue to prosper. The reason for this is because the majority of gamblers do not follow simple rules, lack discipline and are unable to control their emotions. Its not easy but by following some simple guidelines you can turn yourself from a loser funding the bookmakers into a successful gambler.1 – Create a sensibly funded separate betting bankGambling is a pastime which, if not treated seriously can lead to massive debts and losses. So the first rule is to ensure you bet with what you can afford. If you initially set aside an amount, which if lost is not going to cause any major concern, you are immediately removing the stress. You can treat this bank in the same manner you would money you had set aside for social activities or personal treats – there is one key difference though, you may well see a return!Also as part of this step break your bank into betting points. As an example if you had a bank of 500 you could create 500 points and state 1 point will be placed on bronze confidence bets, 3 on silver and 5 on gold. Alternatively you may prefer a percentage of the bank. Both ways are fine, once you have a clear, sensible and controlled banking structure which will only run out if you fail over a long period of time.Finally as part of this step you must know realistically what you define as successful. If you have a betting bank of 500, it is not going to grow into a million overnight. Realism and sensible goals are vital.2 – Keep recordsIf you are going to take gambling seriously, you must act in an efficient and controlled manner. The first key element in doing so is to ensure you keep full records of every single bet you place. A simple spreadsheet will do the job perfectly. Excel is of course ideal for this type of activity and offers massive ways of breaking down your data for you to see where you are going right or wrong. You can create headings and columns as you see fit but its recommended you have at least the following -Date – the date of the bet being placed
Selection – what you are betting on
Amount – how much you are betting
Odds – the odds you have been given
Categorisation – the type of bet, for example a system name or a categorised description
Profit/Loss – your overall return
Comments – notes for future analysis 3 – StudyUnless you are lucky enough to be friends with someone on the inside then relying on other peoples word or a so called tip is basically just guessing. The rule of study means every time you go to type in a bet to your spreadsheet you have justification and a sure sense of why the bet is being placed. If you are unable to study the statistics/conditions and categorically know you are placing a bet for the right reasons, you should not be betting in the first place.It is not acceptable and will lead to failure if your bets are not being based on thorough study of the betting event you are investigating. The rule of study is absolutely and categorically vital – it means sourcing appropriate materials, ensuring you understand the results and allowing enough time to really get to grips with your findings. To summarise, without studying you are guessing and will lose in the long-term.4 – Know your odds and get the valueNo matter what gambling selection you make, there must be a price associated with it you consider to be worthwhile. This is no different to going shopping – you know what you want to buy and what its worth, if the item is not as good value as you believe it should be, you wont buy it. The same rule applies here, if you are not able to get the odds you have set out for, then you do not back it. Ever!Deciding on what the correct odds should be is of course an art in itself but something you must master in order to be successful at gambling. To summarise the rule – if you do not know if the odds are good or not how can you possibly add it to your betting spreadsheet with confidence?5 – Hunt for the best oddsCall it penny-pinching if you wish, but the difference between 1/2 and 4/9 is massive in the context of a successful gambler. There are now plenty of resources to compare all prices available and the laziness of just backing with the same firm or your local betting shop for ease will not do if you wish to succeed at gambling. Now that you have identified a bet to place and seen you like the odds available, you must see the benefits of taking this extra time to get the best price available.Check betting exchanges, online bookmakers and as many places you can possibly think of. There is no harm opening up several bookmakers accounts if needs be, plenty of them will give you free bets as an incentive and in the process create an extra way of funding your betting account!6 – Trust your studyIt is human nature to doubt ourselves, but if you have successfully followed rule 3 (study) then you should be extremely confident your betting selection is sound and justified. There are so many seeds of doubt happy to creep into your thoughts – providing you have studied correctly then ignore them. Just because your newspaper tipster discounts the selections chances or the odds are far higher than you expected does not mean your study was wrong. In fact it is at times like these when you will prosper most. As everyone else follows the crowd you will know, win or lose, your strategy is superior and in the long-term you will succeed at gambling whereas the majority of others will fail.7 – Keep your disciplineWithout this rule you are back to square one and will lose. Therefore keeping your discipline means accepting all of the following points and never changing your strategy.You will have losing days, runs and weeks
Luck evens itself out
You never gamble just for fun, based on a hunch or without study/justification/reasoning
Many occasions your rules will stop you from betting even when you strongly fancy something 8 – Learn from your mistakesThe massive benefits of your Excel record of all bets placed is the manipulation you now have over your gambling spreadsheet. Not every strategy you follow will be successful, none will last forever and some will just not be worth the time involved. Get rid of them, learn where you went wrong and do not do it again. Never be too proud or stubborn to accept you have gone wrong somewhere along the line. If you are you will lose.9 – Keep your mouth shutLet me make one thing clear first, this rule only applies to followers of all the other rules. If you are gambling like a madman and losing money you can not afford to then i suggest the opposite, shout it as loud as you can and seek immediate help. Gamblers anonymous is surely a good place to start.For rule followers – nobody likes a bighead is the first thing to say, however more importantly if you are in any way successful others are going to follow what you say. By shouting out from the rooftops what you are gambling on, others are going to follow suit and this will lead to reduced prices. Additionally complications can arise from waffling on about your betting portfolio, basically most people do not understand gambling can be the work of an intelligent, studied and controlled process.If your successfully gambling and moving in the right direction be content to yourself at how things are working out. Your ego should not need further boosting.SummaryIt is difficult to be successful at gambling but it can be done by following a controlled and structured strategy. With the internet at our fingertips there are so many fantastic resources available to assist us in our studies and providing you follow a basic set of rules and guidelines there is absolutely no reason why can not be successful with your gambling.
As many of you know, my journey down the organizing road started with my son. My constant search to find ways to untangle his school world led me to uncover many tools available on the technology systems he uses every day. Who knew that his iPad and iTouch would become his constant companions! iPad AppsMore and more schools are allowing students to use their iPads and iPod Touches in the classrooms, and therefore these types of educational applications are growing by leaps and bounds. For students with special needs specifically, check out iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apps for Special Education, a list compiled by assistive technology specialists and broken down by category such as math, writing, art, etc. These apps are truly life changing for the special needs student.Also be sure to check out “The iPad: a Near-Miracle for My Son with Autism”. Written from a mother’s perspective about her autistic son’s use of assistive technology and educational apps. She offers great suggestions and even videos of her son using various apps.There are also many apps available to middle and high school students on their iPads that help make learning interactive and engaging. The Elements(exploring the Periodic Table), and Alien Equation(games that teach math skills), are just some of the apps that students might enjoy.There are so many new educational apps appearing every day that it would be prudent to check out reviews first, particularly ones that teachers have put their stamp of approval on. I Education Apps Review has a collection that should help you get started.Cell Phone Apps For Students with ADHDI spend a lot of my time working with high school students to assist them with paper and time management skills. The learning has really been a two-way process as my students are always sharing with me their favorite cell phone features that benefit their learning, time management, and study skills. Other than the basics, such as calendars and alarms, here are some of their favorites:CamerasDo I need to say more? If they are allowed to carry their phone to class, then using the camera feature to snap photos of the blackboard or SMART Board after class will ensure that they don’t miss important class notes or assignments. In addition, photos can also serve as a useful visual reminder of what a student needs to get done. For instance, a photo of the student’s soccer gear laid out will act as a reminder of what needs to be packed up before heading off to practice.Text MessagingYes, you heard me correctly. Students can use Google SMS to get definitions, facts, and conversations sent directly to their phones. Online to-do lists such as Remember the Milk (Love!) can send alerts or an instant message reminding students of an upcoming project, deadline, test or appointment. Students can even receive flashcards and study materials directly to their phone allowing them to study wherever they are.Although many of theses technologies are used to assist students with special needs, they are truly useful for any student looking for tech savvy techniques to streamline their educational world.