The absolute first step in becoming a successful poker player is deciding what your goal is. Do you want to make a steady side income? Maybe you want to just have some fun, and not worry about making money. Perhaps you have aspirations of playing and winning at the highest limits available. Once you know what you want out of online poker you will be that much closer to reaching that goal.

It is cliche to say “Set a goal and go for it” but you will forever dwindle in poker purgatory if you don’t know where you are, and more importantly, where you want to be. I know that my first goal when I began playing online poker in 2005 was to one day become a profitable player. It took lots of time and hard work, but eventually the day came where I was finally a winning player. No one can ever take that feeling of accomplishment from you, it takes hard work, especially today, to become a solid online poker player. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that playing poker online, or I should say *making money* playing poker online, is an easy task. To say that being a winning player is easy is perhaps the most untrue statement in all of online poker, besides of course, “It’s rigged!!!”.

Do you have a goal set and are you ready to work for it? If so, go for it. If not, take a bit to consider your goals, and once you are ready you can begin your long journey on the path to success.