by Mary Hickey
27 December 2012
Back in June of this year, there was a discussion at one of the game's bulletin boards about how to find the motivation to improve at backgammon. Although many of the posters made good points, no general conclusion was reached or agreed upon. The purpose of this article is to clarify the issues involved in motivation for backgammon improvement, help you decide what your game-related goals should be, and then proceed on the path toward achieving them.
First, you need to identify your immediate goal. You would not run on a track if you don't know how many laps you intend to run, and who or what you are racing against. A baseball team would not be able to sustain their efforts at the optimal level required to play their best in a standard nine-inning game, if there instead were no end in sight and they would just play to an arbitrary and unknown time, or even forever, for all they know. Though some young adults would love to be "perpetual students", most high school and college students would not just keep studying with any intensity if they were not working toward a diploma or degree.
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