HOW TO BREAK LOOSE FROM THE BONDAGE OF SPORT BETTING

by - December 13, 2017


The issue of betting amongst the youths has proliferated to the extent that the outcome is something very disastrous.  Our youths these days, most especially the guys;have resorted into making betting their favourite pastime, by looking for an easy way out to make fast money. As a result of this, they've enriched the betting companies we have around in a quest to make money from them. There are so many betting companies in Nigeria like:bet9ja,Merry bet, Lions bet,Naijabet,Nairabet,Surebet etc. Whose primary aim is to entice the gullible youths and convince them that the only way for them to be successful is to keep betting with the little money they have in order to make it big. The usual word of advice we grew up with from our parents those days which was 'Hardwork Pays' has been thrown into the thin air all in a bid to make that 'fast money'.


What exactly is the cause of this vice that has spread like wild fire all over the country? As usual, the bad leaders we have in Nigeria readily comes to mind. But, is that enough reason for this menace? No Nigerian citizen is happy with the government as it is of today, but that doesn't mean everyone is participating in this act. So what exactly is the cause? It is simply the 'Get Rich Syndrome' that has engulfed the youths. Everybody wants to make money fast and break free from the clutches of poverty. Now, it is a good thing to hustle in order to make ends meet and better one's life. But it becomes disturbing when that energy is channelled into counter productive acts which betting happens to be part of. Greed is primarily the cause of this disturbing act. The guys these days want to use one hundred naira to make one million naira by forecasting different games. But they forget that it is only Hardwork that can make one successful in life. Are you a struggling guy trying to make ends meet in Nigeria and you think the only way to make it is to keep betting? Please, desist from this act because it is very destructive as the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.

The followings are the effects/consequences of betting

DISTRACTION

Betting makes one lose focus. The time and energy one can use to do productive things is often time being used to forecast different games. Betting can be very addictive, and once this sets in, it doesn't matter where that person is, whether he's inside the church, office or even public transport ,they dedicate their precious time into setting the games with high hope that it would eventually turn out well. When the game finally turns out well, they will start looking for their slip (for those that visit the betting centers instead of playing on their betting account)as if their lives depends on it. This will always affect your life, you will lose out on vital information as a result of preoccupying yourself with betting. You could even lose your job in the process as a result of distraction. So why not just stop it now?

  PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA

Someone told me recently about a fresher that used his school fees to bet. He had boasted to his friends about how he will be the youngest millionaire in the entire school, the type of car he would buy and the number of girls he would date. But his beautiful dream was shattered when  just one team spoilt his ticket.  He couldn't pay his tuition, and almost committed suicide as a result of this. He finally had to open up to his parents about his misdeed and they sorted him out. Of course, he became the laughing stock of his department. This affected him psychologically and almost turned him into a social recluse. That is just one example of how traumatising the issue of betting can be . Nobody can readily agree to be a loser.  So you can imagine the devastation that sets in when you realise that all your life savings has gone and you've got nothing  to show for it. This will inevitably lead to depression, and it will only take strong will to break off the chain.

 FINANCIAL RECKLESSNESS

Research shows that most people who engage in this despicable act are always prone to be broke. They are always in one financial difficulty or the other, because of the huge amount of money they waste daily on betting. When they've exhausted their personal savings, they will resort to borrowing money from  their friends just to bet! and if the game comes out bad, they will have to depend solely on someone else to eat. This is really embarrassing, why can't you be contented with the little you have and take off the 'Get Rich Syndrome' that has engulfed you?

 HOW TO OVERCOME THIS ADDICTION

BE DETERMINED

Betting is not something one can do away with easily. But with determination,you can get through it. Just make up up mind today to disassociate yourself from anything that has to do with betting, and make sure you stick to this resolution.

DELETE YOUR BETTING ACCOUNT

Most guys now play through their betting accounts on their phone. If you really want to overcome this addiction, you have to delete your betting account.

 STAY AWAY FROM ANY BETTING CENTER

If you're on a journey of letting go of this vice, then you have to try as much as possible to stay away from any betting center in your area. The urge might get so strong when passing through the vicinity of a betting center, but try to overcome it. Or better still, avoid taking that route till you're sure you've broken free from the clutches of betting.

 SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

You have to let go of your friends that are hooked on this addiction and make new friends that are free from this addiction. It will make the transition easy. Don't be too hard on yourself, you will renege on your promise and probably go back to betting, but you have to be firm with your stance. Remember, it is never easy to break free from an addiction.

Betting is a form of mental slavery, wake up and smell the coffee. These betting companies are making so much money from the shallow minded youths. Hardwork pays, can we all stick to that? Stop looking for a fast means to make money. Just stick to what you know how to do best and be diligent in it.

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