In the game of poker, objectivity is key. How many times have we jumped to conclusions too soon? After reading a poker book, watching an inspirational training video, or digesting some newfound knowledge from a poker magazine, how often have we gone busto after being inflated with a false sense of confidence?
The misdirection we create within ourselves may be the very thing destroying our game. The things we discover about this complex game we try to solidify, as if there is a concrete theory behind winning, when in reality I believe having an open and flexible mind as well as being creative is what helps with our success on the felt. What fun would the game be if our strategy consisted of recycled lines? If that is the kind of game you want, blackjack may be the game for you, not poker.
Jumping to conclusions will slam the door shut to vital information at the tables. Following the same lines can hinder your game the same way playing too much can. Not to mention your opponents will have a better read on your "predictable playing style."