The Empowered Trader by Mark Fechner

Learning to Respond to the Market, not just React

14 Things To Give Up For Happier Trading (1 of 3)

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Followers of my blog will know that I’m a big believer that trading has more to do with the decision process than any indicators of the market.  Ultimately, we need to be happy with the decisions we are making regardless of the financial outcome.  So to help traders be happier with their trading results, I came across an article from the Finerminds Team that inspired me to come up with my own list of 15 things we should give up to be happier traders.

Trading is one of the most challenging and stressful activities know to man.  Yet there are those among us that are drawn to it like moths to a flame.  The decisions we make in the market are of our own making and hence our responsibility.  Being conscious about our choices and reasons for trading are some of the things we can do individually to become better traders.  To foster conscious choices, here are 15 things to eliminate from our trading routine for happier trades.

1. Give up the need to be right. Being ‘right’ is a well know human attribute.  Unfortunately, the market doesn’t care if we are right.  The market is only concerned with what the market does.  How many times have we hung onto a trade well past the point of common sense only so that we can be proved ‘right?’  This is not the rationale mind talking buy  rather our egos.  A number of well know traders have said, “do you want to be right or do you want to be profitable?”  Getting out of our own way is often the first decision to more profitable trades. Which leads me to the next point.

2. Give up your need to control. There are only 2 things we have control over as a trader; 1) how much money we’re placing on a trade and 2) our expectations of the results.   After the trade has been placed, we are at the mercy of the market.  The best of trading plans can be laid asunder by the capricious nature of the market.   Control is something that we have very little of as we engage with the market.

3. Give up on blame. I speak to a lot of traders that are very quick to blame something else for their results.  An indicator, a platform, an advisory service, a broker are just a few of the areas of that take the responsibility for trading results.  Own the results you are getting.  The beginning of improved performance starts with taking charge of the decisions we are making, acknowledging the flaws in those decisions and putting a strategy in place to address those flaws.

4. Give up your defeating self-talk.  What is your state of mind when you sit in front of your computer to trade?   What is the chatter that is going on in your head as you execute trades?  Are you defeating yourself before you even get started?  Our minds are incredibly powerful tools, if we use them for correctly.

5. Give up your limiting beliefs.  What we believe has a great deal to do with our success as a trader.  Limiting beliefs often show themselves in words like can’t, would have, should have, could have.  Being aware of this talk is a first step in the awareness of our responsibility of the decisions we’re making.

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it an idea that holds the mind.” Elly Roselle

More to come.



Written by etradingcoach

June 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

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  1. […] Continuing the conversation, here are the next 5 items on my list. […]

  2. Mark, These are great recommendations for new and old traders. The things that you are pointing out are experiences that slowly creep up on us when trading doesn’t quite go our way. For each of the 14 things that we should give up as traders, we should replace the with a reminders of what traders should be doing. Things that come to mind that you taught me are rick management, test your trading plan, document your trades and make sure your are sticking to your trading plan. If your plan is not working, modify it so it does. I look forward to your next steps for Happier Trading!


    July 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

  3. […] Continuing the conversation, here are the next 5 items on my list. […]

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