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Well my friends, 2010 is nearly upon us! It made me wonder, what New Year's Resolution(s) will you make for 2010 that are related to your trading?

I have more than one:



- Read more about: Psychology, Personal Triumph, Biographies on Traders
- Read less about: Charts, Systems/Strategies, Quantitative Trading
- Eat healthier - yes, it does relate because when you feel better you trade better
- Seek out new remedies for my sleeping disorder - most certainly affects my trading
- Put more in savings than I did last year
- Help more people via futures.io (formerly BMT) than I did last year

I look forward to reading your Resolution(s)! I hope everyone shares, and then a year from now we can check in and see how everyone did.

Most of all, I hope each of you cherish your time this Holiday Season with your friends and family, and make the most of the New Year!

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Well Mike,

This is always a tough one! I don't know about you people, but I always had problems with all these New Years Resolutions. Mostly because they implied quit smoking, and other habits that are destructive and has to do with discipline.

Actually, after failing upon completing them, well not always but almost. I decided to give them up. And after years of search I realized that discipline is a hard thing to practice because it's about a part of your conscious mind that's called will power, and that is temporary. I further realized that the result is not always the desired one because all those things you want to accomplish are always some sort of contrary point to what you aim for. Let me explain myself.

Life is actually pretty simple. It's only about two basic things. The two P's! We always do these two things:

1. We always look for Pleasure, and
2. We always want to avoid Pain.

Remember that these two things are different for all of us, because it's actually about what we define as pleasure and pain.

Now if you want to quit smoking. The effect will be pleasure, but to get there it requires pain.
If you want to eat healthier food, the effect is great but the road is painful.
That's why you keep yourself on the same path, being stuck with all your bad habits. Because per definition they give you more pleasure then pain.

So, that's why I gave them up. And I intend to keep on not having them.

BUT, And I apologize Mike!
In order to not mess up Mikes intention and thread. I can use some bullet points , and tell you, what I'm struggling with and want to change!

1. Eat healthier food (hope is OK if I hijack that one Mike )
2. Become more aware of myself
3. Become more brave and get rid of fear
4. Let go of things with ease that's affecting me in my life
5. Trade whenever I want to IF I want to or feel like I want to
6. Get rid of all my money blocks
7. Spend more time with my family and kids
8. Let go of the future, and let the now take care of things

My God, I feel naked

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I grew up in an environment where having "stuff" was a sign of success. It wasn't until recently that I realized the most important "stuff" was a happy and healthy well-adjusted self, partner, family, and friends. 2010 is about risk management. Don't lose the happy and healthy well-adjusted self, partner, family, and friends. Avoid tradgedy.

And return 20% on the trading account.

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Not sure about which is #1 and which is #3, but it's something like:
#1 be more aggressive, take (a bit) more (calculated) risks
#2 spend less time on my screens/charts; I've seen enough unlikely things in real time (FRE/FNM, ES @ 667, LEH, C, ...), I'm ready for the next black swans and a huge VIX
#3 get focus on less instruments. Stocks, futures, options, a bit of Forex for hedging my USD positions, it's too much. Not so bad results in each one, but not good enough.
#4 think less
#5 stop coding smart indicators/strategies, it's a funny hobby, but don't help for making money
#6 no more than 2 indicators per charts (nearly already done)
#7 build a medium/long term/low risks stocks/options portfolio, without interfering with #3, and without spending 10 hours/week on it

And maybe some others, but it's enough for a year

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It is simple !

Ask for God's MERCY, PROVISION, PROTECTION, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, GRACE, PEACE, SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY, MATERIAL/FINANCIAL PROSPERITY, AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS COMMITTED DELIBERATELY/INADVERTENTLY. DO THIS EVERY DAY, EVERY MOMENT, EVERY TIME AND ALWAYS.

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My one is simple at this point. Because I took a break from live/actual trading because of a combination of poor results and a worsening data connection (which has since improved a little but for a while was truly unworkable), and because my highspeed connection today was delayed for yet another month until Jan 8th at earliest, my resolution is:

a) I will not start trading live again until I have worked out a solid trading plan.
b) I will execute this plan, along with revising it in an intelligent fashion in terms of reviewing its and my strengths and weaknesses etc, for at least 3 months after the time I launch again.
c) I will document this in my journal pages here on futures.io (formerly BMT).

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Well we are almost there...

This is good to write down. This year will be about FOCUS.

In 2010 I fully expect to have a fantastic year. I believe in balance. I have had a yin yang tatoo on my arm for 10-12 years...('cause i'm a moron and need a constant reminder I guess...) but it is a concept that I try to incorporate in everything I do. Yin and yang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia So a list of what I expect to do for myself in 2010 also needs a list of what I will do for others or it won't balance out.

For me -

*2010 will be a year of change for my family. Our goal is to move full time to Eleuthera in the Bahamas by the end of 2010.

*I will focus more on trading and trading well. Quit goofing off with ninja. It is a tool to accomplish a goal. Nothing more. 1 or 2 indicators max...no more template shifting. I proved to myself I can trade off of different views (although similar views)...now stick with one and move on. (I deleted over 1250 templates and 400+ indicators this morning - 1st step is admitting the problem ha ha.... ). Go with largest timeframe I can manage risk on. Quit scalping. It has been more "thrilling" than profitable. Trade then shut it down.

*Bank profits for the move. No more toys...geez I have enough. Simplify in all aspects.


*Spend more time with my family and kids - this actually falls under both. Everybody wins with this one but I think I get a better deal....

+++++++++++

For others -

*when not trading spend more time giving to others. I wrote this and realized it is vague and need to work on a commitment I can keep here....intention is to give more to local community... will revisit this one. Already do a few things but maybe take on additional responsibilities... yeah I know... I said maybe.

edit - OK - I am going to work with the local Habitat for Humanity program... working out the details.

*monetary-
It rarely makes the news but there are lots of fantastic people in this world who do amazing things to help others. My goal is to work towards making at least as much impact as these 2.

Ryan?s Well - It's Not Who You Are, it's What You Do : TreeHugger

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enterprising little buggers aren't they...feel kinda bad sitting on that couch watching the game, huh? geez.

*I gave to this in the past but will give something meaningful a minimum of 10% this year to this cause. It is a good program.
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+++++++++++++++++++

So word for the year is FOCUS. In all things.


clean water is a real problem in certain parts of the world... here are a few great products invented to help... if anyone wants to "borrow" from my resolutions.
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i have no resolutions. but i will follow my mind map ( trading plan and method ).
this include a strong mind or better a clear mind for all trading session. i keep it simple.
one trade per day if a signal is in the market.

I will work with myself. I want to change bad patterns into positive patterns. I will not allow repetition (Read book of trading, the old behavior patterns --> to reduce my view). I will follow my simple trading plan and I will get through this.

I have now written so many times about doing it but again

1. meditation (Brain sync) (great stuff, alpha and theta make your mind happy)
2. sedona (mine is already)
3. core transformation (strong work)
4. they help me to take this away. and we have already mastered the december positive.

I am not spiritual, I only recognized my errors.

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I forgot to include the most important (in my post # 5);

1. THANK GOD (not just on THANKSGIVING DAY), GLORIFY HIS NAME, SING, DANCE & PRAISE HIM everyday, every moment, every time and in ALL situations.

2. GIVE, GIVE, & GIVE (e. g. futures.io (formerly BMT) donations) TO THE NEEDYs.

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Happy New Year to everyone, and may all your resolutions come through!

We all struggle to make tomorrow look like yesterday!
Get rid of your past and let the future unfold from the now.
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
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To many things to list but the main ones are as follows,

>Get back to the gym, work out 3 times a week.
>Get back to eating healthy again.
>Get back to meditating. Have really let these 3 slide this year.
>Stick to the one method i know works for me and stop messing with others.
>Operate strict risk control, do not risk more than 3% on any 1 trade.
>Bank a monthly amount to savings account from my trading account.
>Be more giving of myself to family and friends this year.

Only 2 are directly related to trading but they all affect it in some way.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!




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2010 is the year that I will be consistently* profitable. It's also the year I start trading full time (starting on Jan 4).

I also have :

- spend less time on trading and more time with the family

- eat healthier (I love cake & cookies)

- exercise regularly - I currently walk 1hr/day to/from work but now that I will work at home I must exercise.

- be more patient and understanding of others' point of view

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2010 is the year that I will be consistently* profitable.

What's the asterisk for?

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What's the asterisk for?

Thanks for reminding me. I wanted to define consistent as 3 months or more. In the past I've been profitable for 2 months and then fallen off the wagon.

I just ran some stats. Since oct 1 I've done very well on my ES swing trading, with a PF of 7.9. However my day trading (CL, Euro, & ES) had a profit factor of 1.10 (which I consider breakeven since the equity curve wasn't straight). December I focused 100% on CL and was 1.74 so I'm confident that I've turned the corner and I'm on my way.

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My new year resolutions are :
_ Work on letting my profits run a little bit more ( give the trade some time to develop , rather than grabbing the first green ..)
_ Focus more on the bigger picture !
_ Work on a solid trading plan for 2010
_ Workout more
_ Help people with natural remedies ( I am a naturopath by profession ) so please do not hesitate to ask for help , I will be glad to share my ancestral and yet proven recipes !!

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New Year resolution
Use 2 simple systems that complement each other.
Never deviate from the system rules.
Trade only with the trend and not try to pick bottom.
Working out 2 times a week is a must for 2010.

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New year new set of resolutions ...

After getting my trading sorted out last year .. this year resolution for me will be to just rise to new highs in my trading means to get more % returns on daily basis then what i did in 2009 .. Just that for me on my trading basis .. rest all is sorted out for me
Hope you all have a great year ...


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Well my friends, 2011 is nearly upon us! It made me wonder, what New Year's Resolution(s) will you make for 2011 that are related to your trading?

I have more than one:
  • Read more about: Psychology, Personal Triumph, Biographies on Traders
  • Eat healthier - yes, it does relate because when you feel better you trade better
  • Help more people via futures.io (formerly BMT) than I did last year

I admit, I have many of the same resolutions this year as I had last. I've been working on them all year, but I continue to work on them each day and will continue even in 2011 to do so. My trading continues to improve each month as I gain more experience. I am feeling more confident and more relaxed as a result, which is a fantastic feeling, and I hope that I can help others share those feelings by helping them with their trading.

I look forward to reading your Resolution(s)! I hope everyone shares, and then a year from now we can check in and see how everyone did.

Most of all, I hope each of you cherish your time this Holiday Season with your friends and family, and make the most of the New Year!



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To many things to list but the main ones are as follows,

>Get back to the gym, work out 3 times a week.
>Get back to eating healthy again.
>Get back to meditating. Have really let these 3 slide this year.
>Stick to the one method i know works for me and stop messing with others.
>Operate strict risk control, do not risk more than 3% on any 1 trade.
>Bank a monthly amount to savings account from my trading account.
>Be more giving of myself to family and friends this year.

Only 2 are directly related to trading but they all affect it in some way.

All the best for the new year to all on this forum.

Well heres mine from last year to kick things off...I got the health thing nailed getting to the gym lots and achiving my goals there, eating very well and making an effort to meditate more so am feeling great from a health perspective, makes such a difference. I have also stuck to my method although to enable me to have a better quality of life I have increased the time frame. Over the past few months I have been making more of an effort to give people the time they deserve but for a large part of the year that was not the case so I still need to keep an eye on that and work at it.

I have a specific trading goal I will set out in my journal.
I will also undertake a physical challenge this year.
I will travel this year, I want to take 2 decent holidays.
Make an effort in my personal relationships.
Buy a car!

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Well heres mine from last year to kick things off...I got the health thing nailed getting to the gym lots and achiving my goals there, eating very well and making an effort to meditate more so am feeling great from a health perspective, makes such a difference. I have also stuck to my method although to enable me to have a better quality of life I have increased the time frame. Over the past few months I have been making more of an effort to give people the time they deserve but for a large part of the year that was not the case so I still need to keep an eye on that and work at it.

I have a specific trading goal I will set out in my journal.
I will also undertake a physical challenge this year.
I will travel this year, I want to take 2 decent holidays.
Make an effort in my personal relationships.
Buy a car!

Fantastic work @rassi! Congrats! Imagine what you can accomplish this year with the same hard work and determination.

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@Big Mike, what about to go to sleep early?

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Last few days I've been sleeping better. Maybe it will continue into 2011.

What about your resolutions, @LukeGeniol, @bukkan, and more...

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Last few days I've been sleeping better. Maybe it will continue into 2011.

What about your resolutions, @LukeGeniol, @bukkan, and more...

Mike

I'm trying to go to sleep earlier, but it's hard, my circadian rithm is a little messed up

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In 2011 the new Ferrari 612 is coming out, I just got an invitation to visit the factory in Italy in Januari for an absolute exclusive preview, even before the press release.....what a great year 2011 will be !!!

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Sheese, not the new years thing again. I'm gonna' go for it this time and actually put it in writing (which I never do) for once for all to see.
*I'm going to continue to work on my fear and become more mechanical
*I WILL NOT PAY FOR ONE MORE INDICATOR (Thanks futures.io (formerly BMT)) or TRADING ROOM EVER!
*I will improve my eating an excercise even more as to improve my focus
*I will remove all negative people from my life
*Continue the honesty with myself regarding my trading, it wasn't until I got honest that I started to become profitable
*Help those that can be helped and hope for the best for those that can't
*Spend less time here in my office and more time with the wife and daughter

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Sheese, not the new years thing again. I'm gonna' go for it this time and actually put it in writing (which I never do) for once for all to see.
*I'm going to continue to work on my fear and become more mechanical
*I WILL NOT PAY FOR ONE MORE INDICATOR (Thanks futures.io (formerly BMT)) or TRADING ROOM EVER!
*I will improve my eating an excercise even more as to improve my focus
*I will remove all negative people from my life
*Continue the honesty with myself regarding my trading, it wasn't until I got honest that I started to become profitable
*Help those that can be helped and hope for the best for those that can't
*Spend less time here in my office and more time with the wife and daughter

@Rayzor, that's a great list.



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no new year resolution for me

but then hope things will go fine

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I always have a few resolutions related to my overall life plan and this year will be the first time i have included trading so here goes:

1. Trade less. I make more money when I trade less.
2. NEVER EVER look for the holy grail again.
3. Finally make my living from trading.
4. Focus my efforts on self control and discipline.
5. Return my life to its normal balance between work and living.
6. Fill my life with good stuff, positive re-enforcement and wonderful relationships
7. Give back at least 10% of all my earnings......I have a TGA. Targeted Giving Account.
8. Eat better and exercise more.

I have a detailed plan about how to achieve each of these but this is the summary.

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im gonna spend more time golfing
break up with girlfriend
eat healthier and exercise more
sell my company
and take more time for me this year

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I've come to the realization that Health is Wealth. So I decided to work on my Health for 2011. What does Health mean to me...It means more than taking care of the physical body such as eating right and exercising. It also means to be healthy in my emotions and in my thoughts. Being aware when I'm in a negative state, or when I begin to think badly about a person or a situation, or when negative thoughts enter my mind. I believe by working on these things I will become a better person which will reflect on me being a better trader.

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." --- "Therefore, I Believe it and I will see it. And every day and in every way, I am healthier, wealthier, and wiser."
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Well my friends, 2010 is nearly upon us! It made me wonder, what New Year's Resolution(s) will you make for 2010 that are related to your trading?

I have more than one:



- Read more about: Psychology, Personal Triumph, Biographies on Traders
- Read less about: Charts, Systems/Strategies, Quantitative Trading
- Eat healthier - yes, it does relate because when you feel better you trade better
- Seek out new remedies for my sleeping disorder - most certainly affects my trading
- Put more in savings than I did last year
- Help more people via futures.io (formerly BMT) than I did last year

I look forward to reading your Resolution(s)! I hope everyone shares, and then a year from now we can check in and see how everyone did.

Most of all, I hope each of you cherish your time this Holiday Season with your friends and family, and make the most of the New Year!

Mike

Maestro,

Since one of your 2011 resolution concerned food, beeing Italian my advice is of course Mediterranean Diet
You can start by having a look at The Many Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

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