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My Journey to Psychological and Physical Health

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Hey Z,

I think this is an amazing use of your time off. Sometimes life hands us a gift disguised as trouble. That gift for you is time to work on ZTR. Time to heal. Time to discover some of the strength that lies deep within. Time to draw out passion and purpose and use them to focus the remainder of our life.

Even though the reason for the time off is serious in nature, that does not mean it cannot be used to its fullest potential. I think you see that and this is the reason for this new, more introspective thread.

Take it one day at a time, rely on your inner strength and on your faith. This could turn out to be a real positive turning point in your life.

I am looking forward to this thread. Just take it easy though. Once or twice a week is enough until you are doing much better.

There is already a different tone to your writing. I think time will show you some incredible things as you go down this path.

Keep the faith......

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, Leonardo da Vinci


Most people chose unhappiness over uncertainty, Tim Ferris
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Hey, where is the thanks button... Great post ZTR, THANK YOU!


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Thank you so much.

Stealing this from @chipotlebop ( hope you don't mind Gary):

Beliefs Ė consistently good trading edge

1.I objectively identify my edge.
2.I predefine the risk of every trade.
3.I completely accept the risk or I am willing to let go of the trade.
4.I act on my edges without reservation or hesitation.
5.I pay myself as the market makes money available to me.
6.I continually monitor my susceptibility to making errors.
7.I understand the absolute necessity of these principles of consistent success, therefore, I never violate them.


AFFIRMATIONS
1. I am a successful trader
2. I believe in my strategy
3. I anticipate the settups
4. I execute my settups with fast precision
5. I adapt quickly to a change in market conditions
6. I wait patiently for my settups
7. I do not touch the mouse when I see trades that are not part of my trading plan.
8. I only execute according to my trading plan.
9. I manage risk with order flow
10. I quickly exit if order flow invalidates the settup
11. I reverse my position of the settup signals
12. I monitor my thoughts and behavior

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My own version Sun Tsu applied to trading:



5 Essentials for victory

1.He will succeed who knows WHEN to trade and WHEN NOT to trade.
2.He will succeed when he is prepared and anticipates the precise moment to strike.
3.He will succeed who is fully engaged and not distracted by negative thoughts.
4.He will succeed who understands his competition and their motives.
5.He will succeed who is calm throughout the trade action.


If you know the market participants and know yourself, you need not fear a failed trade.
If you know yourself, but not the market participants, for every victory you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither, you will be defeated in every battle.


I profit by making NO errors. Making NO errors is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering the market participants who are already defeated.
A skillful trader puts his trades on in at the right location which makes self defeat impossible and does not miss the moment for defeating his opponents.

Now back to how to become a stress-free trader:

So today I made through first six chapters. He talks about good karma total responsibility have a system that gets you I suggest looking at @aztrader9's Zen and the Art of the small account, and his trading journal elite section.

So the first section of the book is the seven secrets of successful trader

Good karma
total responsibility
have a system that fits you
plan a trade and trade a plan
work hard at learning how to trade and working!
Think positive
it's nothing personal
to be a successful trader, don't be a successful trader

I suggest reading each one of these chapters draw your own conclusions.

But I'll tell you what I thought was important.

Taking total responsibility for your trading is a very important point: You can't just take someone else's system and trade it. Not possible, this is why turnkey systems & black boxes don't work. You have to own it, you have to spend time with, it has to be you. If it's not your, you are just going to burn up money. Seriously. Never forget this. I spent a lot of time working on my system. My biggest problem has been medications that kill my focus.

My system is based on my main trading tool reading the DOM. I start with looking at a volume ladder on several time frames. I use a top-down approach looking at a day chart to gain perspective, an 8K volume ladder and 8K volume chart &, a 1--2K volume and in a 1-2 K volume ladder, finally I use what I call my super scalper, which allows me to see fine structure of price action. All of these are used to tell me when it's time to read Dom.

It is my system, I put together, so I take total responsibility for its execution.

So now that I have any system for which I take total responsiblity, I must turn into written rules. This is something I will work on later. Will post setups in my Price, Volume and the DOM thread.

Anyone reading this - I am telling you what you need to do.You you must have a system & take total responsibility for its results. If you read @Big Mike 's posts you will see that he is always telling you it's within you succeed. You will get out of the market what you think you deserve somehow it's all tied to this. It's not the market, it is you.

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, there are posts on this forum concerning this topic, search them out. To save my wrists I'm not going to add every single link here, I'm a make you work a little bit. Just know it's true you want to get good at something work at.

I really liked twists I discovered in the thinking positive chapter. It's not about positive it's about doing all the other things before you think positive. You can't just say you are going to make $million a week.
I don't care how much positive thinking you do. It won't get you $1 million. You have to put in a lot of effort to get to the point to do this. You have to trust your system, you have to know that as an edge. Only then can you think positive about your system.

The market doesn't care about you- don't anthropomorphize the market. It's a collection of individuals all doing whatever they think they can do to make money. At this I also recommend reading Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas, again search it on the forum. (to save my wrists I'm not going to add all the links like I usually do.) So don't blame market when you have a bad day, it's your responsibility trade well, no one else's. Don't listen to pundits, don't watch the news, don't look for tips as I said before forget about trade some else's system black boxes all that stuff up will just blow up your account. I know been there done that. Not going to happen this time. You can't let emotions get in the way, you can be like ice either. Don't play would have could have should have. You should do everything according to your rules and make sure your rules drawn up so that there's really an edge.

It's not about being right, it's about having an edge. I suggest at this SIM'in, until you feel a until you're sure that you have an edge again look at Zen and the Art of small account. Phenomenal, what Brian has done in that thread gives hope to all traders starting with small accounts that might even help those with big accounts. Again my policy is to not add links save my hands.

Okay this is really important you know your life, trading is to be just one part. More and more I'm reading threads how people are limiting the amount of time they spend in front of the screen. In other words want quality trading time not quantity.

So, again to summarize really page 82 of how to become a stress-free trader.

And I really like this, successful trading is:

boring
effortless
easy
stress-free

Get to this point and you will be a consistently successful stress-free trader.

Even this little bit of typing is stressing my hands, I'm done. Probably won't be posting again until tomorrow on Brett.


 
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Thank ZTR love the thread it's been some time since i been on.

Our mind is one of the hardest things to deal with, be it trading or in life.

Much appreciated

Alex

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It is all with in you to succeed.

I started a new treatment and did my zen stuff: self-reflection, eating well, reading (which I have had a hard time doing) & then I cleaned the floors.

Cleaning is such an important part of my routine (that again the new treatment let me do) it balances you. Plus it smells great when done.

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I recently had intense personal issues to deal with, while I was going through them I was still trading. I was doing things I would have never done otherwise. One of which holding a long term position in the future market and adding to a bad trade to even out. Not only that out of fear and anger I closed my trade at a large lose.

I have not traded for almost a 2 weeks. I started doing meditation and yoga again (what ever i physically can). And waiting for my health to get better before. I start again.

I donít know if it was my system, me or my mind or all of the above. Iíll wait for a while before getting back in.

I need to make sure all is in balance again before rebooting. Especially my health.

Your post is an inspiration, and I do agree with you regarding cleaning. I find it helps me clear my mind while I clear. I read somewhere clear space clear mind.

Alex

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I recently had intense personal issues to deal with, while I was going through them I was still trading. I was doing things I would have never done otherwise. One of which holding a long term position in the future market and adding to a bad trade to even out. Not only that out of fear and anger I closed my trade at a large lose.

I have not traded for almost a 2 weeks. I started doing meditation and yoga again (what ever i physically can). And waiting for my health to get better before. I start again.
Your post is an inspiration, and I do agree with you regarding cleaning. I find it helps me clear my mind while I clear. I read somewhere clear space clear mind.

Alex

I can't wait until I can start exercising again took a super short walk yesterday with another transplant patient just to get outside. enjoying simple things like that come back to when you've been through hell and it's learning to appreciate them the small things that make life livable.

So this week I hope to start stretching and then it'll be easier to sit and reflect and read & clean.

Alex you're doing the right things take it one step at a time. It's all about break it down into little tiny pieces.

Just make sure that each small piece is something you can accomplish. that way every piece becomes a small victory on your journey to success whatever endeavor you are attempting trading, getting in shape or building relationships.

Say, I like this Dragon thing. this is so much easier than typing. But heck, I don't need perfect punctuation.

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Made a trade in YM. Knew that 10663 would be super tough to get through and bailed when it was obvious that it would not be breached.

Now I am going to stretch, something I haven't been able to do in six months. I am psyched. If I can exercise I can have a normal life. Will take time, but like I said above it's all about small victories and been very happy when they are achieved.

Can't wait to get Dragon 11. This makes everything so much easier.

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While this may seem like not much to anyone else, but I haven't stretched months.

Today I did. No cramping, no screaming out in pain. It actually felt good. Now I'm stiff & can't move anything like I used to, this is step one. Like I said it's all about small victories. Add enough of them together and you have a major victory. That's may goal.

I've attached the tools of the trade -stretching that is. All you need is some comfortable clothes, some decent tunes, a clear area on the floor , a padded mat stretching bar, and an instruction sheet (my was prepared by actual physical therapist).

Can't believe how much better I feel. Each day other will do a little more, and each day will become more mobility. Going to take months, but I got months.

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Well I paid a heavy price for stretching yesterday. Cramping, weird Parkinson's-like symptoms where my hands assume unnatural positions, with Charley horse like pain.

Needless to say I upped the pain meds.

Too wasted to read. So, I'm just taking a peek at the markets.

When I get better want to get back to trading.

Have to meet with a Complex Care Manager.

Meaning they are spending a fortune on my care and they want answers, like why do I not just die already (yes, I do believe that).

I will tell them it is all their fault for withholding treatment at the early stages of my post transplant. Long sad story, but I have been close to death at least 8 times since the transplant waiting for insurance approval. The bad part is my doc didn't even tell me how bad what I had was as he said it was insurance driven medicine. I would have paid the $500 out of pocket if I knew about delayed onset neutropenia. Having that condition set off a chain of events that has left me crippled.

My Short is working: Hope 10561 breaks. If it does this is a 3 wave pattern, a corrective wave. Read @Fat Tails

It broke as I post this. Trade is show in my Price, Volume & the Dom Thread

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Nice trade today. Still playing around in sim as I am on methadone today. But feel so much better. Getting used to gabapentin took a while. Still have some cramps and spasms. But overall on much less really strong meds.

Wish I was healthy would have stayed up all night & traded 6E. Still just slow enough not to go live.

Time to go stretching again. Hopefully won't have to medicate myself as much after the second time.

Back later to trade the afternoon.

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