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As I watched that, I could not help but imagine that was you and me.

Who's who ? !
Who's on first base.. etc..

I'm guessing you must be the "hairy" one..

Every moment I wake up I realize I know nothing, and then I smile...
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I find myself "up" somewhere in the day almost every single trading day I come to the market. 1st trade is iffy, but back the BE and then some is almost what I expect as normal. That is 100% winning days, if I let it be.

But many times I don't, give some back, then back and forth, maybe finishing the same but with far more commissions. Or finishing down, walking away frustrated.

I am sitting here up 72, almost took another trade, saw what I thought was good risk versus reward... and then asked myself a few things;

1) Do I need it to have a good day?

2) Do I really believe it will reach my target before the close?

3) Is this a good time of day to read the market?


And watched it move in my favor. Some. The come back, some.

I find better RR, better movement, better 2nd chance if I need it, in the morning. The whole day is in front of me.

What is "enough"? What is a "great" day?

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https://futures.io/elite-trading-journals/1011-ghost-journal-35.html#post224536

Had this conversation with @Private Banker in my journal. He has some good ideas you might look into related to your questions of when is enough... link to get you started. He suggests percent of daily range....

later

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Seuss
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There are two things going on simultaneously. One has to do with trading, the other doesn't.

My trading skill level far surpasses anything I ever thought I would accomplish. My comfort with what happened to me in life still needs some work. The drive that allowed me to study 24/7, the tenacity that caused me to put so much into, could be considered a good energy... it was years ago.

The first time someone posted a movie reference here, I just laughed it off. Sure, I saw the analogy, but this trading thing was far too serious to gain anything from that. But here is another shot at a Star wars reference; When the "force" is strong, aka willpower, dedication, determination, tenacity... it is easily susceptible to falling to the "dark side". The motivation starts to come from a bad place. It is the same energy, but when rooted improperly can be a tough ride.

I am currently spending more time focusing on finding myself outside of trading. Re-connecting with friends, exploring new hobbies. It does not come easily when we carry a grudge. Getting out and doing something fun can seem more like work. When we feel time is against us, who has time for such silliness...

But there comes a time when all the study in the world doesn't matter. Our destiny lies not so much in what we accomplish, but how we view ourselves and the world around us.

My first year in business, I was so proud to be making a profit at all. I viewed things as great. The first time I played a song on the guitar, it felt really good to think, "wow, that sounds just like the song" (even though, no, it didn't .

That feeling motivates us to continue. That is the good energy.

Appreciate the small victories again. That's my advice to both of us. Life is how we view it.



@GaryD brain in over drive again, i feel for your poor brain

Any news yet on you project and due home date.......

Gary you are a execelent trader, a good man

Give in and let go and do what you have programmed your self to do

I do really think you just think to much about every thing, this is good to an extent but too much can be a poision!

I think you need to focus on a balanced life style now, find a good hobby you enjoy doing to take your self away from work

If that is fishing, golf, pursuing pussy like Hegvid or spending time with your wife. What eva takes your self away from the markets and work and switch off

When your working trading, get serious and focus and do what you need to do

"You are a highly trained warrior with one goal"

When your not working have fun and enjoy your self, you only live once dude

I really want to see you have a break through soon, i have been reading and folowing your journal for some time now and you still seem to stuck in the same place

Your trading understanding is top class, you have an edge, good dicpline and understanding and you can friging trade

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" I will follow my rules, I will take my stops, I will be disciplined and i will work with the market....NOT AGAINST IT! Professional mind control is the key"

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Who's who ? !
Who's on first base.. etc..

I'm guessing you must be the "hairy" one..


No, not at all. My face still stings. And I thought the kiss on the cheek was a nice touch.

You may not have succeeded yet, other than in symbolism, but you keep trying to take my illusions from me.

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Strong buying this morning at the minor 618.

 
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I'll work on that answer.

Still not sure about my schedule. It is not uncommon that I decide as I am driving to the airport, booking my flight as I go. I'll let you know.

 
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Took one trade off this chart today. Volume, 30 minute, and this. No ES, no 6E, no Time & Sales. Felt naked, but I am trying something.

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My wife suggested we get tattoos last weekend. I joked about "Discipline" on one arm, and "Tenacity" on the other. But just thought of a better selection of words.

"Relax"
"Believe"
"Trust Yourself"
"Patience"
"Now"

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