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A little discussion might be helpful for you too?

Great to receive your message, Rounder8. I'm a bit bummed out by my results today. I needed to receive a message like yours. I start my session with determination to stick to my rules...but lately I end up ignoring them...and paying the price. I keep a database of results and will share them this weekend.

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Cheer up man!

You are doing fine, not every day can be a winner. If some trader is saying he wins every day then he is lying... I like the honesty you have had with trading which is the reason I became interested in this stuff in the first place.

I will start making my effort official by writing something in my journal. I will also start tracking my results. No mistakes/bad trades will be hidden because that will be a missed learning opportunity. I will go through most of your trades before I start any discussion so that I can (hopefully) see the forest for the trees. I also need to check out bluemele's effort from his journal which I haven't had the time to read yet.

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Orin, hey, don't let today get you down. Some days are more challenging than others for this method, and today was not a 'textbook easy' day.

You've been doing very well... and it looks like you've been left to carry the NFT flag here for a while (-bluemele, have a good break, look forward to seeing you back journaling afterwards-)

so keep up the good work and have a great weekend.

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Ouch Day TF -2.1 March 23 2012

Yipes. Three stop outs. I know better than to trade on Fridays, especially when there is big news. But I did.

I say my second trade was like that made by a stumbling drunk, but I don't want to dis stumbling drunks.

Next week offers new opportunities...and a chance to actually apply my trading rules!


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No trades TF March 26 2012

Market was pretty flat until housing sales news at 9 Central Time. The news was bad so of course the market immediately rose 5 points.


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No Trades TF March 27 2012

There were some trading opportunities on weak momentum.


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+ .9 TF March 28 2012

Saw beautiful short at 9:04 Central Time. Took if for 9 ticks.

I know, I know...it went on for a zillion points. I have to perform where I'm at and my mindset is in catch up mode.


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- .7 TF March 29 2012

Missed sweet setup at 8:45 Central Time. Don't know how I missed it.

Took goofy short later for a stop out.

Taking Friday off since the last two were brutal. Have a great weekend.


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Journaling Experience


A) What are the top five benefits you have seen as a result of regularly posting in this journal?

Feedback from other futures.io (formerly BMT) members
Increased self awaremess while trading
Increased honesty with myself on my trading performance
Improved performance :car:


B) What are the top five problem areas you have identified as a result of regularly posting in this journal?

I often forget my trading plan in the heat of battle
I often make bonehead mistakes
I often don't have a target selected before I place the trade
I think I can make a profit with every trade
A mental proclivity will trump trading plan executions...with ease


C) Were you initially reluctant to start this trading journal? If yes, why?

It seemed insane to exhibit my level of trading skill for anyone to see.

D) How do you feel, overall, about your journaling experience?

It is not as good as receiving coaching from a professional, but much better than duking it out by yourself.

E) Would you recommend to others that they should also start a trading journal?

I highly recommend it. Ask someone who's doing it for pointers on getting started.

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