I need to take screen shots of when I assess market state and put down what I am looking at and thinking what moving forward as not seeing what the 1100 est close was on all time frames really hurt me.
[10:04 am] : this is the hardest part, markets we trade, do nothing and need to maintain that focus in case something does happen
That's what I typed in the chat room when the 1100 hr bar closed as the price was already breaking lower.
I'm thinking when I made the conclusion the market was going nowhere, I believed that and did not assess market state objectively but with a biased opinion. Not having that Yellow level drawn across the time frames played a factor in not seeing what the market was really doing.
I was so focused on doing candlestick math, I lost track of assessing highs and lows in relationship to each other and the close.
i made the mistake of "knowing" how the bar was gonna close at the top of the hour at 1000hr, when the bar actually closed, it was not what I had pictured and was caught off guard. I then proceeded to break silence and chat @ 1004hr, which further reduced my focus as NG was pretty much trading sideways for a good 2 hours since it opened. what I learned from this is to wait for the close and assess every time frame at the top of the hour as I was tunnel visioned in watching just one time frame. the other positive is the Significant Levels (SL) I've marked, the market has been reacting well off them, so thats boosting my confidence there.