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  #21 (permalink)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Posts: 25 since Aug 2013
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Progress Report

There have been a few trading opportunities that have really let me test my mental prgression and before I get into that I will first go into where I am at and how I got there.

I started with this situation where I was basically "lost" and not making trades that represented me or my system.

What I responded to that situation by doing is taking a weekend to really ask a ton of questions. Questions not about my system but more importantly my psyche.

What I noticed was a lack of conviction, a lack of confidence and a lack of follow through. with all of these things going on I couldn't make any progress towards improving my system because it was perpetually inconsistent.

SO what I resulted in doing (and kind of by luck or law of attraction whatever you wanna call it) was picking up a book that was about building beliefs and reinforcing new ways of thinking that move a person in a positive direction. Kinda crazy really.

What I did basically overnight was write go through and analyze my past trades, my thought processes etc and reorganized them to develop confidence in my trading. to develop the belief that I am a successful trader. This in turn results in every trade that I make, whether right or wrong is put into a positive and reinforcing light. making the belief stronger and the confidence higher.

I need to continue on this path. especially during my trades. reminding myself of the important things and the important perspectives. I can trust myself. Simpy put...

And to think, this all started with a little damn options account

As far as some trading goes I have been able to improve it 100 fold in a short period of time because of my consistent approach and veracious note taking. continuing to improve.

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  #22 (permalink)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Posts: 25 since Aug 2013
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False signals and keeping my head up

I finished last week with a losing trade. not that it was uncomfortable or upsetting, I admittedly was wrong, but what I didn't realize until Saturday was that one of my strongest signals is a failed signal.

This seems random, but it's not... because after everything that I have put myself through it represents my perspective and how I respond to my trades now. with an open mind. Ready for all opportunities and perspectives (as long as they are mine )

The biggest thing for me right now is patience and perspective. that is what it all boils down to. (for me)

I have organized my progression by asking myself daily these questions,
"what 20% of my actions are causing me 80% of my problems?,
what 20% of my actions are causing me 80% of my successes,
what could I fix right now to reduce my bad trades and deficits by a measurable amount?,
What can I fix right now to increase my good trades and surplus by a measurable amount?"

What this has done is significantly decreased the learning curve and the common problem of trying to fix everything at once. (because we all know multitasking is NOT effective nor efficient and results in a job NOT well done)
I could eliminate the most problematic things in my trading and mentality in order that trimmed the fat down to very little. and you can do that opposite to improve the good aspects of trading.

Now you may be very familiar with this learning style, so let me explain why I am reviewing it... it has obviously brought me to fixing mental problems and assessing the good 20% of "pea plants" in my head that produce 80% of my peas (LOL). and nurture them to produce more in return.

Very little of the problems I assessed during this combine were involving my trading strategy... this is very peculiar to me. As Panda mentioned this blog thing started off with me showing you some trades and what not. but the ultimate goal was to excel and improve at the greatest pace without sacrificing quality of learning and development. So what does it mean that keeping track of my development led me to improving mental analysis over my trading system?

a guy (me for sure) could make this complicated... I don't ask for responses but if you feel like adding to his please do,
Einstein said that "if you can't explain something simply than you don't understand it well enough"

So explain trader development and becoming a success in simple form

This is what I make of it:

"development, discipline, relinquishment and the pursuit of unwavering faith in decisions"

And the more I think on this the simpler I can make it... but ultimately a guy has to trade to be able to extrapolate the meaning behind that...

HAHA sorry for sounding so crazy.

"trading is...

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Wrapping up the combine

I don't know if this will for sure be the last day doing this combine. it will be if I have a trade to put on, but I want to review wqhat I really learned in the combine and also really give props to TST for the awesome learning experience that I couldn't have gotten anywhere else.

First and foremost I want to say that hands down this has brought me to a whole new level of trading. Measurable progress in my trading abilities, that is for sure.

I will try to keep this short and simple because I think that is a virtue of a professional trader.

I have learned that you dont have to know the most complex edge in the industry to be extremely successful.
On the contrary, you can have an extremely simple edge and still do very well.

The most important part of being successful in this business is perspective.

The perspective I have on the market is going to decide how I interpret the information that the market provides me.

The market is undoubtedly neutral, and does nothing but provide information and opportunity to act.

and in this arena of infinite possibilities and really no rules... we have to make rules to survive. we have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that happens. and know that we are in control of our results.

It is in our nature to want to relinquish responsibility and that must be addressed and corrected.

To be consumed with indicators and market information is a black hole. and will only keep a person in the dark on the road to success.

we must know how to take an edge and be disciplined so that we can work on the mental aspects of trading. this is the true edge in trading. We must know how to see the market and interpret the information. If we see the market in a way that is based out of fear and worry than that void in our minds will be filled...
If we can keep our minds open to opportunity and possibilities this will also be filled. the information we interpret is based strictly on our interpretation of information.

the things we see traders do, like encounter that same problem over and over should be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve, not on our analysis but on ourselves.

For now there really isn't much more to say or at least I can't think of to much more to say.

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