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 matevisky 
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Yesterday was notrade for me because of the veteran day. I am trying to avoid these kind of day, when the market is not doing what he likes to do. I am not saying I was right, but the market was a bit choppy on smaller timeframes. So here we have to concentrate the zones, and time, and less for the price action on smaller timeframes.

My easy to calculate on market open zones played out well but ofcourse you need some market sense to understand what will the market probably do.

(1) Long for sure. No need to trend down on quite day.
(2) I am investigating this picture as I told. At least to do not go long... We will see
(3) Easy piece of cake trade. Really timing perfect, no need to go further or flush out the market. So this is the time to go long
(4) if you are not done here, than that is an issue You have to make a judgment call Trend down, or go back to range? Reason to go down further? Not too much. Reason to go back to range? That is a normal behavior. So skip the choppy price action, and play out the easy way in this case. If you not right, than something smelly going on anyway...

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(3) Perfect picture, if you are following @Underexposed thread about MACD and width pictures

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Lumosity - DONE - new high
Running - DONE
Meditation - DONE

Day expectation: new news, slow moo market, patient is the key.

The day was as it expected. I made a huge mistake on entry, cost my 50 USD B
ut one shot one kill. Done for the day

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I have almost every trade log. Almost means almost, only those not when I nullfied my trading account. Anyhow, I was just browsing around, and I have been found these beauties from 2013:

If I count right 12 entry... It is sometimes goood to look back, and make us remember what not to do again...

But as I told you, I love gambling:


And I can do it in 10 minutes as well


But everybody can improve, and nobody has to loose as many as I have been lost in the begining. Choose a @TopstepTrader combine, and burn demo account money, instead of yours, if you would like to put a stake into your demo trading. If not just simply use SIM. And as my good friend @daddy says: "Screen time screen time screen time..." will help you to improve And ofc a good journal here at futures.io (formerly BMT)

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My mind and my body was not in harmony. Missed the usual entry, because I was betting trend down. Paid my price.

But, BUT. Changed team, when all picture has shown me I have to change the side.
Enter without confirmation
And make the day to BE

Now I have to go to get the kids, my wife had some issue at work. Trade smart! I call it a day....

PS:
Takeaway for today: Don't make a bigger looser from small one. I was not feeling the mood, but my mind was in the right place and time. So I was ready to go withdraw, and accept my missed picture (cost me 300USD) and do not try to beat the market if I am green.
If IF the picture is not working but you are trading right, than you have bigger chance for some clarity. But if the picture is nice, and you are trading wrong, than even if you are going to trade right, the picture could be dismissed... So go away!

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I met a friend today. He was one of my old customer and he used to work high position. He was a good man, nobody liked him because he was strong and agile. Then he got fired, but he got enough savings to do not think on hard work again. Anyway after 5 years past he looked like much younger and stronger than those years. He was asking me about how is my life was going on:
"I am trading"
"I see, and what else do you do?"
"Nothing, I am concentrating only trading..."
"Where is the money come from than" - I was thinking so you think that to live from trading is impossible. Good start...
"Not from me, I am still learning. My wife forcuneatly has a job so we can manage our living..."
"Ah, so you are looking for a job"
"No I am good."
"Hm, you should looking for another opportunity. Trading is not good for living"

Than he started to speak about books which is ensuring his position about trading is not for living. And you know what. I totally do agree with him.
It is a most easiest thing to say this to someone. He want to save some money. DO NOT LEARN TO TRADE, do not even think to put any money to the market, because you will lose it, but never ever think on that you will able to trade for living. The thing is that, I am really not able to guess what is the best characteristic for trading. I have read a lots of books, but no one can really say it. If you are strong, you could be a teacher, if you are clever you cloud be a scientist and so on and so force. But no-one will say you. He be a trader, you could make any money on the market.

The sad side of the story, if you feel that you have to try it, and if you are failing, most probably it will hurt you. Yes it is sad, but the good news is that, it will make you stronger

But my point is the following. If you become a successful trader none of your old friends will understand that what you are doing, and how you are doing. But if you fail, everybody could claim that: I told you so!

Evil world

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Hi @matevisky, your point is so true. I think to be a good trader since it does take most of us 4-7 years to make a living out of it. I mean 4-7 years of nothing but living and breathing only trading. You must be a strong person mentalily and you must have a strong intercircle of strong people around you who got your back when things are not going as hoped. Again, great post, and way to walk through this small road carefully, its fun seeing you succeed. Keep up the good work.


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I met a friend today. He was one of my old customer and he used to work high position. He was a good man, nobody liked him because he was strong and agile. Then he got fired, but he got enough savings to do not think on hard work again. Anyway after 5 years past he looked like much younger and stronger than those years. He was asking me about how is my life was going on:
"I am trading"
"I see, and what else do you do?"
"Nothing, I am concentrating only trading..."
"Where is the money come from than" - I was thinking so you think that to live from trading is impossible. Good start...
"Not from me, I am still learning. My wife forcuneatly has a job so we can manage our living..."
"Ah, so you are looking for a job"
"No I am good."
"Hm, you should looking for another opportunity. Trading is not good for living"

Than he started to speak about books which is ensuring his position about trading is not for living. And you know what. I totally do agree with him.
It is a most easiest thing to say this to someone. He want to save some money. DO NOT LEARN TO TRADE, do not even think to put any money to the market, because you will lose it, but never ever think on that you will able to trade for living. The thing is that, I am really not able to guess what is the best characteristic for trading. I have read a lots of books, but no one can really say it. If you are strong, you could be a teacher, if you are clever you cloud be a scientist and so on and so force. But no-one will say you. He be a trader, you could make any money on the market.

The sad side of the story, if you feel that you have to try it, and if you are failing, most probably it will hurt you. Yes it is sad, but the good news is that, it will make you stronger

But my point is the following. If you become a successful trader none of your old friends will understand that what you are doing, and how you are doing. But if you fail, everybody could claim that: I told you so!

Evil world


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Here is one of my favorite life index. I love this one, because it could tell me a lots of thing about me. Unforwcuneatly I don't have clean data from the past, and was not able to get it either, but the bigger stones are there... As almost every instrument in the beginning it was 0 and the peak as you can see is 114-117, now it is falling back hit the 100, where didn't bounces back, just crushed it over, after a long fight.
And the million dollar question: What is your opinion go short/long on this one? Or w8 for the breakout below 97, than go short, or w8 for the retest at 100 than go short, or simple just hit long because of the double bottom area at 97.8?


I don't have better chart for this, so please sorry about that, but I really would like to see some analysis on this from you guys (do not take it too serious. Every decision will be made by me at the end, and I will keep you updated what happened with this instrument!)

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Here is one of my favorite life index. I love this one, because it could tell me a lots of thing about me. Unforwcuneatly I don't have clean data from the past, and was not able to get it either, but the bigger stones are there... As almost every instrument in the beginning it was 0 and the peak as you can see is 114-117, now it is falling back hit the 100, where didn't bounces back, just crushed it over, after a long fight.
And the million dollar question: What is your opinion go short/long on this one? Or w8 for the breakout below 97, than go short, or w8 for the retest at 100 than go short, or simple just hit long because of the double bottom area at 97.8?


I don't have better chart for this, so please sorry about that, but I really would like to see some analysis on this from you guys (do not take it too serious. Every decision will be made by me at the end, and I will keep you updated what happened with this instrument!)

What is this?

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What is this?

Bob.

I will let you know, shortly, still waiting some analysis

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I will let you know, shortly, still waiting some analysis

That's what I thought .

OK, since we don't know what it is, put a buy stop just above the curved line: buy it on an uptick.

If it drops below the current range, cancel the buy stop and sell market.

Don't blame me if this doesn't work out, nor if this analysis doesn't really say what to do.... I would trade it as a range and wait for the breakout. I would not trade it before that.

Since this probably isn't something that is actually traded, who knows what to do? But that's my suggestion.

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Here is one of my favorite life index. I love this one, because it could tell me a lots of thing about me. Unforwcuneatly I don't have clean data from the past, and was not able to get it either, but the bigger stones are there... As almost every instrument in the beginning it was 0 and the peak as you can see is 114-117, now it is falling back hit the 100, where didn't bounces back, just crushed it over, after a long fight.
And the million dollar question: What is your opinion go short/long on this one? Or w8 for the breakout below 97, than go short, or w8 for the retest at 100 than go short, or simple just hit long because of the double bottom area at 97.8?


I don't have better chart for this, so please sorry about that, but I really would like to see some analysis on this from you guys (do not take it too serious. Every decision will be made by me at the end, and I will keep you updated what happened with this instrument!)

I'd do it classic: go long above the resistance, and put your stop to the low of the curve, to let it move. If it turns back, of course. I wouldn't short it, looks desperate for a correction.

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It has been a red day. I am feel sorry specially because of the last trade. I was trying to get out from it but I didn't have the gots just to close it, and accept the loss. I am trying to think what have been go wrong, to mistreated the whole day, and the only thing what I can think on is to overthink the day.

Prepare the bigger moves, and not accept that sometimes it is not happening. Sometimes the market is simple, and that's why I have simple rules, to play out right the simple. I did not. I paid my price. I would/could say that I am sorry, but I am not. I am checking over and over again, I am checking other indexes, like NQ, and it was down. It was reasonable to play the short, what was not reasonable to go with a STOP big like that.

But once again the whole day was mistreated, because of the fact to follow up trades. First because of the news was coming, than the top was not noticeable at least for me. There was some levels, but I thought it will be a retest only. It was not.... than drop, play the pop up, which not happened...

I have to accept this loss, and focus on monday. I am not in the mood to write the report for the week, but I will don't afraid. I am in green (+200USD or what...) Which is not a huge winner in 6 days, but managed to stick with the rules, and don't hit any major rules, which is important for the future.




If you would like to cheer me up help me with the chart from the prevues posts...

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Be careful with fridays. One rule that you could adopt is that if you're marginally profitable for the week then maybe just avoid trading friday's all together. Otherwise, you get into the trap of trying to make up on the last day of the week. Personally, if I'm not where I want to be, profitwise, by end of day Thursday, I just take Friday off.

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Be careful with fridays. One rule that you could adopt is that if you're marginally profitable for the week then maybe just avoid trading friday's all together. Otherwise, you get into the trap of trying to make up on the last day of the week. Personally, if I'm not where I want to be, profitwise, by end of day Thursday, I just take Friday off.

Agree completely, can be great, often bad, but always tricksy with both sides getting messed with.

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Mate, think about your winning days percentage. I mean, come on, it is your first red day, isn't it? You showed consistency before, you'll show some more consistent winning. Just stick to your rules.

I noted one thing on myself: if I treat the winnings as my money, the inevitable losing is much harder. I try not to count the tokens while at the table, I do it only at the cashiers - end of month what counts. And with your consistency, end of month will be green.

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I made a scratch trade. But I got out, because of if I am done I am done rule. It was good to fight with my ego, it is good to learn some hard days. @daddy has right. Based on the P&L it is more than good, based on my past performance it is not so good, but he this is real money now

Anyhow, just to cheer up you guys, to do not get sad, for the weekend! So the chart was my weight diagram. Thank you for the participation all 2 great member of this site. The question is that could I go further down and keep myself there, maybe reach the dreamy 90kg, or I will turn back, and go faty daddy again? Keep you posted about this as well. But What I wanted to highlight here, how the numbers are works. 100 is a rounded number, but because I am doing a weight test regulary I am always keen to keep my weight below that So there was some consolidation area after a huge loss, and hope it is coming more, even the winter is not good for running and lose weight

Cheers Mate

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But my point is the following. If you become a successful trader none of your old friends will understand that what you are doing, and how you are doing. But if you fail, everybody could claim that: I told you so!

This is true, and being successful traders we will not care as we will have so many new friends from Big Mike's Trading and the other people we talk trading with.

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I made a scratch trade. But I got out, because of if I am done I am done rule. It was good to fight with my ego, it is good to learn some hard days. @daddy has right. Based on the P&L it is more than good, based on my past performance it is not so good, but he this is real money now

Anyhow, just to cheer up you guys, to do not get sad, for the weekend! So the chart was my weight diagram. Thank you for the participation all 2 great member of this site. The question is that could I go further down and keep myself there, maybe reach the dreamy 90kg, or I will turn back, and go faty daddy again? Keep you posted about this as well. But What I wanted to highlight here, how the numbers are works. 100 is a rounded number, but because I am doing a weight test regulary I am always keen to keep my weight below that So there was some consolidation area after a huge loss, and hope it is coming more, even the winter is not good for running and lose weight

Cheers Mate

top graph: weight
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Mate,

Both weight and body fat look good
Okay you want to keep weight off, maybe you are using the wrong measure.
It sounds as if you are in fairly good shape, so maybe just the % body fat or waist line measure would work best.

Make sure to keep your water and fiber intake up to keep your system flushed out.
Also I think we all put on weight when we have young kids. The kids take over our lives and our routine goes out the window.

Another thing that helps to keep your weight down is to eat your big meal for breakfast, a smaller meal for lunch and snack for dinner.

Hope this helps.

Oh by the way your weight chart reminds me a bit of what I also have found about losing or gaining weight. It seems like there are plateaus we hit where nothing we do will make our weight go past that plateau, just like resistance on a stock chart. Then when we break through the plateau very little is required to get to the next plateau. If we are gaining after second plateau we are in trouble. If we are losing weight, after the second plateau we really should think about not losing so much weight that we end up in a pine box.

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I made a scratch trade. But I got out, because of if I am done I am done rule. It was good to fight with my ego, it is good to learn some hard days. @daddy has right. Based on the P&L it is more than good, based on my past performance it is not so good, but he this is real money now

Anyhow, just to cheer up you guys, to do not get sad, for the weekend! So the chart was my weight diagram. Thank you for the participation all 2 great member of this site. The question is that could I go further down and keep myself there, maybe reach the dreamy 90kg, or I will turn back, and go faty daddy again? Keep you posted about this as well. But What I wanted to highlight here, how the numbers are works. 100 is a rounded number, but because I am doing a weight test regulary I am always keen to keep my weight below that So there was some consolidation area after a huge loss, and hope it is coming more, even the winter is not good for running and lose weight

Cheers Mate

top graph: weight
bottom graph: fat %

So, according to my setup, my trade review:
"go long above the resistance" - you should stay below 100, otherwise you might can't stop gaining some more,
"if it turns back, of course" - the consolidation is possible and sustainable,
"I wouldn't short it, looks desperate for a correction" - you'll never be the next Twiggy, but with enough willpower you can approach your dream weight.

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Here is my report, what I have been posting over and over again. Daily routines checked:
(running, lumosity, meditation etc...)

(we have a new low in my weight, I will post a graph next week about that as well 97.2! is it a false breakout or not? we will see)

There is the TST report and some comment:

Not good and not bad at all. Speaking of frankly, It is what it is. I was checking the price move all friday nights, with a wine in my hand. I was playing with a thought to get in now get in now, but Never hit the button. I was patient, I had seen a lots of good opportunity passad on, I was expecting a big moves, but Friday ended up with a DOJI day. I felt some sorry, to didnt played out my easy strategy very well on a doji day, but on the otherhad I felt proudness to didnt jump in foulish positions just to justify my original idea about a trend down move.
So I did some reasearch over the weekend, I will do more. It is more about a SL management, and expected movements. Not a big deal, but a good sign when to give up a position. It could be superhelpful, not lifechanger, no holy grail, just an expectency what should the market do to justify my call.

So the week report:
- Monday was great
- Tuesday was skipped because of the veterand day
- Wendesday was good, not great because of the stop management. It would have been better
- Thursday was bad. Didnt played my strategy, paid my price
- Friday was very bad, but I have ensured my mind is oke to make good calls

Also my daily routin is in the right place. I went for jogging today too, so no need to worry about next week. See you soon!

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Keep them winning ones run!

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Here`s the secret(don`t tell anyone).According to the Murphy's Law,what might have happened will happen without fail.The good news is that this rule also implies to the positive event/outcome.

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Great close of the day, with a morning run. I am getting back my old habit, run every day of the week, which is great. I do not afraid about that I will not run during the winter, which is also great, So knowing this give me more power to start knowing other things as well. Life is great!

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My wife is out with the kids. I am at home, and doing what I love to do. All the must have activities done for today, so the sweet part coming:
- 2 chart
- 1 excel sheet
- 1 good wine

Doing historicals. I did not do it, with my new indicators (levels etc), so it is time to analyze it again for the last 350 days... 1 month/day is a good speed I guess. It is not about finding a holy grail, it is about knowing your system past performance.

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Funny story from the weekend, what I can not tell you, but got me thinking about my gambling issues. All books and studies show you are not able to cure the addiction, the only thing what you can do, is to avoid it. I was thinking about this stuff a lot. I was the biggest gambler, when I had a lot of money to spend and there was no real reason to living. Than I met my wife, she helped me a lot, but where she did the best is she show me a future life a possibility what I can live on. I am not saying that after that I never felt some temptation to go and play in casino, but I accepted these studies, and things, I have managed these feelings.


When I have been started to learn trading, my biggest discovery was, to see how much better way to spend my money where at least I have a chance to win. Same thing, playing with odds, but at least the odds could be in your favor. But and here is another important thing. Even if there a strategy in casino to beat the bank (meaning they are doing it for charity) the gambler would lose money in a long run.

This is very important. Because you have to change your mindset, not only from I am doing it for fun, but I would like to earn money from my system. So if you KNOW by fact, how your trades looks like, what is the Take Profit level which should be hit, in which time, than you are throwing away money, also if you are not playing by your books. One trade, and one act never ever could justify the methodology is right or wrong behind it. It will be only statistic...

So with this change and yes - mind over body does matter - I do not feel any temptation to go to casino at all. It is just like trading a market without data (not without chart, because there at least I would have some chance ).

And I hate this picture. Ofc it is a good one but I hate it. Because what you need as a start a feasible plan to know where is the treasure. So you can dig as much as you can, with

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But you CAN lose. So my belief is work smart, and work hard, and you can't lose, because if you have the right mindset, and you do the right thing, you are already a winner!

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We had a good conversation today with @daddy. He was complaining about a good medatation course here in Hungary. My belief about it to do not try to start big. @bd92154 also mentioned good sites, but I was looking for something else. I was not able to explain it what, but else. So I was listening Tim Ferris today, and told my self, what the hack, I will give him a credit, to spam me emails. Lets see what happens ( Tim Ferriss and The 4 Hour Workweek ). So guess what. One of his favorite app is headspace. This is what I need. This is what you need if you would like to start mediation, and you are a total newbie just like me:



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So, my market view was drop, drop hard. Based on my analysis (later I have been checked again, and I was wrong obviously ) I was 100% sure about the drop. After the 2. gift, it was hard to put my mind into a right place but I did it. I was waiting the market, to comeback for me, and enter long. I believe this is one of the hardest thing to do. You have the confirmation about your plan has been failed, but you are not allow to enter at the confirmation, you have to wait to come back (which could be another confirmation to go down right ) Oh lol... anyhow. Entered long, made a trend target (40 tick based on my level indicator as you can see...) and wait.

Market come back again. Big breath. Wait... smile...

This is when your mind body is at the right place at the right time. Maybe the first trade was early, but hey, I had a view to dropping, it was a cool entry

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I am proud. I was checking back the market moves, and I played out very well the math. My winning trade was taking out the most probable Take Profit level based on my studies. Yes I have excel sheet, I know the math behind, and I know what to expect in the first 90 mins. But to hold the trade after 2 gift till hit the target, that is something...

I am showing the picture just because what the market did after that is very common - normal rotation day: shoot up, come back to opening range, shoot up again. The 2nd shoot almost hit the TP3 level 5 tick miss. It is very wise to take this trade, but only if the picture is pretty like this. Never ever take this kind a trade prematurely
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PS: And once again. It is one thing to know what is the outcome, but another thing is to hold a trade with full scale to hit it. Hm... these kind of trades give me great confident about the work and study what I put into it And ofc you right. You will never now, but you do not have to know. You are calling a trade which is 1:4 R:R, and you know that you have more than 50% chance to hit TP2 a situations like this. After that you do not care is it today, or next week, you have to go for it!

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Question: You have a gameplan you have to run every day, before trading. You can always make a judgment call not to run, if the it is wise not to do it, but the plan is simple, run if you can do it. So, it is raining hard. You are sitting in the room nice comfortable chair, it is hot inside, checking mails etc... Will you go for it or just cancel it because of the weather?

Ofc I did go for it. I am not saying I am a superman, and I will do it every time (even it is snowing etc...) but EVERY time when I can do it, every time, when I can put my mind over my body needs, it is a great step forward

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It was easy. I moved my stop, dont know why. Paid my price, stopped out by 1 tikc (if i would not moved, it would have been a winner)
Reenter, than worst exit ever
Become crazy, than see clarity, and managed the profit target well, as you can see

So this is what it is. A winner

Ps: Otherwise, the VPS was slow from home, but it is my internet fault. At my friend where I am right now, this is perfect... shit, need a better provider
ps2: THx @daddy you were a good trading buddy

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Hey guys. I do know that this is not my best day of my life, but I fought hard. Please give me some good word, or bad, but some feedback at least... THx!

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Hey guys. I do know that this is not my best day of my life, but I fought hard. Please give me some good word, or bad, but some feedback at least... THx!

those things will happen again and again. They will become less eventually but I honestly doubt that you won't "mess up" some days. The only thing that is crucial is that you know when enough is enough.

And as you ended the day with a good trade that seemingly fits your rules, you seem to be able to recover from mental stress. .

So don't be too harsh to yourself.

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those things will happen again and again. They will become less eventually but I honestly doubt that you won't "mess up" some days. The only thing that is crucial is that you know when enough is enough.

And as you ended the day with a good trade that seemingly fits your rules, you seem to be able to recover from mental stress. .

So don't be too harsh to yourself.

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Thank you guys. Thank you @freestyler keeps me good.

Thx... I am just putting my thoughts into words without filtering. Try to give you full honesty instead of crap, and full consistency, and sometimes need some good words to keep me on track.. So THANK YOU GUYS!!!!

At least I know I am not alone with my fight !

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Thx... I am just putting my thoughts into words without filtering. Try to give you full honesty instead of crap, and full consistency, and sometimes need some good words to keep me on track..

You are on track, just stay calm. You just went a bit bored crazy and rather manic in the gap time between passing the combine and waiting for the funded account to start. Sorry to say but it was obvious to watch (I know these things *very* well.)

Murphy's Law also said you would have some difficult days to kick off the new status, that's normal and you shouldn't worry, you describe real life well, just do what you do, tell it like you do and all will go as it should.

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You are on track, just stay calm. You just went a bit bored crazy and rather manic in the gap time between passing the combine and waiting for the funded account to start. Sorry to say but it was obvious to watch (I know these things *very* well.)

Murphy's Law also said you would have some difficult days to kick off the new status, that's normal and you shouldn't worry, you describe real life well, just do what you do, tell it like you do and all will go as it should.

Best Wishes and Good Trading.

Cheers

I feel it. I have been checked a lots of journal not lots but some after how they screwed the real life trading. I hope I will overcome, and I will successed... There are a lots of bad example out here... Hope i will be not one of them...

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I feel it. I have been checked a lots of journal not lots but some after how they screwed the real life trading. I hope I will overcome, and I will successed... There are a lots of bad example out here... Hope i will be not one of them...

You certainly have shown that you can succeed, so you probably won't be "one of them."

But if you do, well, you have shown that you can succeed, so you would just need to pick yourself up and do it again. At this point, the question of having the proven ability has been settled, so if you make some mistakes, don't worry, you can recover.

Just keep trading the way you normally do, as other people have said. You will do fine, no matter what happens in the short run.

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I feel it. I have been checked a lots of journal not lots but some after how they screwed the real life trading. I hope I will overcome, and I will successed... There are a lots of bad example out here... Hope i will be not one of them...

There is *no* rush. You will be fine.

Breathe and walk first. Then the trading and the running will come.

Honestly, the biggest difference for me has been learning how to win calmly and lose calmly in the same day. That one has been more important than all other door keys.

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There is *no* rush. You will be fine.

Breathe and walk first. Then the trading and the running will come.

Honestly, the biggest difference for me has been learning how to win calmly and lose calmly in the same day. That one has been more important than all other door keys.

Yes I know. And I am overcoming my weakness over and over again. And even if it is not a full winner day, it is VERY GOOD TO KNOW I can beatmyself. I can switch side, swithc view when it is need. I can go for good profits, instead of stopped out badly like I did it first, and THIS IS something....

Oh man.... Thank you for your support it means a lot!

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We have a new holy grail indicator idea with @daddy. I need some more testing, than I will do the programing. Anyhow, it is not a big thing ofc. You have to guess the bias right, also you have to choose a good location also, but if you can do this, than it gives you a perfect location entry... Why am I writing this? Dunno Just letting you know guys to stay tuned. If it will work, I will do some post, right now it is really just an idea (but a good one I can tell...) As @daddy wrote it, it could also guess the future:P

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Hi Mate, I followed your story and you already did an impressive result.
If I can give you an advice, don't put even more pressure than what already is on your job. Try to avoid to overthink what you do, be relaxed and I know for what I've read what means this for you, but anyway this will not be your last trading opportunity in your life both you succeed with it or not.
And don't think you have anything to prove to yourself or someone else, it will only make your trading worst.

Keep doing a good job, follow your rules but don't focus yourself too much on the single day outcome and results will come with time.

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Love the transparency, which I believe makes us such better traders (people too)

I just heard this morning on a podcast from Rande Howell, these words... "When did beating yourself up over trading results ever contribute to a positive outcome?" Then he went on to talk about treating mistakes as road signs that show us where we need to go. So if we are open to looking for them, we will see where we need to go.

I haven't had time to review your whole journal, but I heard your interview and I have to say from where you have come to where you are today is an encouragement for all of us in a similar journey. You will get to that goal... then you will establish another higher goal, and work on getting there too.

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A good day, after a bad target management. Really What the hell I am w8 for after a 2 min drop? drop for more?

Oh hell, anyhow, Managent it be a winner for a second run...
Come back later to check on replies, have to go to doctor with my little one (the girl)

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@montanajtt : Thank you, you are absolutly right. The bests trades ever, what I take on a valid signal, at the valid time, and getting the valid results. All the trades what I don't take at a good spot time signal are usually a looser. The game is here to prove your brain over and over again, you will be the winner at the end. You can overcome your feeling emotions etc, and you can succeed.
In the beginning I do remember, one day. It was +350USD winner. Than I sat back to the computer and made it -600USD. Than I sat back again, and it become -1100USD. What I told in the beginning is still true. In one hand you can be quick, but on the other hand you have to prove it to yourself, you can do it for BE as well, if the market moves in a good manner. But all these things comes with a

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@Yukoner : Thank you. It is important to know everybody is difference. To write a journal like this, and share things with others always come with a character as well. For me it is not too hard to share my feelings, and put it into words, others maybe it is harder. Writing a journal has to be a good thing for you, and a disciplined one. You have to do it in some level (my journal is very very sloppy, I am not checking my blood pressure, my feelings to take the trade, only taking it and that's all. I have some routine to do, but it is before trading, and not during trading) But I try to be always very open when I am putting it into words...
So Yes, writing a journal is a good thing, and a step from many of others, which teach you to follow things, what you did not follow in the past And hey, this is what trading is about. Try to act like never did before to be a winner on the market

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Hi Maté

just wanted to vote - but - oops only facebook login
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Sorry Neo! No votes allowed from outside of the matrix only from inside

Same problem I don't have a facebook account, so practically maybe I doesn't exist?!

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Me too....

But maybe it's better to not be in the Matrix.

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Voted.
Absolutely love Fjällräven products, they have the coolest backpacks.

Bob, you know,

I know this steak isn't real in the matrix. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After years you know what I realised?

[Takes a bite of steak]

Ignorance is bliss.

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I will skip these days for real till I am not allow to hold through news... News at 8:45, and 9:00. The methodology is the following. The market was dropped badly, so it will go back up. If bad news coming already dropped a lot, so it will be not a huge impact, but if good news is coming it is a winner.
But because I am a junior trader, I am not allow to hold trades over news... So this is what it is...

Anyhow, I managed 100USD, Simply I was not in the mood to hold a trade, after I already read the market right twice...

So this is what it is A good green day. And it is my last day. So tomorrow I will make a 10 days report. Almost reached 1K USD, which is not bad (converting it to 7 lots it is 3.5K USD a bit below of my performance of the combine, but consistency is still there, so I don't care )

Also made 2 days (a big looser) and a small winner because of the news, but once again. NO COMPLAIN just facts!

Have a great day all to you

PS - edit: My exit was meaningful. We have been closed the GAP. Only error was here, I was thinking for go long for a second, than I call it a day in my mind, because there was no strong support arena. Anyway. This is what it is A good day! And a good exit from a weak pullback, which has been spotted and I gave up the position with discipline...

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Dear all! I hate to ask things but this is about my sister dream and not a big deal just one vote. She loves dogs and hate cold but she would like to win this competition in Hungary. We both know it is not about who is to cutest it is about who share more this thing so I would appropriate your vote to her if it is not to big thing to ask
Bernadett Dókas entry for Fjällräven Polar


I voted!

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Here is the report. The friday loss, is big, and ugly, all the other things are nice and steady...


PS: all trade was taken with 2 contract (YM) with 10 tick initial stop. Only once broke the rule and set 20 tick SL = friday paid my price badly...

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Oh man, another great day for run, and getting to confidence to run during winter time. I missed 1 run this week only, which is great. I was walking a lot instead. Other activities what I love is lumosity - have to pay for it sooner or later, but I will wait my first paying from TST team, and headspace, which is really really great before trading meditation...
So as Mr. Tim Ferriss said, do not live your life after getting your money, start live your dream before you have the money!


The best thing about running a weather like this, you are alone. And when you are alone, you know that you are DOING GREAT. Doing unusual thing will pay you off in a long run!

References:
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- Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity
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Enter a bit soon, but I had to try, the market was going up, so drop should come. I have new high shorting, but it was worth to try. It is friday, no news, nothing, so 17 tick was good enough for me to call it a day. Call me chichken, but speaking frankly, I dont have any idea right now, what it will do, thus no more trade for today

Funny fact. My weight is also dropping as my profit growth, we are printing 96... 95 here we gooooo

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Oh ye baby it is happening. I believe everybody has his own dream. My biggest dream is to help people. I do know that I am not able to help everyone. During my professional life I have been faced many many challenges during delivering projects, creating offers, negotiation prices. What I have been learnt there it is impossible to make everyone happy, it is impossible to be loved by everyone, but it is possible, to create value for some who believes you. If you are on the lucky side, these "some" will be many, but as long they will be many, there will be many on the other side as well. If you have lovers, you will have haters, if you are in the middle, nobody will notice you.

What I love about trading, I can always make a good example of a trading situation how do I approach a real life problem in a trading situation. So here is the many VS some example with Value Area:

Please understand that being in the crowd is not a bad thing. It is just a different choice how you would like to trade, live your life, what is the best fit for you. We are all different, everybody has different desire, and life to live. It is not about doing good or bad thing, it is about to living the life what you would like to live. So getting back to my story I believe it is a great example how did I live my professional life.
If my call was a winner, it was a huge winner, if it was a looser, usually it turns our very quickly to tune my vision for different view.

Oke oke, but why the earth I am writing this down. You will smile: I got the first DISLIKE to my TST interview. IT IS AWSOME MAN... really. Somebody simple just hate me, and put a dislike seeing my name, or he did hear my interview and than dislike it. I am on the right path! I have my first haters, which feels so good, i am not in the MIDDLE!

And one more thing. I've just spoke with a guy from Australia. He is doing online stuff and business, and he was encouraging me to write a book. Do not get it wrong. I do not want to write any book about my trading style. It is not legit at all. But my feelings are. So I will give it a try. Mark will help me out, and going to say is it good or bad, also will help me out with correcting my english. So you can ask what will is about. Won't tell yet It will be not long, but another challenge for my ego.
Funny story about it, during my 2nd grade at high-school I had to make a second examination at the end of the year from Hungarian grammar and literature. My teacher told me never ever try to do any business which is connected to any communication because I am a failure. It is always a good sign if somebody tells you you are a failure

So this is it for today, here are the takeaway links:
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- https://www.linkedin.com/in/matevisky linkedin profile

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Oh ye baby it is happening. I believe everybody has his own dream. My biggest dream is to help people. I do know that I am not able to help everyone. During my professional life I have been faced many many challenges during delivering projects, creating offers, negotiation prices. What I have been learnt there it is impossible to make everyone happy, it is impossible to be loved by everyone, but it is possible, to create value for some who believes you. If you are on the lucky side, these "some" will be many, but as long they will be many, there will be many on the other side as well. If you have lovers, you will have haters, if you are in the middle, nobody will notice you.

What I love about trading, I can always make a good example of a trading situation how do I approach a real life problem in a trading situation. So here is the many VS some example with Value Area:

Please understand that being in the crowd is not a bad thing. It is just a different choice how you would like to trade, live your life, what is the best fit for you. We are all different, everybody has different desire, and life to live. It is not about doing good or bad thing, it is about to living the life what you would like to live. So getting back to my story I believe it is a great example how did I live my professional life.
If my call was a winner, it was a huge winner, if it was a looser, usually it turns our very quickly to tune my vision for different view.

Oke oke, but why the earth I am writing this down. You will smile: I got the first DISLIKE to my TST interview. IT IS AWSOME MAN... really. Somebody simple just hate me, and put a dislike seeing my name, or he did hear my interview and than dislike it. I am on the right path! I have my first haters, which feels so good, i am not in the MIDDLE!

And one more thing. I've just spoke with a guy from Australia. He is doing online stuff and business, and he was encouraging me to write a book. Do not get it wrong. I do not want to write any book about my trading style. It is not legit at all. But my feelings are. So I will give it a try. Mark will help me out, and going to say is it good or bad, also will help me out with correcting my english. So you can ask what will is about. Won't tell yet It will be not long, but another challenge for my ego.
Funny story about it, during my 2nd grade at high-school I had to make a second examination at the end of the year from Hungarian grammar and literature. My teacher told me never ever try to do any business which is connected to any communication because I am a failure. It is always a good sign if somebody tells you you are a failure

So this is it for today, here are the takeaway links:
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interview with TST
- https://www.linkedin.com/in/matevisky linkedin profile



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If I will be not chicken tomorrow, and the picture will be right, and clear, I will give a try to my trending strategy for 200 tick profit target, 50tick trailing (with 10 tick original stop ofc). My guess the market will drop before the GDP, to have space to go up So if the technicals are going to be right, there is no reason for me to not to try it... Just letting you know... finger xossed:P

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If I will be not chicken tomorrow, and the picture will be right, and clear, I will give a try to my trending strategy for 200 tick profit target, 50tick trailing (with 10 tick original stop ofc). My guess the market will drop before the GDP, to have space to go up So if the technicals are going to be right, there is no reason for me to not to try it... Just letting you know... finger xossed:P

Mate,

The reason I ask is that with the way the ES trades in the moment following your reasoning wouldn't a late Monday afternoon drop say around 2 to 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time be what you were looking for?

Off Topic: Funny growing up in US I always thought there was only one Eastern Standard Time, but Australia has their own EST, curious how many other countries in the world have EST also....

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Mate,

The reason I ask is that with the way the ES trades in the moment following your reasoning wouldn't a late Monday afternoon drop say around 2 to 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time be what you were looking for?

Off Topic: Funny growing up in US I always thought there was only one Eastern Standard Time, but Australia has their own EST, curious how many other countries in the world have EST also....

Have a great trading day tomorrow my friend.

I am not overplaning it. I will trade what I see, but I see the opportunity to a bigger drop before the GDP data today. I will play my game, I do not have a short sentiment at all, but if the picture will be nice for a drop, I will not hesitate to take it and sit back and w8 for my ATM to decied am I right or wrong.

I have an analysis on YM moves, 200 tick+ so If I catch 1-2 moves like this / year it is a positive strategy I am not over pushing it all

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Maybe you can detail a little snippet of information about the content of your proposed book, I mean, is it a fictional novel, or trading related, or a travelling guide to Hungary or what - give us something!

I've wrote a few fictional short stories over the years, some good, some not so good, always fun though.


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Haha. I do know that I was calling short for 200 tick, but I was getting lamed out by Ninjatrader DOM. It was a long time when I used, now I was starting it again to get better entries on @sam028 VPS. It is cool, if you know what you are doing. I did not, so started with 1 gift, and 2-3 scratch trade at a blink So going into war with -15 tick loss, I decieded to call it a day after the GAP close and see you tomorrow

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If I will be not chicken tomorrow, and the picture will be right, and clear, I will give a try to my trending strategy for 200 tick profit target, 50tick trailing (with 10 tick original stop ofc). My guess the market will drop before the GDP, to have space to go up So if the technicals are going to be right, there is no reason for me to not to try it... Just letting you know... finger xossed:P

Mate,

My misunderstanding. I saw your ES charts prior and didn't realize you were going to try this with the YM. By the way great trade my friend, and congratulations on becoming a Funded Top Step Trader. Your interview was great!!!!!

Now on to the ES if you look it has been nothing but sideways action today. I've noticed that the moves prior to announcements tend to be more within minutes or up to one hour prior to an announcement. That is why I pointed out to you about the GDP being Tuesday.

NT7 DOM trading is something I have yet to master, and have had the same problem with hitting the wrong darn buttons. I just stick to the chart trader, but whatever works for each of us right

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Mate,

My misunderstanding. Since your charts before making this statement were mostly ES charts and you didn't say that you were going to try this with the YM, I did not realize you intended this strategy with an YM trade. By the way great trade my friend, and congratulations on becoming a Funded Top Step Trader. Your interview was great!!!!!

Now on to the ES if you look it has been nothing but sideways action today. I've noticed that the moves prior to announcements tend to be more within minutes or up to one hour prior to an announcement. That is why I pointed out to you about the GDP being Tuesday.

NT7 DOM trading is something I have yet to master, and have had the same problem with hitting the wrong darn buttons. I just stick to the chart trader, but whatever works for each of us right

Have a great rest of your day.

Hehe thx Bill, I am trying to keep up consistency instead of overtrading or overthinking. I was not seen the picture in the morning to shoot for a big drop, so I have been dropped my idea I have not checked back what happened, the GAP close was a good target, further more I do not care at all Tomorrow will be interesting.

I do not trade the ES. It is too much noise, and it is a slow mover for me. You know master one index and one index only, and you can be profitable there than there is no reason to look elsewhere

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One of my favorite episode from Band of brothers is this : "Band of Brothers" Why We Fight (TV Episode 2001) - IMDb . The key messages the brain always have to find something to justify the act and scarify what he is doing. Really. We need meaning. We need it so badly, which sometimes makes us blind, and I do not want to make anyone blind here.
Fighting for something will not makes you a winner. Really. Repeating the same thing over and over and over again, will makes you a maniac and not a winner either. You have to be smart, but this is the hardest thing to do it during the chaos. Trading or any competitive job like poker, or being a sales person is not about the good guys will win. It is about the find something what others do not have it, and beat them. If you are winning in trading, on there other side someone will lose! You are getting paid someone else, you can have a dream about that is a big firm, but it is not important at all.
The ugly fact is that you will never know that you are doing good, till you are not doing good. It is like solving a math puzzle. When you are thinking it is looking impossible, when you have been solved it it is looks like so easy.

But, and here is the BUT you have to adopt yourself, you have to be better and better, you have to work on yourself till you are not succeeded. For me which helped the most was trying to change something over and over again:
- not only with my trading style - at the end it was the same how did I started, I had a lots of short cuts, you can read it here:
- also I am keep trying to journaling as much as I can, but when I was down, I was blind, and I was not ready to talk with anyone. Also I was ignoring a lots of good and bad advice as well. You never know. Every friend was saying to find a job, is it a good or bad advice? Not it is easy to say, probably a bad one, but back than maybe it was right. Here is a story about it:
- and I am keep trying to say also, there is no good or bad method to learn trading. I am amazed about others can trade all day for example, or trade with own platform etc... I would like to get there. But buying a new indicator, or choosing a mentor will not make any different, only if you do thing with another way. YOU have to change, and than you can be open for success. Please understand that, I do believe that a mentor/indicator could help your success, but what help the most is YOU! Here is futures.io (formerly BMT) greatest :
- And for last and not least. Do not forget where did you come from, and learn learn learn more. It is much easier to do this journaling thing, because I am doing good. And even the bad days, are going easily because I am doing good, and here is a good quote from @tigertrader

tigertrader
i'm a 100% magyar (he is also hungarian),

only the grave stops us from trading,

(and talking about it)

soros/84, birinyi/72, peterffy/70

i'm a veritable youngster compared to the above greats...

I am writing this down, because doing 20 failed combine means nothing if you are not learning from it So @TurismoTek was asking about what is the book what I would like to write. It is about trading. Learn trading. How to stop spending stupid money on trading, and spend it smart. I believe I could be legit here. So it is not about a trading system, or how to trade, it is about how to learn trade...

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when all you do is hope for the best,
things will usually turn out for the worst
when all you do, is trade not to lose
then you will end up, being like the rest

keep fighting...

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Speaking frankly we are not oke these days. The whole family is sick, I had a high fiver last night. I did not want to mention it, because I was oke this morning ( https://www.headspace.com/ meditation helped me a lot, to get sleep, and get a good healing sleep, just for your reference ) but still. The family is not oke, so small fights without real reason just come and go. We are human, and we are not perfect at all.
So my wife is sleeping with a kids in our bad, and I was not in the mood to go in sleep on the floor - really next to them. I was planing to go down the the shop and buy a cigarette to smoke. It was a good plan, so I went down, and my feet started to go my usual running route. I was not running because of the sickness in the last 2 days, so it was obvious for my body to go for a run. So instead of smoking I was walking 3-4 rounds, thinking not listening anything. The feeling to have a smoke has been disappeared and all my stress and bad feeling has been vanished.

So habits are good. It is hard to create these, but if they are there, they can keep you to do stupid things. If you are feeling some similarity with trading habits like not to loose than you are right, there is!

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With the holiday coming up, this could be a good week to not push anything too hard. Next year will be plenty long enough anyway.
Best Wishes and get well soon though.

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Speaking frankly we are not oke these days. The whole family is sick, I had a high fiver last night. I did not want to mention it, because I was oke this morning ( https://www.headspace.com/ meditation helped me a lot, to get sleep, and get a good healing sleep, just for your reference ) but still. The family is not oke, so small fights without real reason just come and go. We are human, and we are not perfect at all.
So my wife is sleeping with a kids in our bad, and I was not in the mood to go in sleep on the floor - really next to them. I was planing to go down the the shop and buy a cigarette to smoke. It was a good plan, so I went down, and my feet started to go my usual running route. I was not running because of the sickness in the last 2 days, so it was obvious for my body to go for a run. So instead of smoking I was walking 3-4 rounds, thinking not listening anything. The feeling to have a smoke has been disappeared and all my stress and bad feeling has been vanished.

So habits are good. It is hard to create these, but if they are there, they can keep you to do stupid things. If you are feeling some similarity with trading habits like not to loose than you are right, there is!

I hope you and your family get well soon. Speaking of bad habits, I tryed last 15 years to stop quit smoking but never really did. Since two years I use only e-cig, it's not like it is wealthy but it hurts just less.
So I think the meaning can be if you can't change your bad habits, find a way to make them hurt less to you

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I hope you and your family get well soon. Speaking of bad habits, I tryed last 15 years to stop quit smoking but never really did. Since two years I use only e-cig, it's not like it is wealthy but it hurts just less.

So I think the meaning can be if you can't change your bad habits, find a way to make them hurt less to you


I disagree. I would like to see my reality where I can create new hobbies and change old ones. Do not get it wrong it doesn't mean that the old bad habit is disappearing but it could be changed and forced to not used.
It is same like trading. There is a lots of book how to handle the psychology behind trading. Which will be the best fit for you ? Never know. You have to choose your own belief and you will live the life what you have been chosen.

And the funny thing is that it is doesn't matter who is right or wrong if I believe my rightness it could give me enough power to do something which looks like very unusual from outside. That's why it is a great example how could a running habits works without noticing it and preventing me to have a smoke

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One of my favorite episode from Band of brothers is this : "Band of Brothers" Why We Fight (TV Episode 2001) - IMDb . The key messages the brain always have to find something to justify the act and scarify what he is doing. Really. We need meaning. We need it so badly, which sometimes makes us blind, and I do not want to make anyone blind here.
Fighting for something will not makes you a winner. Really. Repeating the same thing over and over and over again, will makes you a maniac and not a winner either. You have to be smart, but this is the hardest thing to do it during the chaos. Trading or any competitive job like poker, or being a sales person is not about the good guys will win. It is about the find something what others do not have it, and beat them. If you are winning in trading, on there other side someone will lose! You are getting paid someone else, you can have a dream about that is a big firm, but it is not important at all.
The ugly fact is that you will never know that you are doing good, till you are not doing good. It is like solving a math puzzle. When you are thinking it is looking impossible, when you have been solved it it is looks like so easy.

But, and here is the BUT you have to adopt yourself, you have to be better and better, you have to work on yourself till you are not succeeded. For me which helped the most was trying to change something over and over again:
- not only with my trading style - at the end it was the same how did I started, I had a lots of short cuts, you can read it here:
- also I am keep trying to journaling as much as I can, but when I was down, I was blind, and I was not ready to talk with anyone. Also I was ignoring a lots of good and bad advice as well. You never know. Every friend was saying to find a job, is it a good or bad advice? Not it is easy to say, probably a bad one, but back than maybe it was right. Here is a story about it:
- and I am keep trying to say also, there is no good or bad method to learn trading. I am amazed about others can trade all day for example, or trade with own platform etc... I would like to get there. But buying a new indicator, or choosing a mentor will not make any different, only if you do thing with another way. YOU have to change, and than you can be open for success. Please understand that, I do believe that a mentor/indicator could help your success, but what help the most is YOU! Here is futures.io (formerly BMT) greatest :
- And for last and not least. Do not forget where did you come from, and learn learn learn more. It is much easier to do this journaling thing, because I am doing good. And even the bad days, are going easily because I am doing good, and here is a good quote from @tigertrader


I am writing this down, because doing 20 failed combine means nothing if you are not learning from it So @TurismoTek was asking about what is the book what I would like to write. It is about trading. Learn trading. How to stop spending stupid money on trading, and spend it smart. I believe I could be legit here. So it is not about a trading system, or how to trade, it is about how to learn trade...

mate, when say 3 days closed, what does it mean? you do not finish ?

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mate, when say 3 days closed, what does it mean? you do not finish ?


Ah got it this is about the screenshot 3 days close mean it is a continues combine so if you blow the daily limit than you have to reset is because it is wrong either way. Thus it could be that but it could be normal combine also. I would say I hit my daily limit and blow my account 70% of the trials

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@matevisky this post rang so deeply in the insides of me! Once you become a successful trader alongwith it comes such loneliness! You are unable to explain anything, say anything - sometimes you wonder if you are going mad!

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I met a friend today. He was one of my old customer and he used to work high position. He was a good man, nobody liked him because he was strong and agile. Then he got fired, but he got enough savings to do not think on hard work again. Anyway after 5 years past he looked like much younger and stronger than those years. He was asking me about how is my life was going on:
"I am trading"
"I see, and what else do you do?"
"Nothing, I am concentrating only trading..."
"Where is the money come from than" - I was thinking so you think that to live from trading is impossible. Good start...
"Not from me, I am still learning. My wife forcuneatly has a job so we can manage our living..."
"Ah, so you are looking for a job"
"No I am good."
"Hm, you should looking for another opportunity. Trading is not good for living"

Than he started to speak about books which is ensuring his position about trading is not for living. And you know what. I totally do agree with him.
It is a most easiest thing to say this to someone. He want to save some money. DO NOT LEARN TO TRADE, do not even think to put any money to the market, because you will lose it, but never ever think on that you will able to trade for living. The thing is that, I am really not able to guess what is the best characteristic for trading. I have read a lots of books, but no one can really say it. If you are strong, you could be a teacher, if you are clever you cloud be a scientist and so on and so force. But no-one will say you. He be a trader, you could make any money on the market.

The sad side of the story, if you feel that you have to try it, and if you are failing, most probably it will hurt you. Yes it is sad, but the good news is that, it will make you stronger

But my point is the following. If you become a successful trader none of your old friends will understand that what you are doing, and how you are doing. But if you fail, everybody could claim that: I told you so!

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I did a huge misstrade today. It was totally my fault, I will post the pictures later. Now I do not want to login (-600USD ouch). Here are the errors:
- I checked the news, prepaired for long because of the GDP number. NOT GOOD!
- I was trying long again and again and again.
- Finally I went short, than it was oke
- I was checking other pairs, which make my absolutly sure that we are going to south all day. We did not
- I was sticking with a short, when the market was getting back his power
- And sticking with it
- And sticking with it....

So bad day. My feelings are oke. I do not feel any shame or something like this, I was playing bad the easy one. which is always bad, I was browsing around old charts, and checking it again and again is there any mistake in my head, but I have found none.

So staying with a plan tomorrow. My entries were oke, I had made 2-3 small mistake, 1 is stop moving (obviusly it is a big one but not huge one) and I was pushing it, when there was no reason for a turn (only the pictures of other pairs)

So this is for today, see you tomorrow Not my best day, but as I told I do not feel any bad instead of I was playing my card other wise

(there is no indicator in a world, or system which can prevent you loosing if you are wrong side of the market )

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Hm. I made a quick rain check. I have done a market replay on the VPS server. 5 days. 1 week. I have not checked any news or anything (major things always at 9:00) So no expectaiton about the market at all. I was trading the first 90 mins, just in case. I have made a lots of money. Sometimes it was choppy sometimes it was not. Ofc I speeded up, but where I was keen is the entry and stop management.

Every day was a winner, and not everyday was easy. So I am oke, ready for tomorrow, no stress at all. It makes me more confident about, if I missread a market, just skip it, and not push it. (or if push it, choose a fucking side for god sake, and do not try to spot the turn. )

See ya tommorrow. I will attach the slides...

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It was starting with a perfect day. I was doing my usual short, with a good manner. Than something happened. I changed side. Do not know why, than go flat, because I was feeling something wrong. Than the market dropped, I was going long, and hit my +300USD limit, with some help from the news. My profit target was not there. It was far far away. Do not know why again, the market was act like a stranger, and I was not confident. Maybe I was planing to go with big hit moves, or who knows what, but my profit demolished in notime.

Than after some clarity, and seeing the other markets strength, I decieded to go long. My stop was far enough with a good place and everything was looking good. I blinked for a second, and 1 stopped out with 1 tick. It happens, the market nailed down the daily low, with 4 tick. My limit for these kind of moves is 3 tick. There is no good or bad solution here, only to jump back right on the train when it happened, but I was not there.

So I decieded to stop the trade, run away gotten bitten 2nd time, and look into myself. Today I was doing everything good, I had some mental breakdown in the begining, and during the take profit level (you have to know what to expect), but it was a good one. And I got bitten.

Than I read Horst email, he told me never forget that what I have learnt, I can trade, so trade. So I did trade. I have entered a pullback, bit soon, but it was a pullback, and I won back the loss. So it is a small winning day, but a winner, not a looser And I proved myself, that I can do it, if I want to do it!

So thank you Horst, this post is dedicated to you, because you are still keep your eye on my, and slap me when I starting to thinking about stupid things!

PS: Our family and my health is not getting better and better, but 4 days holiday is coming, so HAPPY THANKS GIVING or what so ever to eveyone! Stay safe, trade smart!

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Made me dance a bit, and force me to some bad entry. After this I was not pushing it, it was more than enough for a monday morning

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Have a great day everyone (it is only +300 some missclaculation from yesterday)

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Nothing too much to add. I did not want to bored anyone with statistic and other stuff right now. I am concentrating trading and consistency. As soon as my first withdraw will be hit (need a positive week) I will send the graphs and details. Till that same mantra:
- run everyday
- medidate everyday
- be consistence every day.

Make your day, make your profit, and concentrate the next day. Simple it is...

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Nothing to add, the trend was not clear, was choppy, choped out with some tick. Would be nice trade if I did not, but hey, that's life! Green dom is still green

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Quick update: I made -800usd during a transition to the Russell. My bad my loss did all the mistake what I did before. The only mistake what I did not do is to kept my account green
So I have 3 shot if it will not work out than I have spoke with John already and I can go back to do free combine again.

I was mad now I am calm. I have got out from 3 bearifull short and entered many wrong long. The good side is that what I wrote . Because I have regain my control from fear to clarity I can stay in the game and topsteotrader will help me to overcome these period. Thank you for that see you tomorrow

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Quick update: I made -800usd during a transition to the Russell. My bad my loss did all the mistake what I did before. The only mistake what I did not do is to kept my account green
So I have 3 shot if it will not work out than I have spoke with John already and I can go back to do free combine again.

I was mad now I am calm. I have got out from 3 bearifull short and entered many wrong long. The good side is that what I wrote . Because I have regain my control from fear to clarity I can stay in the game and topsteotrader will help me to overcome these period. Thank you for that see you tomorrow

There isn't any trader I know who don't go through a loss bigger then planned any now and then. In your case I would say 800 is not such a big deal. I don't have your stats but I guess your average profit day is around 150/200 usd. That means you can recover what you lost today in about a week. I'm now not telling you have or you will recover it in one week but just that what you lost today is compatible with your P/L.
What I don't understand is what you mean with 3 shots, and if you fail then you come back to combine. Well let me say that this is not the best way to put you at work. I had a prop trading company and I worked with good and bad traders, and as regards bad traders I never gave them 3 shots, I just let them work or let them go. 3 shots makes really no sense to me in this job.

But I really hope you succeed and you don't have to go back to combine. Stay focused and try to build your P/L one step at a time if these are the rules.

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3 shot - bAsed on my 10 tick sl entry I have 3 times chance to make a gift so we will see. I am not upset simply sad to not trade without fear.

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3 shot - bAsed on my 10 tick sl entry I have 3 times chance to make a gift so we will see. I am not upset simply sad to not trade without fear.


Don't be to hard on yourself. You have to first stop beating yourself up. The most important thing you can do is be patient with yourself and correct the mistakes.

What's the worst thing that can happen to you? You can go back to combine.

So you go back to combine. Use it to improve your strategy, and get back funded again.

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Yip I have the same reading so Friday will be market choice

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Yip I have the same reading so Friday will be market choice

Maté - Take your time..
No trading tomorrow - relax and start from a good point next week.
Big players mixed up the markets - it is for window dressing on end of year.
Don't jump in like you did on normal months.

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we will see speaking frankly the market was acting normal in his in normal way. The only issue was myself. I never try to guess what happen only today I would like to make my way tomorrow to close the week but I will consider your advice speaking frankly it would be harder to wait or be sad about not to trade a clean setup than to make a good loss. Anyhow it is great to see when the weakest link in your trading is yourself

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3 shot - bAsed on my 10 tick sl entry I have 3 times chance to make a gift so we will see. I am not upset simply sad to not trade without fear.

I assume you are saying this because of the TST rules forcing you to think like this. That will pass.

Fwiw (might not be much...) I noticed that your preparation and ideas were very clear about levels (e.g. you showed good ones) and strategy (e.g. you talked about one kill) when you were making the transition. Then, as you got into the funded phase, you seemed to lose that clarity a bit, traded more often and also more in the 'noise'.

I have a tendency to do this and have to think about it all the while, keeping down the number of trades and picking more selective locations.

I took a large leftfield drawdown last month (much worse than you, destroyed all Santa's presents), had to take a complete timeout to write out what had happened and get it out of my mind and body (local handwriting, seemed to get the emotion out better). Now I'm moving on again and will soon recover it.

Best to you, pick good trades, stay cool, keep the plan and keep on trucking!

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I assume you are saying this because of the TST rules forcing you to think like this. That will pass.

Fwiw (might not be much...) I noticed that your preparation and ideas were very clear about levels (e.g. you showed good ones) and strategy (e.g. you talked about one kill) when you were making the transition. Then, as you got into the funded phase, you seemed to lose that clarity a bit, traded more often and also more in the 'noise'.

I have a tendency to do this and have to think about it all the while, keeping down the number of trades and picking more selective locations.

I took a large leftfield drawdown last month (much worse than you, destroyed all Santa's presents), had to take a complete timeout to write out what had happened and get it out of my mind and body (local handwriting, seemed to get the emotion out better). Now I'm moving on again and will soon recover it.

Best to you, pick good trades, stay cool, keep the plan and keep on trucking!

Thx man! I will focus, and calm, that is for sure. What will happen is fun Trading should be fun

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Oke. So here is the deal. The comissions from yesterday has been calculated overnight. So my balance droped to 219USD. If I go to red, I will not gain 2 free combine, but If I not try, than I am not a trader.

My stop is 10 tick, but I modifed for Russel sake to 8 tick because of slipage and everything. My usual profit target is 30 tick, based on same manner, I modifed it to 25 tick. Just to dont overpush.
So based on this I have only 2 shots. There is no reason or reality to go closer stops, so this is what it is. Bye bye 3 shots, 2 shots here you come...
I made a quick gift. Question, reenter or not on the same price level. Answer simple, yes. Picture good, it is a good to go:
Result: 1 gift, and 1 +37 tick winner trade.

See you on Monday, One foot is out from the water, but need to go back to 1000USD to feel comfortable again. Russel here I come my old friend, I have been missed you!

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Oke. So here is the deal. The comissions from yesterday has been calculated overnight. So my balance droped to 219USD. If I go to red, I will not gain 2 free combine, but If I not try, than I am not a trader.

My stop is 10 tick, but I modifed for Russel sake to 8 tick because of slipage and everything. My usual profit target is 30 tick, based on same manner, I modifed it to 25 tick. Just to dont overpush.
So based on this I have only 2 shots. There is no reason or reality to go closer stops, so this is what it is. Bye bye 3 shots, 2 shots here you come...
I made a quick gift. Question, reenter or not on the same price level. Answer simple, yes. Picture good, it is a good to go:
Result: 1 gift, and 1 +37 tick winner trade.

See you on Monday, One foot is out from the water, but need to go back to 1000USD to feel comfortable again. Russel here I come my old friend, I have been missed you!

@matevisky, just curious, why you have recently switched to trading the Russell? It seems like more recently all your posts and charts were from the YM. Thanks.

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@matevisky, just curious, why you have recently switched to trading the Russell? It seems like more recently all your posts and charts were from the YM. Thanks.

The methadology what I have been using is mainly coming from Horst, and he is trading TF in daily basis. Because @TopstepTrader there is no possibility to trade Russel in the combine, I had to swithc. Based on my personal analysis YM was likely to follow some Russel moves. At the end it turned out it is likely not following Russel moves, so I made a some changes on the basic approach of methadology (own charts, levels settings etc....) The main difference was the viotality and the levels.

Anyhow, it is looks crazy to switch side I know, but I am following the russel moves, and Horst videos daily basis. My favorite is the Russel, even he is moving like hell sometimes. But and here is the but, if you know what you are looking for, and if the market is doing his dancing as he usually doing it, than the russel is the winner. Many many times, the same trade on the Russel was a winner and the YM was just struggeling in a consolidation area.

So, this is the main reason. Need some day to win, but after that I will feel safty again, and I can say that, it was worth to change. Now I just know it

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No doubt, I am not fully satisfied with my progress, but I am very-very proud of my self. I was just reading some memo from the past, 1 years back. I was checking some personal blogs, and setups, and Oh man. I have been improved so much. Really so much... I do know I am telling the same stories over and over again, but fact is a fact:
- Lost 20kg, and 90kg is on the way (I am around 96kg. I am not pushing it, simple just running every day - oke this week was every 2 days )
- I am meditating every day. I have been started with 10 minutes meditation, right now I am doing 15 minutes, but next week 20 minutes will come. And this is awsome. If you have not tried it try it now: https://www.headspace.com/
- I still amazed how the market moves. I do not feel any pressure, to do anykind of backtesting statistic over and over again, to tune up my brain, and see more and more clarity. I love to do it. Compering the moves lower and bigger timeframes is no issue only happiness to me.
- I am oke to programing my indicators. I am not superexicting to do it, but make me confident about that, I do know what I am using, and what I am using for
- In the last 3 months, after I am done with a winner trading, than I am done with a day. I dont feel any templtation to go back to the market, I do not feel any sorry, If I am missing a big move. 25-30 ticks what I need, no more. I do know that my brain is getting ready for bigger moves, but every time when I try to push it I fail. So time will come, simply just not now
- I am more and more confiden about trading. I do not feel fear before trading, or exictment. Only a job what I have to do. I am happy when I am ready, but I am not sad if I have to work a bit more. But I am very sad, when I am not able to execute the simple plan. So need to improve here
- I do not feel any sorry about that, If I have to go back to work 8/5. One years ago I felt it as a failure, now the feeling is only about that, I need more time and patient to find good setups. I love to do trading, but If I will need some consistence moneyflow, because the trading will not catch up fast enough, than that is what it is. A sidewalk to fullfill my destiney
- I am getting more and more bored about checking new ways of trading every time. I am not saying sometimes it is not worth to check, but at the end everything fall into the same pattern: Find a good entry at a good location with a good risk, and take the trade before it is obvius to take it. You can find a many way, to come into the same conclusion, the method is only one factor, and I have a great one.
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- I am not trading from my mobil, from my friends, from what ever place with remote controll. Not at all. I used to do it, but right now trading is my job. I am doing it at home, at my trading station, at my time. I am always getting dressed up, medidating before, turning off mobile and everything, and concentrating to work. If it is 5 minutes, it is 5. If it is 90 minutes, than that it is. It is my job my work my life. I love to do it
- I have positing feelings and thinking about trading. I believe it is simple, and only I can overcomplicated it. I do belive I have a good edge on the market, because I spent time and effort to see that and learn to trade that.

So, I do not know what will come in the next week, but I do know how did I changed in the last one year. And I would like to highlight it again and again and again. It is not only about trading life. My personal life is improved also! Ofc course we have huge cashflow issues, and ofc I did all the mistake along the road what a human person could do, but you are not able to rewrite the past, and if you are trying to force the future to happen, you will fail.

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