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Nice to take a little break every now and then eh? Good to have you back man

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I traded my first FOMC today. I gotta say, it was intense; especially going in with the intention of capitalizing on that craziness. In preparation, I wrote down what I considered to be the "top 3 levels" that I would exclusively trade from: 2990, 3001, and 3012.50. I also wrote down "Seize the moment!" which is definitely a good reminder going in, to counter the deer-in-the-headlights effect that such volatility can induce.

Needless to say, it was a great day. 2990 turned out to be a great short. (I even used a 2 point stop! :O)

To update those who are interested, I have been writing every single day about my trading and the other relevant things. My writings have taken on a much more personal format or tone, and because of this, I've helped myself out immensely (this kind of writing isn't the kind of writing you'd want on the internet). It's amazing what totally honest journaling can do, and I'm glad I made the changes I did. I do miss you guys, though. I feel I should post more, for sure.

Things are now (consistently) looking up, mostly because of my attitude. Next time I encounter a challenge in my trading- for example; losing money after making money- or I encounter a psychological challenge because of this or that, I must remember that it isn't the obstacle that's the problem, it's my attitude towards it. This is relevant to everything, but it seems especially important for successful trading.

My brother used to tell me that when you grab something, you grab right ahold of it: "Grab it by the balls." (similar to the grab life by the balls expression). You don't wait, you don't hesitate, you just do it.

It's both my self understanding and my grit that give me my edge. I know now that these things are a pre-requisite to the technicals that make money.

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