Trading frustrations are a very real thing. There are something that every new trader faces but it is not reserved only for them.
No matter how long you are in this game, being frustrated is something that will be an ongoing issue but you will get better at handling it.
One day you’re winning and making a lot of money, the next day you don’t seem to be able to put a foot right. It’s also a game of fine lines. One mishap here, one misjudgment there and you can go from what ‘should’ have been a highly profitable day to a big losing day.
There is a reason we at Netpicks utilize the Power Of Quitting in all of our trading plans. Not only can it prevent over trading but also stop you from taking loss after loss in a market that is not ripe for moving on that day.
Some Trading Frustrations Can Be Easily Handled
For some of the causes for trading frustration, you might be able to easily accept as part and parcel of the trading business. They are more of annoyance and don’t affect the actions you are going to take.
However, some of them are infuriating:
- Identifying that the market is strongly trending, going with the trend and yet still ending up losing money.
- Getting stopped out to the tick just before the market turns and races off in the direction of the trade.
- Taking an entry at a price, immediately realizing that a different price would have been far more sensible to wait for, staying in the trade anyway, then feeling a whole load of heat while the market moves to test the price that should have been the entry.
You have no doubt had all of those things happen to you.
How did you react?
Did it cause you to do something you later regretted?
- Missing some really good trading because there was something else needing doing, sitting down at the trading desk to see this, then losing a packet on the rest of the day.
- Seeing the market motor in the direction of a trade, then getting out of the trade way too early and without any proper reason, only to see the market continue to motor in the same direction. After the trade is exited, the market nearly immediately continues in the same direction and hardly even moved against the trade anyway.
- Seeing a trade get to very close to a profit target only for the market to turn around, still not taking any action to exit and then finally having to exit for a loss.
- Straying from a proven strategy when the market really looks like it will do something different this time, only for right at that moment following the ‘custom’ entry, the market moves in favor of the well thought out, well tested strategy and hard against the position just taken.
- Making any of the above mistakes over and over again without doing anything to change them.
Just typing those events out made my stomach turn because I have a history with all of them.
These Negative Emotions Are Sometime Preventable
I’m sure that many others will have experienced some, all and possibly many other of these issue. But the thing is, that these intensely annoying things are really only annoying because they are preventable.
Perhaps not in every case as we can never predict with 100% accuracy what the market is going to do.
You will for example, get stopped out at the very high or low of a move on occasion just before the market turns in what would have been your favor. However, if the same thing keeps happening, then that is shouting load and clear to you that you need to take a look at your trading strategy and possibly make an adjustment to it.
Until you learn the lesson the market is trying to give you, the same frustrating situations are likely to repeatedly crop up.
Being Stoic Can Help
The absolutely imperative aspect to all of this is that when the inevitable annoyances do occur, you don’t let them take hold of you and your emotions.
You take hold of them.
You look at what happened and why and whether there’s a way to adapt you behavior, strategy or money management to lessen the probability and impact of the same thing happening again. If you keep doing the same things, you shouldn’t expect different results. Let your annoyances be the catalyst for change.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates
Like with many things in life, the best lessons are often the hardest to stomach. But if you’re willing to be humble and listen to them, they will be the most valuable to you in attaining success. So when you next get frustrated and something really annoys you, step back and assess why that should be.
This assessment could just end up saving you a great deal of time, money and future annoyances.
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