Becoming a successful trader doesn’t only require excellent indicators, strategies and analysis of the charts. A successful trader also needs a disciplined and focused mind with a solid and constant awareness of how your mental state can affect your actions (and reactions). In this blog post, I want to give you five quick tips that you can easily implement to improve your trading psychology and, in doing so, increase the probability of your trades’ success.
1. Understanding Your Emotions
The emotions you experience when sitting at the screen play a significant role in the trading decisions you make.
An example of this is how fear and greed can cloud your judgement and lead to impulsive decisions that you might otherwise not have made. There is only one surefire way to improve your trading psychology and that is to develop a constant awareness of your emotional state while trading.
Take note of how certain situations or market conditions make you feel and then compare these feelings to your trading results. By recognising your emotions and the effects they have on your trading you can develop strategies to minimise their impact.
Popular amongst our Mentorship Students are techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises and trade journaling.
2. Create a Trading Plan
A Trading Plan is your blueprint for success. As part of our educational courses here at Trading College, we provide students with an outline of a Trading Plan with sections to note your goals, risk tolerance, trading strategies as well as rules for entering and exiting trades.
One of the major advantages of trading is that you are your own boss. However, being the boss means that it is you who is wholly responsible for providing structure and discipline to your trading day. Having a well-thought-out Trading Plan helps to remove the temptation to make impulsive decisions and vastly improves your confidence in your skills and the strengths of your strategies which will keep you on track to achieve your goals.
3. Practice Risk Management
Another fundamental aspect of successful trading is managing your risk. Not only does managing risk protect your trading capital, it also helps to preserve your psychological well-being.
It’s so important to set realistic and achievable profit targets for each trade as well as to determine your maximum loss for individual trades and trading periods. By limiting your risk, you will not be over-exposed to the markets which can reduce any fear of significant losses.
This allows you the psychological space to make trading decisions based on logic rather than emotions.
4. Learn from Your Mistakes
As any of the Trading College Coaches will tell you, the art of trading is a continuous learning process.
Every trade you take is a chance to learn, regardless of whether it has won or lost. During your trading journey learn you need to embrace your mistakes as opportunities for growth and improvement. We encourage all of our students at Trading College to keep trading journals in which they can detail their thoughts, strategies, and emotions during each trade.
By reviewing your trading journal regularly you will be able to identify recoccuring patterns in your decisions or behaviour that lead to negative outcomes. This in turn helps to refine your skills and become a better and more resilient trader.
5. Develop Patience and Discipline
Patience and discipline are vital traits for successful traders. Unfortunately, these traits come more easily to some traders than others. Regardless of your natural abilities, by sticking to your Trading Plan and your back-tested trading strategies you will learn to trust your analysis and resist any emotional urges to deviate from your set of rules.
It may be challenging at times but as any of our Coaches or students will tell you, the rewards are worth it because disciplined and patient traders are more likely to achieve consistent, long-term success.
Improving your trading psychology is essential for creating consistently profitable trading results. By understanding and managing your emotions, creating a trading plan, practicing risk management, learning from mistakes as well as developing patience and discipline, you can enhance your trading psychology and dramatically increase your chances of achieving a regular income from the markets.
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