From one Brian Heyliger, editor of Market Trigger Alert, I received a promotional letter — “The One Myth About Trading You Should Know” — that deserves to be widely shared. It offers some very useful tips on how to get your mind right for trading regardless of what system you use :
I want to tell you something about trading you won’t hear often…
Trading has nothing to do with indicators and everything to do with you.
Let me explain…
The easiest things to learn are indicators and setups, but they have nothing to do with trading. You can memorize them, you can buy them, you can even program your computer to alert you when they occur. But the Achilles Heel of trading is this: YOU!
There are numerous sites and gurus touting their products as the “Holy Grail” of making money in the markets. “Just buy my trading system and you’ll make a million.” Well, that’s not actually true, because winning, stand-alone trading system won’t work if you are broken…
To trade a system successfully – whether it’s something you’ve purchased or developed yourself – you need to have the correct mindset.
The Paradox of
’Holy Grail’ Systems
This may surprise you, but you can learn a perfectly good trading system, trade it, and lose money, while someone else trading the very same system makes a fortune.
The only difference is between the winner the loser is the person trading – that’s it! The traders who lose simply aren’t following the rules of the trading system they designed (or purchased), unlike the winners.
The key to making a system work is developing the discipline to follow the instructions. This is the hardest part about trading. Let’s illustrate this with an example …
You just lost $1,000 on the last trade and you’re unhappy. That loss is bothering you and you’ve begun to doubt yourself (and the system you’re using). Is the system really effective any more? Have the market conditions changed so this system no longer works? Do I need a new system? These and other thoughts will be running through your mind just as…
Your system tells you it’s time to buy. Guess what — losing traders won’t buy! Their emotions are so drained from losing $1,000, they just don’t have the emotional capital left to enter the next trade – which very well might be a big winner.
The winning traders remain confident even after a loss. They only doubts are to evaluate whether or not they truly followed the system during that loss, and (if not) how they must be more disciplined to ensure more accurate – and profitable – trading. If they did follow the system and lost, they chalk it up to ‘the law of averages’ and look forward to the next trade which has a high probability of being a winner.
You see, a winning trading system is a profit generating business. The more business you can do, the more profit you can generate. Sure, you have some ‘overhead’ (i.e. losses) but in a profit generating business the more ‘customers’ (i.e. valid trade signals) the better.
Three Rules For
Here are few things you can do to help you manage your trades better, and not succumb to the emotional drain that will keep you from taking the next trade:
Don’t look at daily profits, look at them over time. Who cares if you lose $1,000 today, you could make $2,000 tomorrow. That’s still $500 a day over the two days!
Plan for losses. They will come, but know they’re only temporary.
Plan your trades and trade your plan. This is the most important part of trading. If you start the day with a plan, but don’t follow it, you might as well throw darts at the Wall Street Journal.
When trading a system, constantly remind yourself you’re playing the odds. That means you’re going to lose some days, but if the system you’re trading is profitable, you’ll win more often than you lose and make a killing along the way.
A Cautionary Note
That said, there are a lot of systems out there that just plain don’t work.
And I’ll tell you, the majority of them don’t. I know because I’ve tried them.
So here’s the pattern: find a system that seems to work, backtest it, and become comfortable that it actually does work before you put a single dollar on the table. If you want to study one thing about a system, study the losers, not the winners. Then everything else will fall into place.
I have a system I’ve designed specifically for this purpose – to help new traders make it to six-figure status very quickly. It’s designed to make you the most amount of money and offer the smallest learning curve of any trading system out there. The rules are very black and white, and very easy to learn.