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Break Through the ‘Wall’ of Trading Mistakes Holding you Back

Break Through The ‘Wall Of Trading Mistakes Holding You Back

If you’re one of the many traders who keep putting money into their trading account, only to see it go down and down until it’s empty, today’s article is for you.

This might just be the most important trading article you ever read, because I’m going to show you how you can finally stop repeating the same trading mistakes over and over. Learning from our trading mistakes and actually making permanent changes from what we’ve learned is the key to making consistent money in the markets. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are going to be like a hamster that is continuously running on a hamster wheel but never actually going anywhere.

Read on to learn how I stopped making the same trading mistakes that are probably hurting you right now…
Acquire the right trading mindset.

You may have read other articles I’ve written about the proper trading mindset, but its importance cannot be emphasized enough. All trading success begins with obtaining and, perhaps more importantly and more difficultly, maintaining the proper trading mindset or trader psychology.

Everyone says that “emotions are the enemy” of trading success, and similar anecdotes abound. But, I feel that is too general, allow me to explain why I feel this way…

First off, emotions are not all bad in the trading realm; in fact, they can be helpful and very enjoyable sometimes. For example, once you have developed a solid gut trading feel, you will eventually develop a sort of internal “early warning” system when a trade isn’t right; in other words, your fear kicks in, in a good and helpful way. However, fear can be detrimental if you are afraid to take a perfectly good trade setup, for example. So, as we can see, one cannot simply say that “emotions are all bad” when it comes to trading.

Whether or not you let emotions influence you in a negative way is what can make them dangerous, not the actual emotion itself; in important distinction to make. Being conscious and aware of your emotions as you trade will allow you to make adjustments and take control over you actions in the market, and this is probably the biggest thing you can do to help yourself stop making the same trading mistakes over and over. Most trading mistakes are born out of letting emotion influence us negatively, so if we are more self-aware of our emotions as we trade, we can work to make sure they are not influencing us to stray from our trading plan.

Learn proper money management.

If you are repeatedly risking too much per trade, your emotions and mindset are going to repeatedly hurt, rather than help, your trading performance. In fact, money management is one of the most important ways to stay calm and not let our emotions get in the way when we trade.

In my opinion, the control of one’s self in the market all begins with proper trading money management. As a result, I view money management as the foundation of a proper trading mindset, because if you aren’t always worried about how much you ‘might’ lose on a trade, you won’t let emotions affect you negatively.

You have to risk an amount per trade that will not cause you emotional ‘pain’ if the trade loses, this is the only way to survive a losing trade. If you risk too much per trade, you open yourself up to committing the same trading mistake again; Because you will be feeling frustration and anger from losing too much money, you will feel an urge to jump back into the market and try and make that money back. This is a vicious cycle that will continue until you figure out what dollar amount per trade you can comfortably risk.

Change how you think about trading.

Once I began to change my definition and idea of ‘trading success’, it became a lot easier to achieve it. Most beginning traders believe that they are going to dramatically change their lives through trading, very quickly. Unfortunately, this is simply not reality, especially not if you don’t have much money to trade with, and it also causes you to stay on the ‘hamster wheel’ of trading mistakes.

You have to take a slower, longer-term approach to trading and to what you view as “successful trading.” Let me ask you this: if you had just one or two winning trades per month and say one loser (3 trades total), rather than 30 trades where over half were losers and some of your winners were little, insignificant ones, which result would you consider to be “successful”? Probably the first one, right? Well, that’s right, it would be the first one, because if you took just three trades in a month, rather than 30, that tells me you were being patient, disciplined, and strategic in your trading approach, rather than impulsive and random.

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Where most traders get stuck is that if they trade less, they only see it as “making less money,” but that is the wrong way to think about trading.

You see, as I explained in an article I wrote on high-frequency vs. low-frequency trading, you do not need to trade a lot to make money. Remember, making money is better than losing money, even if you can’t risk very much per trade because you have a small account. You have to trade as if you’re already a successful, rich trader, because that is how you become one.

A rich, successful trader who can take a big position size on every trade he or she takes is naturally going to be much more interested in finding one or two very high-probability and obvious trade signals per month rather than trading every day. Why? Well, because they know they are going to make a lot of money due to the large position sizes they can trade, they know that one or two good winners a month is all they need to make a lot of money, so they aren’t concerned with trading a lot, only with finding good trades. This is how you should think and what you should do in the market, even if you have a small account.

You should do this because trading less frequently but more accurately is how the pros trade, and it’s the only real way to avoid losing money by overtrading, which results in whittling down your trading account to nothing. You need to keep in mind that proper trading is the goal—that IS successful trading, even if you’re not currently trading big enough to make “a lot” of money. I promise you that if you trade properly for a long enough period of time, you will gradually build your account, which means you will gradually increase position size, and eventually you will be making “a lot” of money trading, which you will not give back because you built your trading approach on a solid foundation of proper trading habits.

Make a plan and stick to it.

Finally, learning from your trading mistakes is one thing, but you must actually USE what you’ve learned, which I define as making a conscious effort to avoid those mistakes on your next trade. Take what you’ve learned and put it into your trading plan, and read that plan every day. Often, the only way we can get off the “hamster wheel” of trading mistakes is by constantly being aware and monitoring ourselves so we don’t make those mistakes again. Trading is a mentally tricky business; if you don’t have a trading strategy and a trading plan, you will probably let your emotions get the best of you.


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