Let's talk a little about mindset. Or more specifically about our expectations leading into the day.
Because I suspect that the way I approach the game differs quite a bit from many other traders.
The market has opened…
It's all about expectations.
I expect a really tough day…
and embrace the suck.
This difference in mindset is important.
Expecting simplicity leads more often than not to disappointment and frustration, as conditions do not turn out the way you expect.
And disappointment and frustration do NOT typically lead to effective decision making, as we analyse the market and identify and manage trade opportunity.
Expecting a challenge leads to a slightly more defensive mindset. One ready to survive through difficult conditions. And yet still open to potential large gains when the market surprises us with more favourable price movement.
Market conditions OFTEN suck.
The sooner you can accept and appreciate this. And in fact EXPECT it, the sooner you'll be able to get on with the job of managing it.
EMBRACE THE SUCK!
If the market provides massively favourable conditions… that's a bonus.
If my execution just happens to be flawlessly in sync with the price movement… that's a bonus.
But I don't ever expect it.
Confidence does not come from hoping or praying for A+ trading conditions.
It comes from knowing that even if the market conditions are crap, or your execution at times really stinks, you can adapt and overcome.
Embrace the suck!
And learn to prevail despite it.
That is how you develop unshakeable confidence.