"We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because the lie is more comfortable."

… Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Are comfortable lies holding you back from making progress as a trader?

Is the time and effort you currently devote towards the comfortable lies, perhaps better spent in learning to accept some of the uncomfortable truths?

Comfortable Lie:

  • Market insider shares secrets to massive success. Only 5 copies left. Be one of the lucky few to own the Forex Orgasmatron.

Uncomfortable Truth:

  • There are no market insiders sharing secrets. There are no secrets. The Forex Orgasmatron will never leave you satisfied! There is no Holy Grail magic system that can make all your dreams come true. Success requires talent. Talent requires time and effort to develop.

Comfortable Lie:

  • I just need to trade this pattern with discipline and I’ll be a success.

Uncomfortable Truth:

  • Trading is not about blindly taking pattern based entries. Trading is about knowing when to take your pattern based entry and when to avoid it. And on those occasions when you do take the entry, it’s then about knowing when to hold your position and when to scratch it.

Comfortable Lie:

  • If I just set a target of three times my risk then I only need to be right 25%
    of the time.

Uncomfortable Truth:

  • As you increase your target, your winning percentage will also reduce. You cannot just increase your target and expect to maintain the same winning percentage. Quite likely you may end up getting close to that 25% winning rate. How will that affect your mindset? Targets need to be suited to the market environment. Sometimes, in some environments, the market will not offer three times risk.

Comfortable Lie:

  • I just need to trade without emotion and I’ll be fine.

Uncomfortable Truth:

  • You can’t! You’re human! Emotions are part of being who you are. You cannot just
    block them out. You need to understand them and learn to work with them.

Comfortable Lie:

  • The broker took out my stop.

Uncomfortable Truth:

  • Perhaps you put your stop in a really dumb place!

And there are just so many more.

Reconsider every belief you have about trading, and in particular your own development as a trader.

Ask yourself seriously… is it actually just a comfortable lie?

Here are some uncomfortable truths… to replace some of your lies:

Progress will be made when you start working with reality; learning to operate and manage risk within an environment of uncertainty.

Develop a strategy based upon the reality of the market environment – identify areas on the price chart which will likely be sources of other trader orderflow. And then learn how to exploit those areas.

Study market structure!

Study risk management!

Study learning theory!

Study decision making, in particular as it relates to uncertainty!

Study peak performance psychology!

And implement processes of deliberate practice; learning to trust your strategy and your ability to trade it despite any doubt and anxiety, through a process of trial and error.

It's not about learning some entry rules and trading them like a robot. It's about "becoming" a trader.

The truth hurts. And it doesn’t sell e-books. But it’s still the truth! And the sooner one accepts it; the sooner they can get started on the real journey towards “becoming” a trader.

Lance Beggs

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