I was asked recently if I have ever struggled and it caught me off guard. I hope that when you read this blog that it isn’t read in the key of perfection. I struggle too. Not just with trading but many other things. This blog is to help a person. Sometimes that person is me and sometimes that person is you. I get to relive it and that never means I can’t go back.
Every trader struggles. Here is the difference. Is self inflicted? How many suffer because it is the only way they know? How many ignore it till it can not be ignored?
Struggling will push you to your breaking point. All traders use the breaking point as a barrier. Some use it as a spring board, they bounce off of it. It is the initiation process. But some break through it and that support becomes resistance.
A good trader has less self inflicted wounds, they see it sooner, they do something about it. When the struggles are market related they take breaks or sit on their hands. The key to getting past struggling is to go in with a healthy mind. A healthy mind usually comes with acceptance and perspective. Getting back on the horse is a good idea but not if it keeps battering you. You may forget what it is like to trade well.
I am not without my struggles and I wouldn’t want it any other way. It means I am moving forward.
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