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People tend to get started in day trading with false expectations.  Any education provider for trading that is honest, will address the fact that taking losses in trading is not only possible, even likely, it is to be expected.  As we discuss at the Fx365 Institute, the game isn’t to learn how not to take losses, but to simply keep your losses small and win more often.

At an intellectual level, this is very easy to comprehend.  When you step into the boxing ring however, it is an entirely different story.  A famous boxer once said, ‘everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face.’

With all of the aforementioned context, it never ceases to amaze me just how rattled I can get from taking a loss.  Although taking a loss is a normal part of the business of trading, it is not uncommon for students to develop an expectation that they can become the exception to the rule and take few to no losses.

This is a dangerous trap to fall into because it is entirely unlikely, in fact nearly impossible.

A better idea is to have a conscious and established framework of what action steps to take after a loss.

Step 1 –  Walk away!  In some of the early ‘Market Makers Business Model’ videos, Wade suggests not taking another trade for AT LEAST a half an hour.  Although you may miss out occasionally on a good setup, developing this behavior will help you avoid poor emotional decision making processes, revenge trading, and additional unnecessary losses.

Step 2 – Evaluate your position size.  If you immediately place another trade with the same lot size as the previous trade, this next trade will expose your account to more risk than the last.  It is counter intuitive to scale back your position size, but it WILL keep you in the game to trade another day.

Step 3 – Get real with why you took a loss.  Did you place a trade because you were bored, or greedy?  Or did you take a trade at a high probability entry point and it just didn’t play out in your favor?  If you can be honest with yourself, you can avoid unnecessary pain via further poor decision making.

Step 4 – Win the next trade.  Winning Futbol Coach Arsene Wenger has a philosophy about losing.  “The most important thing after suffering a loss is to win the next match.”

Sounds self evident, but in reality, 90% of the time losing on a trade is a result of poor judgement.  Thus, by having patience, following your trading plan, and trading a highly likely setup, you CAN win the next trade.  This is what you need to do to stay confident, and by following rules 1-3, you increase your chances of this tremendously.

Until next time, stay thirsty fellow pippers.

Hey Folks,

We’re back at it and better than ever.  In the last series of riveting blog’s, we investigated some tried and trued principles that every patron of lasting success can surely agree on.

So now a little bit of context as to what applying your time, effort and the rules of success to FOREX trading can mean for you.

Times are a little ‘out there’ right now to say the least.  Near bubble heights in housing.  Massive and increasing National Debt.  Over-extended economic stimulus from the FED.  A wild west-esque presidential election.

While nobody knows exactly what is to come as a result of the aforementioned, it is probably safe to assume that some type of economic volatility is likely in our future.

In the world of dollar cost average long term retirement investing, this is scary.  In the Job market, this is scary.  In the housing market, it can mean massive debt and a nation upside down in their home loans, this is scary.

In the world of FOREX, you have spent months, maybe years learning what to do with volatility.  Volatility in fact, is what we look for.  This can be your time to shine.

A perfect example of this happened to me this week.  I entered a trade based on some standard criteria that we have used and discussed at the Fx365 Institute for years.  My overall risk in the trade, ie my determined point of exit would have resulted in a 2.5% loss.  A 1 to 1 risk to reward would’ve been acceptable.  The trade started to move in my direction faster and farther than I anticipated.  I covered the trade very conservatively for a 13% gain on my account.  I wasn’t the only Fx365i trader that was in this trade, and we weren’t trading together which tells you something.

Because of what we have been learning, I was able to make judgements during the trade based off of what price-action was doing that allowed me the opportunity to have strong profit.

More future volatility means that you will continue to work at your success just as you have, but you will reap an even larger reward for being in the right place at the right time.

Until next time, Happy Pipping.

  Show up, consistently, with a good attitude, for a long enough period of time, with faith and a burning desire, be willing to pay the price and operate with integrity.

  If you have been reading along with me the last month as we have been discussing the idea of success, a mantra addressing it, and some laws regarding your achievement of it, then today we will be rounding third base and running for home plate.

Hopefully, the ideas we’ve been discussing, although they are simple to do, and just as simple not to do, have made their way into your conscious and unconscious mind and are starting to gain momentum in application.

To bring it in, today we’ll cover the last law.

‘Be willing to pay the price.’

This is ultimately the barrier of entry into the path of achievement.

To become a successful physician it takes a decade + of schooling, years of residency, and many more years of practicing medicine and building a practice.  To become a successful lawyer is again a similar path.

Building your skill set as a professional trader can deliver profits comparable and even bigger than the aforementioned, and because of this, it is not unthinkable that it too will take significant sacrifice.

Each individuals journey is different.  For some, it will involve going to great lengths to understand a methodology and develop a set of indicators like Smart Money Profile Software in order to be able to gain the edge in the market.  For others, it will mean waking in the middle of the night to drive 100 miles round trip to put in the time at Fx365i.

This 6th and final post regarding success is not to tell you what the ‘price to pay’ will be for you, but instead, to remind you that to win big, there will be one that needs paying.  When challenge inevitably occurs, remember this and set yourself up for victory by having the required attitude to endure.

As you learn the skills, and inch closer to your goal, remember to enjoy the process, give thanks for the good that surrounds you, and look forward to better days to come.

To your Success!

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Show up, consistently, with a good attitude, for a long enough period of time, with faith and a burning desire, be willing to pay the price and operate with integrity.

Redundant?  Maybe.  Necessary?  Absolutely.

We’ve now covered showing up consistently, attitude, and integrity..  Are you doing or modifying these outlooks and behaviors and still hungry for success?

Congratulations, you’re further along than the majority of people.  In fact, one idea that actually can be pointed to as a single success strategy is to ‘observe the masses and do the opposite.’  By now, if you have taken the time to read these blogs, and furthermore to absorb and consider some of the content at a personal level, you are now operating from a framework that is quite the opposite of the masses.

This naturally brings us to enduring ’til the end or for sake of our success mantra, ‘for a long enough period of time.’

So here is the question, how long is a long enough period of time?  As long as it takes.  With a business such as trading, where the tangible result of pursuing expertise comes a long long time after you initially begin, and each individuals path is different from the next, there can be no expectation of a reasonable timeline.  To do so is to set yourself up for definite failure.

Our lead instructor LaCurtis Mayes always says, ‘the only way to fail is to quit.’  Truer words have never been spoken.

This is not a pursuit that shares the necessity of youth that professional sporting requires.  This is not a pursuit where pedigree determines the outcome.  This is a pursuit accomplished and perfected by an adequate dose of ‘elbow grease.’

So for this week I propose, if you have a line in the sand regarding how far you’ll go before you give up trading, erase that line.  Decide here and now that ‘I WILL UNTIL…’  and recognize that no matter how long it takes, trading FOREX profitably, part time, is worth the energy, frustration and tenacity required.

After all, ask anyone in the winners circle if the time it took to achieve their goals was ‘worth it,’ and you may be met with blank stares, because winners may never have entertained another option.

Here is to you staying the course, and erasing your proverbial line in the sand.  Until next time, Happy Pipping.

So you’re getting the point.  You’re acting with Integrity, you’re showing up consistently, but something’s missing.  The dots just aren’t yet connecting.

What could you be doing wrong?  Well, per deductive reasoning, its time to have an AC… No, not air conditioning, but an ‘Attitude Check.’

If you recall, there is a formula that we have been discussing.

Show up, consistently, with a good attitude, for a long enough period of time, with faith and a burning desire, be willing to pay the price and operate with integrity.

  So what does having a good attitude have to do with anything?

Well when it pertains to trading, once you start to get past learning the in & outs technically speaking, 90% of your success is going to depend largely on your mindset.

To make this point, I will use a sports analogy.  Remember, in baseball, you can essentially strike out 6-7 out of 10 times, and still get paid millions of dollars.

Have you ever noticed that for the most part, when one of these .300 + hitters strikes out, they don’t usually mope their way back to the dugout, kick rocks, and cry about their performance.

They typically accept that they struck out, and continue playing their game, knowing that its just a matter of odds that the next time they step up to bat, they may in fact get a hit or even hit a home-run.

Now, consider the idea that each time that one of these players misses, they start a conversation in their head that says, ‘I suck, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be a worthy baseball player, I need to consider other career options… wah wah wah.’

This is not their winning strategy.  They go back to the dugout, play their game, go to practice, hone their skills, and the greats tell themselves a story that sounds more like, ‘I am a champion.’

Your TRADING game needs to be approached the same way.  The story you repeatedly tell yourself, will make the difference over a long enough period of time.  ANYONE can learn to trade successfully, but not EVERYONE will.  This is not because the technical skills are too hard to learn, but that the emotional skills sometimes can be.

There are countless ways to develop a winning attitude.  Study the greats, in sports, in business, in life.  Read the FOREX 365 INSTITUTE Trading Journal.  DECIDE now how you want to manage a losing day and how you want to celebrate a winning performance.

And last, realize that this is a muscle that you must exercise repeatedly in order to be strong.

Until next time, happy Pipping.  For more information visit www.forex365institute.com.