Exceptional Trading is written to give traders a winning edge. Winning eludes some 80 to 90 percent of people who trade. Each year millions of dollars are spent creating and buying and selling trading systems. Hopeful traders seek the holy grail only to find that their latest acquisition doesn’t work or they can’t work it. Information flow is instant and vast. Computers calculate and grind out data 24 hours a day around the globe. Every conceivable edge is sought and provided. And still traders lose.
The rules for good trading are simple and understandable: Buy low, sell high, or buy high and sell higher. Sell low and buy lower. Cut your losses. Let your profits run. Never overtrade. Act promptly on signals to enter and exit. Trade a proven winning system or strategy as it was designed to be traded; i.e., take every signal and stay the course. Control and balance fear and greed.
But traders don’t follow the rules, not even the rules they commit to following. As the Book of Common Prayer says, “That which I would not do, that I do.” The prayer goes on to say, “And there is no health in me.” It’s a simple human condition which becomes quite large in trading. The good news is that some traders do win. They win consistently over time. Success leaves clues. This book examines the clues and shows traders seeking to win how to run their own minds the way winning traders do.
It’s not enough to simply know how to think or what to think. It’s important to do it. This book outlines proven techniques for making the necessary mind shifts that will enable a trader to create a mental winning edge. Trading is, after all, mind over markets, quick action, clear thinking, and an unclouded intent to win.
- COMMITMENT TO TRADING EXCELLENCE
- WINNERS AND LOSERS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL PORTRAIT
- THE RELENTLESS POWER OF BELIEFS
- EMOTIONS: THE WELLSPRING OF TRADING SUCCESS AND FAILURE
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- CLARITY OF VISION AND MARKET ASSESSMENT
- IMAGINATION VERSUS WILL POWER
- UNCOUPLING YOUR EGO
- REPROGRAMING THE SOFTWARE OF THE MIND
- THE PHYSIOLOGY OF EXCELLENCE
- YOUR OFFICE
- THE CONFIDENT TRADER