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The 7 habits of a highly successful trader

There are a record number of people wanting to make money trading. The technology we have today makes it relatively easy to do. Anybody can master the mechanics. But, what is not always easy to control is the “mind game” aspect of trading.

Don’t underestimate the importance of having the proper mental approach to trading. Go beyond just wanting to know “how to do it” to realizing that you have to be mentally ready for it.

The proper mind set that I’m speaking of here is the result of self-discipline and habit. Without exception, all consistently profitable traders have it. Some developed it the hard way, and for some it came easy. But none of them started trading, and went on to have success, without having these 7 habits drilled into them one way or the other.

It takes 21 days to break an old habit or start a new one, or so the story goes. But, keep this in mind as you read on.

Before you can develop these 7 habits you must first understand the Trader’ s Mentality. The trader’s mentality is to look at the stock market, and other markets, as a profit-generating phenomenon in motion. It’s a happening. They don’t have a trader mentality. They don’t read company profiles, look at charts, read about management, study product development, study the competition, look at the P/E ratio, the company’s balance sheet, press releases, earnings history, etc., etc., etc., before they trade. They don’t do any of that, plain and simple.

They just do it. If they did any of those things, they wouldn’t have any time left over to do any trading.

After an Trader has done all this homework, they like to watch the stock for awhile to “make sure it’s good”, whatever that’s suppose to mean. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with the “buy-and-fold” approach to Trading, but none of the things you do before you “Trade” will help you one iota before you “trade”.

There is no guarantee that Trading for the “long term” will pay off bigger than day trading or swing trading for the short term. Trading for the “long term” is just easier. You buy a stock you like and take a 20-year nap.

Traders simply look for potential price movement. Traders realize they don’t make a dime studying balance sheets and P/E ratios. Their focus is on making small, consistent trading profits with as little risk as possible. Short-term traders like day traders and swing traders look for moves they can make in the here and now. The trader’s focus is on “what’s happening now and how can I profit from it” as opposed to the traders focus of “how will a company’s stock price rise over time.”

Now that you fully understand the trader’s mentality, let’s take a peek at those 7 habits …

  1. Be disciplined
  2. The buck stops here
  3. Think probabilities
  4. Position for survival
  5. Those petrol emotions
  6. Keep it real
  7. Have a life

Anyone can pick the apples if they can figure out how to get to the three, but only those with the guts and the right steps on the bridge make it to the other side. By practicing and applying the habits of highly profitable traders, you will better equip yourself to take the right steps across that bridge to real trading success.

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