TRADERS’ MINDSETS

25 02 2015

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It has been theorized that your state of mind will dictate your trading methods. Experts in the field of trading psychology have pinpointed three main states of mind and how each has a direct effect on a trader’s profitability.

These three mind states are “having”, “doing” and “being”. Psychologists have noted that those new to trading start with a “having” state of mind. As they gain more experience, they move on to a “doing” state of mind. The pinnacle of profitability occurs when a trader moves into the last and final “being” frame of mind.

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The “Having” Mind Set

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A novice trader may focus primarily on profits. In this “having” state of mind, they are out of sync with the markets. They are blinded by their obsession to obtain the all mighty dollar and what it can afford them. Trading is not viewed as a job that must be mastered, but as a vehicle to escape from a world of mediocrity.

Many traders are in the business to make money, as well as they should be. However, if they are blinded by greed, they tend to take uncalculated risks. Looking at the potential payoff without carefully calculating market trends and other factors is a recipe for disaster.

It is impossible to graduate to a high performance level when you concentrate on “having” instead of how the game is won. If you trade in a “having” frame of mind, you may become frustrated when profits are not immediately forthcoming. With frustration comes a lack of focus. Without the ability to focus, you cannot gain knowledge from your experience on the trading field.

Other negative consequences of this mindset are feelings of frustration and anger. Frustration stemming from a lack of expected profits and anger directed at oneself or the market in general. These adverse emotions will only cause further decline in profitability. Without witnessing gains from one’s efforts, an individual may not give their best and may be tempted to “throw in the towel”.

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The “Doing” State of Mind

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If an individual continues on to trade another day, they will eventually move from a “having” to a “doing” state of mind. Learning that there is more to trading than the amassing of money, a trader will turn their focus on learning new methods of trading and what does and doesn’t work.

This state of mind is still primarily centered on how to turn a profit. Although a “doing” mind state is essential to becoming a seasoned adept trader, the main focus is still short of the mark. It is crucial to know what works and what doesn’t. However, a skilled trader will tell you there is more to the business then choosing one method and using it arbitrarily to make trades across the board.

Becoming a trader of means requires not only a winning attitude, but also a fine honing of trading skills. To develop these skills, you must make trades using various methods under a wide spectrum of market conditions. Only then can you develop the needed intuition to master the art of trading.

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Pinnacle of Profitability: The “Being” State of Mind

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A successful trader almost instinctively knows how to make a trade using the best method available for the current market trend and/or condition. This ability does not occur overnight. It is only accomplished through perseverance, knowledge of various trading methods and learning which one works given a particular market condition.

No trade is ever a “sure thing”. However, a profitable synchronicity almost naturally occurs when you are faced with a potential trade, have a feel for the current market trends and conditions, and utilize the method best suited for a potential payoff. This “being” state of mind ultimately lends itself to long-term success in the high stakes of trading.


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