Ten Trading Mistakes

1. Refusing to define a loss.

2. Not liquidating a losing trade, even after you have acknowledged the trade's potential is greatly diminished.

3. Getting locked into a specific opinion or belief about market direction. From a psychological perspective this is equivalent to trying to control the market with your expectation of what it will do: "I'm right, the market is wrong."

4. Focusing on price and the monetary value of a trade, instead of the potential for the market to move based on its behavior and structure.

5. Revenge-trading as if you were trying get back at the market for what it took away from you.

6. Not reversing your position even when you clearly sense a change in market direction.

7. Not following the rules of the trading system.

8. Planning for a move or feeling one building, but then finding yourself immobilized to hit the bid or offer, and therefore denying yourself the opportunity to profit.

9. Not acting on your instincts or intuition.

10. Establishing a consistent pattern of trading success over a period of time, and then giving your winnings back to the market in one or two trades and starting the cycle over again.

The Ten Trading Commandments

1) Trade for success not for money.

2) Strive for discipline.

3) Know yourself and how well you handle risk.

4) Lose your ego.

5) Know your risk level and when you hit your stop point exit the trade.

6) Know when to trade and when to wait.

7) Love your losers like you love your winners.

8) Losing trades will be your best teachers.

9) After three losing trades in a row, take a break.

10) Don't break any of the above nin rules.

The Ten Cardinal Rules

1. Learn to function in a tense, unstructured, and unpredictable environment.

2. Be an independent thinker versus a conventional thinker.

3. Work out a way to handle your emotions and maintain objectivity.

4. Don't rely on hope and fear in the conventional sense.

5. Work continuously to improve yourself, giving importance to self-examination and recognizing that your personality and way of responding to events are a critical part of the game. This requires continuous coaching.

6. Modify your normal responses to certain events.

7. Be willing to face problems, understand them, and recognize that they are in some way related to your behavior.

8. Know when problems can be resolved and then apply methods to solve them. That may mean giving up some control in order to gain a different control. It may mean changes in your personality, learning self-reliance, or giving up independence and ego to become part of a trading team.

9. Understand the larger framework in which trading occurs— how the complexity of the marketplace and your personality both must be taken into account in order to develop the mastery of trading.

10. Develop the right mind-set for trading—a willingness to commit to the kinds of changes in personal habits and beliefs that will drastically alter your life. To do this requires a willingness to surrender to the forces of the game. In order to be able to play at a maximum level, you have to let go of your ego and your need to have things your way.

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