Are you ready to tackle the markets at any time? Bring it on, right? It would be ideal if we were ready to trade at any given moment, but the human mind has its limits. You don't have an endless supply of energy. After a marathon stretch of trading, for example, you may not be able to tackle the markets in earnest. You may not be able to concentrate fully. You may be easily distracted, and while you are in a state of confusion, you are likely to make trading errors. It is necessary to prepare to trade. It is vital to get your mind ready to trade the markets.
Trading when you're at your best, and at the right time requires the proper amount of challenge on the one hand, but a good match with your skills on the other. If a trading task is too hard, you will choke. But on the other hand, if you spend your entire trading life blandly fighting boredom, you'll never feel motivated to trade. If trading is a challenge for you, you can get psyched up and be ready to trade at your peak.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that trading doesn't require some preparation. Some seasoned traders actually rate their mental state before they trade. If they are in a bad mood, or feel dazed and confused, they stand aside for the day. It makes little sense to trade in the wrong state of mind. You will end up making trading errors that you'll regret later.
How can you prepare yourself to trade in the proper mental state? The first step is to make sure that you are rested. Many people think they can get away with the minimal amount of sleep or skip nutritious meals. But proper nutrition and adequate sleep are necessary to cultivate an optimal mindset. Trading saps up psychological energy, and psychological energy is limited, so it is vital that you take steps to maximize your energy through proper sleep and nutrition.
Trading in a peak performance mindset requires intense concentration and focus, but it's difficult to maintain this stance when the pressure is on you to perform. Thus, a second step that you can take is to reduce any psychological pressure that may potentially sap up limited psychological energy. The most obvious way to relieve such pressure is to think in terms of probabilities and carefully manage risk. It's useful to remember that you may not win on any single trade, but after a series of trades, you will have enough winners to make a profit in the long run. It's also important to manage your risk. Determine your risk up front and risk only a small amount of trading capital on a single trade. Doing so will ease a lot of the pressure, allowing you to be more open to see the opportunities that the market offers.
It is also important to anticipate any obstacles that may interfere with your ability to trade. For example, if a stressful event is about to happen, such as a move to a new home or a visit from an overbearing relative, it is important to account for such events. You will have trouble trading when you are stressed out. If you anticipate an upcoming stressful event, you should plan to stand aside until the stressful event passes.
Don't think that you can trade the markets without being mentally and physically prepared. Unless you are at your peak, you will make mistakes. Give yourself a break. You can't trade under all possible conditions. If you are rested, relaxed, and ready to trade at your peak, you will increase your chances of taking home huge profits.