By Rob Colville on August 3, 2017 in
Trust your gut… It’s an easy thing to say, but a harder thing to put into practice. If you don’t, and you simply go ahead and trade everything and anything you can, you will run the risk of overtrading, and that’s when it all goes wrong.
The subconscious mind is an important part of our everyday lives, even if we don’t know it (and we probably don’t – it’s the subconscious, after all, we’re not supposed to know about it). It’s there, ever-present, in everything we do, including trading. And that’s why it is so important to trade well. If not, your subconscious mind will start leaning towards bad trades, since that’s what you’ve taught it. Trust your gut with the trades and your mind will follow, and that’s when it all becomes easy and automatic.
Good trading can and should become a habit. Your subconscious mind loves a habit. It clings to them, making them harder and harder to shake off without some kind of penalty. So why not use this weird quirk of human nature to help make you profitable? Make good trading a habit and you’ll soon find that you do it without thinking. You need to feed the subconscious mind well, and if you do, you will be rewarded with good habits and, when it comes to trading at least, healthy profits.
The subconscious mind will always opt for the path of least resistance. Therefore, it’s your job to work on good trades until they become the easiest to spot. Think of it like driving a car. When we first get behind the wheel we have no idea what to do. After we learn what does what, we can technically drive, but we still need to think about every action we take. After a while though, with enough practice, we don’t have to think about it anymore. We just get in and drive, no thought (no conscious thought, anyway) needed. That’s because we have programmed our subconscious minds to be able to take care of all the driving stuff that we used to have to think about. It means we have the time and opportunity to look at the scenery – to enjoy the drive and, perhaps more importantly, enjoy the destination. Now change driving to trading, and you’ve got it – your subconscious mind needs to practice good trades so that before long you can enjoy the rewards you earn through trading well.
So you know you need to get your subconscious mind trained up and ready to learn. But how to go about doing that? The main thing that you need to have is a trading plan. This plan is your own private set of rules for trading, and you need to work it all out so that not only are you successful, but that you can work through the routines quickly and easily, over and over again. When you can do that, it will stick in your subconscious mind and you will be a successful trader. Not one hundred percent of the time, but enough to keep you more than happy.