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Trading Ideas are Good but Actions are Better

Aug 23, 2008
When you being day trading, you invest an enormous amount of time and energy investigating all kinds of trading strategies, new ideas, old ideas, and research. All of this time and energy can make you feel as though you are moving ahead and moving forward and as each day grows with new challenges and plans and thoughts, you feel one step closer to the goal.

So what happens after you place all that time and energy into your ideas and research only to find that you're probably going to come up empty. In many cases, the time investment you already made may very well feel like a real investment, and throwing it away and moving on can make you feel as thought you are back at square one. If you wrap your ego up too much into your ideas, you might end up making some weak trades based on your desire to fulfill your time investment with action rather than sound investment advice.

How does one remain detached from all that time and energy and hopeful scheming and thought processing? It can be a learning process, but it is one that will serve you well if you can master it. First of, take a moment when you start feeling as though you wasted your time or that your idea isn't all that great to ask yourself what is really important to you. Did you set out to make a profit or to become a great idea person? Most people want to become profitable. In order to do that, you have to remember that an idea is just that. It is a thought that is valuable and deserves time and attention, but it is nothing more than a pathway to your next step. And sometimes your next best step is moving on to another idea.

If you are having a difficult time separating your ideas from your trades, maybe it is time to check in with your ego. Are you looking to prove your intellectual capabilities by making fantastic trades based on your own strategies? Are you basing your belief systems on your trades, such as strong trades mean your intelligent and weak trades mean you're not? It happens quite frequently in the day trading world.

The good news is that you have some control over how you respond to ideas that aren't working out so well and are begging to be tossed. For starters, you might still have a great idea. It just might not coincide with the current market trends. In a different market your idea might soar you ahead of the pack. Just because an idea doesn't work out well now doesn't mean it won't later. You are not your ideas and even the most intelligent and fantastic traders have to go through ideas with skepticism in order to find the winning ideas at the winning moment.

Whenever any of us invest a lot of time, energy, and thought into something, it is natural to want to follow it through. The notion of giving birth to an idea and the nursing it, cultivating it, watching grow and take shape is a fabulous feeling. It can make a person feel powerful and wonderful and intelligent, but often times we can let it take over our better judgment. Just as traders need to work at taking in the ticker tape with an air of separation, so must we look at our ideas as just information. Being able to separate yourself from even some rather exciting ideas can allow you the freedom to let an idea go when it isn't coming to fruition or to allow an idea to sit on the back burner for awhile and pull it out later when conditions change. Ideas are the launch pad that bring in profits, but since we are in the game to make a profit, you want to make sure that you trade stocks with sound techniques.
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