How to trade

The Mindset of a Trader

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In trading, one of the biggest secrets that successful traders have is the correct mindset. This article blog will help you to understand the gap between mindset and trading and how you can make sure to fill that gap!

The optimal trading mindset comprises commitment, self-control, courage, and financial detachment.

“Having the right mindset is like having a secret weapon in the market, enabling traders to navigate complexities and achieve consistent results.”

Mark Douglas


“Trading is not about being right, it’s about how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.”

William Eckhardt, renowned trader and co-creator of the Turtle Trading System.


When I started trading my mindset was only about: “make money, earn money”.
After years my mindset is more like William Eckhardt

Mindset is a factor they nobody teaches in trading. We only think about wins, losses, how I can get better, what system, strategy, setup we must trade. We think about charts only. But! Mentality is the connection to the gap of being profitable and not being profitable. It will help you to stick to your process, to hold a trade when your strategy is still telling to but your mind says to cut it or take profit.


One fundamental trait that every trader should possess is dedication. Success in trading demands relentless efforts in honing skills, mastering self-discipline, and understanding risk tolerance. While some may be lured by the excitement or dreams of easy money, the truly successful traders are those who devote themselves to cultivating effective trading strategies. Instead the success rate of a trader directly correlates with their talent, skills, work ethics, and ability to be honest with themselves about their strengths and weaknesses. Not everyone is cut out for the trading world, and acknowledging this is a vital step in developing the right mindset.


Traders driven by ego often find it challenging to embrace a systematic approach to trading. They seek validation by always being right, believing they have unmatched market insight, and neglecting to learn from their mistakes. Yet, genuine trading success is gauged by monetary gains, not prediction rates. To excel, traders must be willing to detach themselves from their egos and prioritize objective decision-making.

Executing your plan

A typical trap for novice traders is the temptation to seek rapid riches, causing them to underestimate the psychological hurdles of trading. In truth, trading demands intellectual acumen, and numerous investors find it difficult to achieve profitability. While identifying profitable trading edges and strategies is challenging, the true obstacle lies in executing these plans with precision. It necessitates personal growth and the development of discipline to consistently implement strategies.

executing plan

However, executing the trading plan is where the real challenge lies. Past successes in backtesting can easily give way to self-doubt when facing uncertain future outcomes. A string of losses can lead to wavering faith in the system and impulsive decisions that harm long-term profitability. Thus, traders must continuously practice staying focused on their strategies and avoid becoming fixated on the financial outcome.


Believing in one’s abilities plays a vital role in executing trading methodologies with efficacy. This is confidence. To foster this confidence, traders must nurture the same mindset discussed earlier. This involves acknowledging the inevitability of being mistaken at times and recognizing that losses are a natural aspect of the trading journey. Confidence comes with experience by repeating over and over a routine, a plan, having multiple even small days of success. Don’t look for the HOMERUN but for the multiple small wins.

Discipline is what all lack

You are not born with discipline. Environment, youth, experiences change more or less our level of discipline. Most disciplined people won’t be necessary most disciplined traders. Self-discipline involves the ability to motivate oneself even in negative emotional states. Traders must possess the willpower, hard work, and persistence to follow through with their strategies routinely and automatically. Trading requires mastery of various learning stages, and the quality of this learning process depends on the trader’s level of focus and discipline.


How many times I said to traders, we need to find the strategy that works for your personality. Yes each trader is different. Some traders will always remain scalpers, others swingtraders. While intuition may serve as a starting point, the most successful traders complement it with analytical thinking to develop a robust game plan that can withstand the test of time. Emotions must be separated from investment strategies to ensure unbiased decision-making.

Consistency in trading is the foundation of successful outcomes

It demands unwavering drive and dedication, even when facing challenging emotions. To achieve prosperity, traders must exhibit steadfast determination, apply diligent effort, and persevere in executing their strategies consistently and effortlessly. Trading is an ongoing learning journey, and the level of concentration and discipline a trader brings to the table significantly impacts the journey’s quality. – Paul Tudor Jones

Detachment from money is a key in becoming a trader

You can gain anxiety because that particular day you are still far from your daily goal of p&l and you will try to trade without any strategy telling to. This will lead to errors, losses.  At the same time you must not think about the money, especially at the potential loss you may occur into.
If you do that, you will freeze, missing opportunities and then maybe chasing later to get into the trade.

The key in trading is not only the strategy and risk management. A great trader has mindset. A great trader has all the 8 points explained above.

This will bring you to long term success.