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How to Improve your Trading Mindset (Even in a World full of Distractions)

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Imagine standing in the middle of a crowded marketplace. Voices are swirling around you – a buzz of excitement, a blur of movement. 

Now, imagine the stock market. It’s similar. Each voice represents a news update, a hot tip, or a shift in stock price. It can be overwhelming. 

But amidst all this Noise, how do you Focus? How do you decide which Voices to listen to?

Consider Ram’s story. Like many beginners, Ram dived into trading, hoping to strike Gold. 

He thought that if he followed the crowd, he would do well. But he found out, quite painfully, that trading is not a popularity contest. 

The crowd can be fickle, and following them leads Ram to make poor decisions, resulting in significant losses. That was a hard lesson but an important one.

Trading is not about following the crowd. It’s a personal Journey that requires Discipline, Patience, a Keen eye, and a Steadfast mind. 

So how can you avoid Ram’s missteps and strengthen your trading mindset? Let’s explore some lesser-known yet crucial ways.

strengthen your trading mindset

Think Before You Act

Always understand why you are making a particular trade. Why this stock? Why now? 

Is it because it aligns with your strategy, or is it because everyone else is doing it? Knowing your motivations helps keep you grounded.

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Before making a trade, consider various possible outcomes. If the stock’s price goes up, what’s your plan? And If it goes down, what will you do? 

Being prepared for different scenarios will help you stay calm when things don’t go as expected.

The Power of No

Learning to say “NO” in a world of opportunities is essential. Not every trending stock warrants your attention or trade. 

By being selective and aligning opportunities with your trading strategy, you can avoid falling into the ‘fear of missing out’ trap that often leads to poor trading decisions.

Stay Calm and Carry On

Trading can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

It’s thrilling when a stock price increases and disheartening when it drops. 

But to succeed in trading, you need to manage your emotions. Keep a level head. You can practice techniques like deep breathing or mindfulness to help you stay calm.

Leverage the ‘Pareto’ Principle

Also known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle states that 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. 

In trading, a significant Portion of Your Profits comes from a handful of trades. Recognize these, learn from them, and focus on replicating their success. 

The Pareto Principle keeps your strategy Simple and effective, cutting through Over-analysis of Noise.

Developing a solid trading mentality involves more than understanding the markets—It’s about Understanding Yourself

Trading can seem daunting, like standing in a crowded marketplace with voices all around. But remember, you don’t have to listen to all the voices. Just listen to the ones that matter – your own voice and the voice of your well-thought-out strategy. 

Don’t let the crowd cloud your judgment. Tune out the Noise, trust your strategy, and trade your path to success. – Divesh.

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About the Author

Divesh Jotwani is a Full-time trader in the Indian stock market. He has spent over 20+ years researching and discovering WD Gann's methods and applying them day in and out markets.