By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Sunday, April 25th 2021, 22:36:54 PM.
As a full-time day trader now for nearly six years, I know what a roller-coaster life can be when first entering the market arena. I also know how much easier your trading life can be with the proper tools, tactics and mindset. While all three are extremely important to your overall success as a trader, this article delves into the often neglected record-keeping aspect of your trading business. Why? Again, because it is very often neglected, especially by newer traders who are unaware of the challenges that theyre up against in this business endeavor known as trading - an endeavor that is well known to have a 90% failure rate amongst retail traders. Personally, my early days were akin to navigating a jungle full of killer predators, without a local guide to keep me from harms way. An old trading partner of mine summed it up best when he said, "The Market will eat you up and spit you out and cuddle you back into her arms every day. And when you get fed up she will outsmart you, entice you and bring you back all over again." As a novice trader trying to take his pittance from the Wall Street jungle, I found that to be the truth!
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The key to keep the overwhelm from taking over is to break your goals into smaller and more manageable chunks. You do not need to make the $10,000 this month, you just need to make $4001 this month. I am pretty sure you can find something you can do over the next month to make $1 extra. Once you have done that then aim for $10 more, or $100 more a month. You take these large goals an break them into smaller manageable chunks, and let the small chunks build on each other until the big goal is achieved. Do something every day to move towards your goals Once you have the goals broken down into small more manageable chunks focus on one thing you can do each day to move yourself towards those goals. It does not have to be a giant step, it can be a simple small step. It doesnt have to be finding a second job, it could be finding a good newspaper with good job listings. Then the next day could be looking through it. The third day making some calls, etc.