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psychologyIn today’s lesson, I am going to give you five tips to help you make consistent money in the markets. Whilst I can’t promise you success, if you actually read and implement the five points discussed below, you should see some improvement in your trading results. This lesson was written to draw your attention to some of the more nuanced aspects of successful trading that you may have been ignoring but that can make or break your trading account.

1) Focus on trading, not just on making money

Believe it or not, one of the main reasons you are not making money consistently in the markets is because you are too focused on money.

Most people come into the markets chasing freedom from their job or a quick road to riches. However, what they don’t know is that they are up against a test of mental strength and their ability to manage themselves in an arena of never-ending temptation; the Forex market.

If you want to make consistent money in the markets you will need to let go of all your fantasies of telling your boss to stick his job up his #$! or trading from an exotic beach location. You see, the more focused you are on making money really fast, the more the money will elude you. This is because focusing your mind on the money creates emotional tension, and the more emotional you are the more likely you are to commit the account-destroying mistakes of over-trading and over-leveraging.

So, if you want to increase your odds of consistently profiting in Forex, focus on mastering one Forex trading strategy at a time and forget about making a lot of money. Obviously you are in the markets to make money, but you need to understand that the more you feel a “need” to make money the more you will experience difficulty in actually making it. By effectively managing your risk on every trade you can begin to forget about the money. This means setting your risk tolerance at a dollar amount that you are TRULY OK with losing on any trade. You will not feel any pressure or emotional tension if you truly do not care if you lose the money you have at risk on a trade. If you are thinking about your trades very often or losing sleep over them, you are probably focused too much on the money and not enough on the process of trading, and this means you are probably risking too much money per trade.

2) Learn that NOT trading is part of the game (Being out of a trade is a position)

It may seem counter-intuitive, but not trading is one of the easiest things you can do to help you make money consistently in the markets.

Of course, in order to know when not to trade you have to know exactly WHEN to trade. This involves mastering an effective trading strategy like price action so that you have NO DOUBTS about what your trading edge is and when it is present in the markets.

Always remember that by not trading you are also not losing money. If your goal is to profit consistently, then by not losing money you are obviously closer to your goal than if you had entered a stupid trade and lost. So, just be sure you have absolutely no doubts about entering every trade you take, because if a particular trade setup does not meet your pre-defined trading plan rules, it means that your edge is not present, and trading when your edge is not present is the same thing as gambling.

In my daily members’ commentary we often discuss how not trading is the best thing to do at the moment. Many traders underestimate how important sitting on the sidelines is to their long-term trading success. You really want to trade Forex like a sniper and not a machine gunner, by picking your trades wisely and only trading when your trading edge is present.

3) Become organized and disciplined

disciplineBecoming an organized and disciplined trader is something that every trader knows they must do. However, most traders are anything but organized and disciplined, or they make an attempt to become organized and disciplined but they don’t maintain it.

Instead of rambling about why you need to become disciplined and organized I will give you some tips to get you started (I assume you understand the importance of discipline and organization in trading, if not check out some of my other Forex articles):

1) You obviously need to know what you are looking for in the markets if you want to build an organized and disciplined trading approach around it. So, make sure you know what your trading edge is and that you have mastered it.

2) Create a trading plan, you need a forex trading plan, no matter how much you don’t want to make one or think that you don’t need to make one, I am telling you that you absolutely need to make one. You will build this around the trading strategy you have mastered. It should include what your trading edge is, how and when you will trade it, and risk management plans. Basically it needs to cover everything you will do in the markets as concisely as possible, yet still be comprehensive.

3) You need a Forex trading journal. Tracking your trades is a crucial element to developing and maintaining both organization and discipline in your trading. Simply put, if you don’t know where you’ve been you can’t know where you are going, you need to see your trading progress tracked over time in a real and tangible format in order to reflect back to you your discipline and organization or lack thereof.

My trading course and community will give you an organized guide that you can use to create your own trading plan off of. I have a forex trading journal that you can use to get started tracking your trades. You really need to get started on an organized and disciplined track in the market, and my course can give you that extra little “push” you need to get started.

4) Take a longer-term view of what “success” means

You need to stop and ask yourself what success in the markets means to you. Would you rather make 100% in one month in your trading account and then lose it all the next month, or would you be happy with a nice 30-50% gain over the course of one year?

Your chances of Forex trading success will be greatly improved if you just learn to “slow down” and take a part-time view to your trading, rather than wanting to be a full-time trader right of the gate.

By learning to trade on the daily charts first you will better understand why taking a longer-view is important to your overall success. You will get a much clearer and more accurate view of the markets by focusing on the daily charts. Many traders confuse themselves and induce over-trading by constantly obsessing over the lower-time frames. Lower time frames (time frames under the 1hr chart) induce over-analysis and inconsistency. If your goal is long-term consistent profitability, I suggest you focus your analysis on trading the daily charts in forex.

5) Develop a strict daily trading routine to develop positive trading habits

habitsIf you want to become a consistently profitable trader you will have to develop a consistent trading routine that is devoid of gambling-like behavior. By becoming organized and disciplined like we discussed above, you can develop a trading routine that will work to reinforce positive trading habits instead of negative ones.

Trading success really is dependent on developing the proper trading habits and continually reinforcing them. However, most traders develop negative trading habits and reinforce those instead. They do this by getting lucky on a few trades they have entered on a gamble by either over-trading or over-leveraging. Once they win on one or more of these gamble-trades, they have reinforced a negative trading habit that is very hard to break.

If you want to obtain the knowledge necessary to develop your own disciplined trading routine that will help you reinforce positive trading habits, check out my Forex trading course. You will find all my insight on price action trading and the other concepts discussed in today’s article.

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About Nial Fuller

is a Professional Trader & Author who is considered ‘The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. He has a monthly readership of 250,000+ traders and has taught 15,000+ students since 2008.
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53 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    Your site is highly educative, thanks for the share.

  2. maya says:

    Good day Nial

    Thanks for your generous inspiration

    God Bless

  3. arthurt says:

    many thanks for your clarity in installing traders the correct approach to trading price action forex. keep your articles, videos, etc coming.

  4. Galen says:

    Thank you Nial. Trading plan, Trading journal, Mastering one strategy, these will be the building blocks to put into my trading foundation.

  5. ibugreats says:

    nial since i started reading ur articles i have become a profitable trader . thanks nial pls keep those articles coming. i will be ur student very soon y i am delaying is cos i have no money to pay now. thanks.

  6. steve20555 says:

    Cheers Nial
    Another great lesson from you.

    Many thanks
    Steve

  7. DUDLEY SACKALOO says:

    As usual Nial is giving the hard facts on how to become a successful trader
    Dudley
    From Jamaica

  8. Cyriaqueg says:

    Hey Nial

    I have been studying Forex for about 3 years now, and I have to say your website is the most intuitive out there.

    I have blown about 3 live accounts so far but not giving up because I know that Forex is the best investment opportunity out there.

    Your are so right that novice trader should focuse on daily chart analysis something I have been doing a lot lately..

    Keep the articles coming

  9. Anton says:

    Being out of trade is position ….- thanks I need to read it again. Another excellent article. Thank You Nial

  10. kings says:

    great article. discipline, organization and a journal are keys to consistency.

  11. bethel says:

    great inspirational and forex educational write up, i think your journals and wealth of knowledge i have gotten from this articles are priceless thanks Nail keep it up.

  12. Ramli says:

    Thanks n greats article.

    Cheers

  13. Keith(from england) says:

    Hey another great christmas message! I like the ‘if you ACTUALLY read this’ point. you give away so much great info and insights all people have to do is read and they can learn from your wisdom. Thanks again Nial.

  14. Florina says:

    Hillarious, thunderous & marvellous articles as
    usual.
    Truly fallen in love with you.

  15. john says:

    good staff!!

  16. Michael says:

    Great article Nial,always look forward to these,Great stuff.

  17. Suparat says:

    Thanks for your article,As good as ever

  18. sheree says:

    Thanks Nial. A clear lesson and a timely reminder.

  19. Hari says:

    Dear Nial,
    Good article I made mistakes as you told done like gambling made money and lost …now i plan to be discipline and patiency….ur articles are very good…thanks
    hari
    sydney

  20. fxdude says:

    The basics that is constantly overlooked by novice traders like myself. Great reminder.

    Thanks Nial…..great stuff.

  21. vijay says:

    you always rocks. Best mentor and coach. I was trading from Last 3 years. blows my account several time and no hope. Finally after joining your course i have made 3 consecutive month profit.
    cheers
    vijay

  22. Jan says:

    Very good insight !!! Thx

  23. Kyaw says:

    Great article .

  24. steve says:

    It is in times of great market volatility like now that my mind has to be programed with only the finest mental lessons.
    Even though I think I know and follow all of today’s 5 steps, I am carefully going over each point to hone and sharpen my edge.

    Thanks Nial

  25. Jon says:

    I guess you just to keep re-inforcing this, I’m glad you do nial.
    Thanks.

  26. yogi says:

    Hi Nial
    Another great article. If these tips are strictly followed I am sure there will be more winners than losers. But how many of us are strictly following these. Keep up your good work.
    Many Thx

  27. kotijett says:

    Thanks Nial todays lesson has helped reinforce and support my trading with being on the sidelines recently and missing out on opportunities. Obviously not.

  28. Q says:

    Hey Nial,

    I have been following your articles for sometime now.. I hope to sign up in Jan next year.

    Q

  29. Mario says:

    thanks Nial, very well said, very helpful for us traders

  30. Mithun says:

    I LOve you Master !!

  31. JHW says:

    ∞L∆V∑∞

  32. George says:

    Lesson taken. Will try to comply and many thanks Nial.

  33. SAMM says:

    ANOTHER GREAT AND MOTIVATIONAL ARTICLE,,,,,THANKS SIR NIAL.

  34. Ismail says:

    Great and touching Articles keep it up.

  35. Anthony says:

    I think it’s an art to explain basic values that everybody knows, but only a few are aware of, in such a clear and understanding way..
    Good piece, Nial!

  36. hart says:

    Glad you come up with articles like this. It greatly helps in reinforcing desirable habits and eliminating the non-desirable ones.
    Thank you

  37. Mauricio says:

    In 45 days, i get 800% in my account, 30 trades, 25 winners, 5 losers ( Average 83.33%). In the trade #31, i lost the 50% of my account. I am destroyed, was a big blow to my confidence, now everything is confusion. I have been analyzing the situation and some conclusions are: LACK OF DISCIPLINE, OVER-LEVERAGING AND NOT TRADING PLAN.

    Thanks Nial

  38. Eileen Khoo says:

    Hi Nial

    Thank you for your great article. It comes at a very
    appropriate time when I am experiencing exactly what you have just hi-lighted. Being lazy in keeping a journal and adopting a gamble-like approach to trading sees me through a Yo Yo ride through my account.

    Thanks once again, I am going to follow your advice from here onwards!

  39. T Allen says:

    Well written article Nial – Thanks

  40. Joel says:

    Thanks for the continuing good lessons

  41. Gurpal says:

    Hi Nial,

    Hope you are well. Thank you for another superb lesson.

    Thank you for all your help

    Thanks and Regards

    Gurpal

  42. Filopastry says:

    Yes Sanjay
    great start to good habits .
    I have the 100% a month thing going on and its wrecking my trading.
    I am stopping trading and just doing journal and daily chart analysis for a couple of weeks.
    get the good habits flowing again.
    Nial you are a mind reader,
    Filopastry

  43. chris says:

    yeah.. Nial, its when we know what we are doing in forex can we quit our day jobs, depending on your strategy, one does not need to quit their day jobs and still make a killing in the forex business, many guru’s out there gave me false hope that one can make good money in 2 days….. after 2 days i was still unsure on how to place a moving average on my metatrader chart…haha..

    I am glad to find so much honesty in your message…..great work…keep this up….thanks..

  44. Mike says:

    Great article Nial

    My biggest fear is the second paragraph of item number 5. I know that if I start making gambling trades I won’t be able to stop. And I will lose everything. I think about my account balance going lower and lower, the anxiety of trying to make that next big winning trade and failing, the anger at myself for being stupid and losing everything. Wow I just don’t want to go there.

    All points great artical

  45. fx mike says:

    Thanks Nial.needed this one thismorning.

  46. Bullish says:

    Thanks Nial

    Great article When the market is not producing any pa signals it is time to get organized Thanks again

  47. zhafran says:

    Great lesson nial.. what I can say is after 8 months of trading ( and 8 months worth of mistakes ) I can’t say enough how much I agree with everything you just laid down in that article.. money is just a by product of successful trading.. although its hard to not immediately think about the money, I find that I am more “accurate” when I instead direct my focus towards improving my trading.. keep them articles comin!

  48. Devesh says:

    Great article Nial

  49. David says:

    Thank you for your article, it made a lot of sense.

  50. michael says:

    Good one there nial,lovely article do keep up the good work.

  51. Maitha says:

    Thank you Nial, it obvious things that we rarly focus on.

  52. jatinder says:

    After reading this now i can analyse my self…

  53. Sanjay says:

    Great Motivation to wake up to on this 1st of December morning!

    Cheers
    Sanjay

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