was posted to NQoos Yahoo Group by
Christophe. It speaks to many personal trading experiences I hold both on being
"In The Zone" and the value of paper trading.
back to more trading
Being "In The
I believe that what we call "being
in the zone"
is a state of mind
whereby our mind is totally free of thinking
and fully into a "feeling
mode". It is a state of mind where fear, greed
and all negative
emotions have disappeared as the trader is completely
"immersed" in a
world of feeling where he/she is totally
in sync with the markets
the charts he/she is trading. He/she can just "feel"
what is going to
happen next and act accordingly with
This is my personal view and
interpretation of "being
in the zone".
How do we get there? is the most interesting question
in trading IMHO.
I believe that one of the way
to get there is basically training,
training, training and training.....
You have to train your mind to get in
the flow of the market
swings using whatever technical system you may be using (and
come down to one thing.... increasing your edge when getting
I basically believe that the "zone"
can be reached once you have
mastered your system and you totally trust yourself,
you have opened the door to "reflexes"
and closed the door to "hard
Mastering your setup is the basic founding stone that
gives you the
mental strength to master your self and be
in the zone
I used to be a fierce critic of paper trading. I have
come to realize
now that paper trading is invaluable like training for athlete before
competition. No boxer/martial athlete is going to go in
the ring without
training as hard as they can and mastering their
techniques, no actor
is going to stand up in a theatre play without
rehearsing countless number
of times until he/she feels the
speech is coming out automatically
Trading with real money without having mastered your setup/system, is
to me like if one decided to challenge Lennox Lewis in
the ring as he
is barely discovering boxing. What are the chances
of winning that
fight? Worst not only would one loose but the wounds
the fight would be such that the
newbie would probably not be able to
stand up for another fight and the
negative painful memory association
of the loss would probably
hinder any potential the newbie has got
Well I believe the same goes for trading
in the zone.
One cant be in
the zone without having
practicing/rehearsing one's system a countless
number of time. If one starts trading with real money
mastered one's system first, one will teach one's brain and
about all the negative experience which will hinder
one's ability to
get in the
I believe trading is no different to the activities I
above, like sport competition where something valuable (world title)
is to be win or loss. Because the same feelings
confidence....) will interfere and prevent
the athlete from being
the zone and
deliver 110% of his/her capabilities.
Why do children learn much faster and easily than
adults? I believe
the answer lies with the lack
of negative experiences/feedbacks
associated with the learning process
and the fact obviously that their
brain is a green field.
As Nqoos, Buffy and many others have said, "Master you
Master your Self" and I believe you will be on your way
to the Zone :-)