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Being "In The Zone"

This 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.

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Being "In The Zone"
 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 and
 the charts he/she is trading. He/she can just "feel" what is going to
 happen next and act accordingly with the flow.
 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 and its
 swings using whatever technical system you may be using (and they all
 come down to one thing.... increasing your edge when getting in/out)
 I basically believe that the "zone" can be reached once you have
 mastered your system and you totally trust yourself, basically when
 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 and deliver
 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
 without thinking.
 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 received during
 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 in
 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 without having
 mastered one's system first, one will teach one's brain and one's body
 about all the negative experience which will hinder one's ability to
 get in the zone eventually.
 I believe trading is no different to the activities I have mentioned
 above, like sport competition where something valuable (world title)
 is to be win or loss. Because the same feelings (fear/greed/lack of
 confidence....) will interfere and prevent the athlete from being in
 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 Setup,
 Master your Self" and I believe you will be on your way to the Zone  :-)
 Happy Trading!






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