Forex Trading goals: how to reduce the cost of searching for a million

Optimum Forex trading goals
or why the market is not a paintball,
but the bench shooting

Attempts to open trading transactions without a clear understanding of the consequences of their actions quickly knock out the bulk of the newcomers from the market.

Why is this so?

The main reason is the incorrect estimation of your place in the market and inefficient planning.

Large players survive in the financial market due to the fact that all their trading objectives (short-term and prospective) are based on special knowledge, technical capabilities, and years of experience, psychological stability and proper management of capital.

Does this sound familiar?

But statistics proves − more than 90% of newcomers leave their money to a predatory market.

For whom this article?

… for those, who:

  • only prepares for a march to the financial market (for «easy and fast» money!);
  • trades on a demo account (and will consistently receive a «virtual profit»!);
  • opened a real account and already received the first losses.

You must set yourself a clear goal and project it onto your subconscious mind in order to constantly control the movement towards it. The more formulated the real goals, the less risk to your deposit.

Goals in trading are traditionally defined as financial, technical, psychological and risk management.

Financial trading goals

… are based on the fact that it is difficult for the newcomers to realize that money is both a trading asset and a result in the financial market. Therefore, the main objective of each transaction is to avoid loss and maintain the necessary level of funds.

For a stable balance of these business tasks, the trader must control:

  • duration of the transaction;
  • volatility of a trading asset;
  • level of a margin security;
  • the minimum level of profit;
  • costs for spread and broker’s commission.

If you manage to get out of every deal with at least a zero result − do not get discouraged! Your profit is a practical experience (see here).

Your financial motivation should be supported by the correct psychological attitudes, knowledge, experience, discipline and confidence in your actions.

Experience partival victories no less instuctive than defeats experience.
Edwin Lefevre

Technical trading goals

… are the qualitative implementation of the trading plan, that it:

  • is determined in accordance with the trading strategy;
  • contains a clear indication of the trading asset, price levels, technical tools;
  • describes the rules of action in any trading situation;
  • requires the availability of technical skills, which the trader uses (or studies in the process of the professional development).

Your technical trading goals should be scalable, so the movement towards achieving long-term benchmarks is accomplished by performing successive short-term steps, with separate parameters.

So, here we go further.

Psychological trading goals

… are based on the constant development of your personality: observance of the discipline, organization of the working time, control of emotions.

The psychological attitude in each transaction should be positive (regardless of the complexity of the goal!), without a doubt, fear and other subjective concepts. Whether you succeed in achieving this goal or whether it will have to be «adjusted» to new conditions − is a secondary issue.

For effective development of the psychological goals you will need:

  • Activation − the goal should have clear priorities and motivate to solve specific problems, so it should describe not only the action, but also the final result.
  • Perseverance (but not stubbornness!) − willingness to commit to complete devotion. It is inadmissible to carry out frequent «adjustment» of goals, especially − in the direction of the reducing profits.
  • Development − effective usage of knowledge and skills, continuous self-education, critical evaluation and analysis of the trade actions.
  • Focusing − choosing the most profitable route to the goal with filtering everything superfluous and negative.

A stable psychological state during the trade will ensure the realization of all the goals from the series «success», «wealth», «pleasure», «ambition».

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
George Bernard Shaw

Risk management

... this topic is given a lot of time in training and very little − in practice, although it is precisely the right management that is a prerequisite for achieving all the goals in trading. For risk control, the following must be installed:

  • the maximum size of trading lot (for each asset − separately);
  • maximum level of loading on deposit (usually − not more than 30-40%);
  • level of risk in each transaction, for a trading day, a week, a month;
  • reliable methods of the replenishment of an account and withdrawal of the funds;
  • effective methods for adjusting losses.

If the amount of loss approaches the critical levels, you must stop trading, analyze mistakes, correct strategy, and financial and technical goals (see above and see here ).

It seems that everything is simple, but here's the problem: the market likes to create ...

False targets or «traps»

... arise when the first successes create a «false» sense of control over the market for a newcomer, and cause even a technically competent trader to violate the principles of the systematic trading.

So, the «trap»№1: Money as the main goal of trading

It is difficult to understand those who want to get out $1 million of $100 in the shortest time and with minimal effort. The desire to make a profit is quite reasonable, but money should not be the only goal, because:

  • the amount of profit does not mean high quality of trade;
  • a random (outside the trading system) profit diverts from a reasonable analysis of the market;
  • unreasonably high (and therefore − unreached!) profit targets cause psychological disruption;
  • attempts to recover losses lead to even greater losses.

Your goal − to earn a little, but stable, and − in any market.

«Trap» №2: Personal ambitions as a «false» goal

Destructive aspiration to be the best (as an option: to earn the most, or something to prove to someone) can lead to the collapse even of very experienced traders.

The cure for this problem should be sought in the field of psychology and control of emotions, and therefore − just a few tips:

  • do not set too complex (or too simple) goals;
  • do not get involved in competition or rivalry with colleagues;
  • do not give rash promises to earn.

Your goal should be adequate to your abilities and financial capabilities − of course, provided with proper management.

«Trap» № 3: Non-compliance of the goals with the current market

All trading goals must be adaptive so that the trader does not face the dilemma: «all or nothing», «now or never», «just like that, and not otherwise».

The market is volatile, and those ideas, methods, strategies that worked well yesterday, under the new conditions may prove ineffective. The trading system itself must give you a signal about the need for correction, in addition, your trading opportunities may change and, accordingly, you will have to adjust your trading objectives.

Always leave at least one more trading opportunity as an incentive for self-confidence.

And some more practical remarks ...

Financial partnership as the trading goals

... those who still doubt their trading abilities, can find additional opportunities for earning in marketing. You can:

  • become an active broker partner;
  • organize a team for the collective trading;
  • open a brokerage company or training center;
  • organize an investment fund.

Always treat trading as a full and active business.

Trade on credit

Remove from your mind a rigid rule of «trading = money».

Look at it this way:

you can enjoy not only the result, but also the very «voyage» for profit, and also constantly look for incentives for personal development.

Your goals should be tangible − but quite achievable, difficult, but interesting.

In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.
Warren Edward Buffett

Professionalism as the ultimate goal of the trading

If your goal is to become a real trader, then you need (at least!):

  • change the psychological formulation of «I want money» for «I want to trade successfully»;
  • always plan your actions clearly;
  • understand why we trade in this way, and not otherwise;
  • determine what is needed to achieve the goals.

The difference in trade between a novice and a professional is obvious: one runs after an imaginary enemy, does not catch up and loses, the second − is sitting in ambush and shooting at the target.

Moreover, it is important not only to run in the right direction and aim well, but also to make sure that the trunk is not aimed at you.

And what is a result?

... it is recommended:

  • establish goals that will continuously stimulate your success;
  • create a list of their goals and determine their priorities;
  • identify the fundamental goals (psychological and financial);
  • smaller goals are strictly coordinated with the main ones.

If you have correctly chosen the goals in trading, then your dream will be healthy and calm, and the result on the trading account is stably positive.

Try It Yourself

Trading psychology is one of the essential pillars of the Forex success, so even if you are an experienced trader, you shouldn’t dismiss a trading psychology advice.

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