Saturday, 12 February 2011
The Turning Tide?
I clearly have an issue first thing in the morning! I've messed up on several of my first trades of the day this week and realise it's a pattern that goes back a long way. I think I am just so eager to start well but also so impatient, that I jump in too soon. It happened today during the Vinci v Errani tie. What a match it was! Two of my fave players to watch, sparring it out in Pattaya - these Italians really know how to play stylish, all-court tennis. Some of the slices and volleys and lobs and net-play were just sublime - some of the men could do with learning from these girls!
Unfortunately, my trading was not such a spectacle and I found myself with a nasty red from not taking my time and waiting for a 'gut-feeling' moment. I started to get angry but this time, I nipped it in the bud, kept a lid on and took the red. I stayed calm enough to work it down with some nimble sniping and settled for just a small loss. I have to admit, it is these kind of trades that are the most satisfying. All my other trades were green today but it was this one that I gained most pleasure from. I really had to work at it and stay calm and focused for a long period - good signs.
So has the tide turned? Well undoubtedly, I'm now sticking to my strategy much better. Today was almost faultless and my confidence is back to 100%. The challenge now becomes to remain grounded, neutral and fully-focused. None of the greens were massive but they were consistent and that should be all that matters. As I've said before, I can easily double my stakes, so as long as I stay steady the profit will potentially be very generous. Tomorrow, I will be setting out a new set of ground rules which I hope will enable me to keep that perfect trader's mindset and prevent what happened this week from ever happening again. My God, what a week, I'm shattered!