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17 minutes ago, jfw215 said:

GU closed for -1R. It made it to 2.8R but not quite the 3R. There was also a EU long trade that happened about 4:15am EST. FOMC is over now so let's see if we can get a nice trend setup today.

 

Correction: the GU made it to 45 out of a 49 tick target. It was a 2.5R full target, not 3R. The EU long trade was 7:15am EST. I will refrain from getting up even earlier with the goal of not missing the next one. I notice after each trade, the mind, with the desire of wanting to experience a win, subtly pushes me to deviate from trading plan. My main concern with this set of 20 trades is build a greater sense of consistency in my execution and self trust. I realized the outcome of each individual trade absolutely does not matter. If I started to care about it, I am assuming that somehow I am responsible for the market's movement, which I am not. I am only responsible for following my trading plan, which can be adjusted after the 20 trades based on the stats I collect. 

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I took this limit long on the retest of the earlier 123 and support area. Target is near top of the zone. I notice that my target needs to be more mechanical in the sense that I may be influence to have a more/less aggressive target based on the results of the last trade. I have collected some modifications for the next batch of trades. 

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Came back to check on price after an hour of meditation, EU came within 3 ticks of target... Fascinating the ego brings up the story of betrayal, as if the market was out there to get me. I then reminded myself cool, this trade went over 2R. Even better yet, I acted consistently with executing my trading plan! Let the market do its thing. 

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On 8/22/2019 at 6:05 PM, jfw215 said:

EU is still trading in a range. I'm heading out of town tonight and won't be back until Sunday evening. 

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That trade ended up with -1R. I missed a long and short setup over the last 2 days while out of town. I am stalking a long setup right now. 

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Stopped for -1. There was an early stop that I could take if the plan allowed me to trail stop. I am noticing emotions of disappointment showing up for me. A recurring pattern: I try to avoid feeling disappointment -> I take action -> then I interpret the action from the lens of disappointment -> I feel disappointed with the outcome. Tho it is not a self fulfilling prophecy, it sure feels as it is. I am recently read Letting Go by David Hawkins and it has reminded me of so many emotional blindspots I have. Time for a walk on the beach and let go of the emotions that are arising. The biggest take away from reading this entire thread is recognizing self compassion, allowing myself to make mistakes and learn, not making myself feel wrong, and keep taking swings with gratitude is key.

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Taking full responsibility for my wellbeing, I did a round of EFT tapping around disappointment. At the end of the session, he mentions to give up "pre-arranged upsets". It's ilke I take a subpar trade, and I pre-determine, if this sub-par trade doesn't work, then I will feel upset. That is how the self-fulfilling prophecy works. I try to avoid a feeling -> I designate what must happen (outside of my control) so that this feeling will or will not be triggered -> the pre-arranged upset scenario occurs (which would have happened even if I did not define it as such, so it is totally a neutral event) -> I feel the feeling I tried to avoid. Bingo. I give this whole gambit up. I give up the right to make myself upset if my expectations are not met. Instead, I choose to ask what can I learn from it. In this case, remembering, all trade outcomes are random and give up the pre-arranged upsets for random outcome. 

I took the trade because I had an expectation that I should be taking trades. I should also be taking winning trades. I give up any expectations that I should be able to catch the next trade. Maybe I will maybe I won’t. I give up these expectations.  

 

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The UJ long was cancelled. 

Currently stalking GU short. This morning was very slow. I found an interesting quote from Thales as I read through my notes from this log:

"I remember the palpable feeling of change that came over me as I evolved from "looking for a trade" to "waiting for the trade to come to me." When I do make a mistake, I can almost always attribute it to an impatience on my part to trade and thus forcing myself to take a position rather than simply waiting to hear from the market itself. "

I noticed I would be looking for trades instead of waiting for them to come to me. The idea here is an "pre-arranged upset"/expectation that I am here, I should be doing something to make money. I am letting that go.

Thales also talks about the danger of "filtering" for trades. The mind wants to be right and thus believes by filtering certain looks of the bars, it can filter out the losers and catch the winners. I have been doing that my entire decade long search for the grail. I see that this is doomed because the success of a trade cannot be determined. Furthermore, PA can create the H/L/LH or L/H/HL entry criteria shown on 1min or 15min bars. A 123 that occurred fast on the 1min would not even show up on the 15min. The key is to look for them with the right context. I would like to be able to describe this illusive context in greater detail as this journey continues.

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GU update. Not looking good, it made it to .95R and came back and a 123 short. I am not touching this. So far this exercise has been challenging. 4/7 trades made it to 1R or more. 1 made it to .95R. 2 made .1R. If I could trail stop initially, worst trade would have been for less than 1/2R loss. Since my targets were all very big with stop or target. I have taken loss on every trade. I will continue to finish this set of exercises with the intention of rewarding myself for consistent action. Next round, I will aim for the 1R exit only. The one after that, I will aim for 1R plus pull cord if it doesn't take off. One step at a time.

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GU was stopped out last night. Stalking EU long this morning. I woke up with Thales saying that I am here to wait for trades to come to me, not to look for them. Staying patient.

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Since I'm already long EU, I can't short UJ. Here's setup on UJ. I don't particularly like this setup but hey, I'm not here to guess which ones will work.

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19 minutes ago, jfw215 said:

EU stopped. That was quick. 

I would like to think, if I could have pulled ripcord, here's what I would have done.

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I did not take this trade because it's at R. I am starting to feel like there's a missing piece in my trading. When I did the exercise of marking H's and L's on the 15min chart without S/R I would never think in countertrend terms. I would wait for PA to tell me the trend is changing or has changed. However, when I add the S/R lines, it's almost like that I lose this sense of context and I just look to buy S or sell R. This doesn't work when the context is saying buy R because price is making HHs and HLs. Here's a UJ buy R example. I don't know which way it will go but I don't see why this trade isn't valid.

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and here's the ripcord on the UJ if I did go long. I believe the right approach is not to say, oh this trade didn't work, therefore I should not take this trade anymore. Rather it is accepting that I don't know what will happen, what I will do is therefore take trades that stand out to me that falls within my trading plan and than manage the risk tight while allowing it to run. 

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