Updated: Mar 10
Patience is a crucial trait for successful trading.
However, remaining patient in the fast-paced and often volatile world of trading can be challenging.
One effective way to develop greater patience in trading is through regular meditation practice.
Why? Because when you are impatient you are reacting to your thoughts with meditation you have to learn to sit and become aware and sit with your thoughts and learn to observe them, not judge them and let them come and go.
This is the exact same skill you need when you are either waiting for a trade or when in a trade.
Impatience arises when you unconsciously identify with the thoughts in your mind and react to them automatically, without any conscious awareness.
With meditation, you are learning to become aware of your own thoughts and learning the art of detachment and simply being the observer.
''Meditation can help traders cultivate greater self-awareness and mindfulness, which are essential skills for remaining patient in challenging market conditions.''
By regularly taking the time to sit and observe your thoughts and emotions, you can become more attuned to your inner workings, and recognize patterns in your thoughts and behaviors that may cause impatience.
Moreover, meditation can help you develop a greater sense of mindfulness, allowing you to focus on the present moment and avoid getting caught up in thoughts and emotions that lead to impatience.
By training your mind to remain present, you can become less reactive to external stimuli and make more rational level-headed decisions.
To incorporate meditation into your trading routine, consider taking a break during the day or pre-trading to sit quietly and focus on your breath.
How To Do It?
Set aside 20 minutes of your day for this practice, finding a quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
(As a general rule for traders, the more impatient you are the more meditation you should incorporate.)
There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Just sit there for 20 minutes observing your thoughts not judging or reacting to them. Just let them come and go.
Focus on the breath, everytime you notice a thought just tell yourself in your head 'Thinking'' and return to focusing on the breath.
It's that simple, most think that having thoughts means you are doing it wrong which so far from the truth.
It's the ''noticing'' and the awareness of your thoughts that means you are doing it right!
And this act is the exact same environment/skill that is required to be patient in trading.
In trading, you need to be able to notice your impulsive thoughts and learn to not react to them and instead learn to let them pass and remain focused on your plan just like you are practicing in meditation.
So meditation is patience in a nutshell.
This is how you can practice the skill of patience and build your waiting muscle.
By making this a regular part of your trading routine, you can develop greater patience and improve your ability to make rational, level-headed decisions, even in the most challenging market conditions.
In conclusion, developing patience is a critical skill for successful trading.
By incorporating a regular meditation practice into your trading routine, you can cultivate greater self-awareness, mindfulness, and emotional regulation, leading to improved decision-making and more significant profits in the long run.
So get meditating my friend!
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