Updated: Apr 30
Today I’m diving into the ‘secret sauce’ of successful trading: maintaining motivation and discipline. At Good Kids Trading (GKT), we're all about keeping our cool, trading small, trading often, and staying focused on the long game. Let's chat about some tips and techniques that'll I use to stay disciplined, and motivated to ensure long-term success in your options trading journey.
Keep your goals reasonable:
First things first, set yourself realistic trading goals. If you are looking to double or triple your account GKT is not for you. At GKT we stress breaking the big dreams into smaller, more achievable milestones, so you can track your progress and celebrate the little wins in your options trading journey. It'll help you stay focused on the big picture, and that's what we're all about.
Create a trading plan:
You need a solid trading plan. By solid I mean the strategies you're using should make sense for the current market conditions and you should totally understand your entry and exit plans. Outline your trading strategies, risk tolerance, entry and exit points, and position sizing. Write out your plan, believe your plan, and stick to the plan! A written plan helps you avoid those pesky impulse decisions that can throw you off track. Emotions are the hardest part of trading, with a plan you just execute without the emotions.
Risk management is just as important as profit targets:
You need to have rules when it comes to risk management in trading. This means you know how much you are going to risk on each trade, you keep it consistent, and you stick to it no matter what. Remember our motto: trade small, trade often. It's the key to reducing risk and upping those profits in the stock market. Decide when to setup a defined risk or undefined risk trade and what percentage of your account's buying power you want to utilize. See this blog post: here
Never stop learning, don’t get too comfortable:
Embrace the learning mindset. Options trading is an ever-evolving game and we have keep up. Just because it works today doesn’t mean it will continue working forever. Continue your education: watch webinars, read options trading books or articles, and join communities like GKT to learn from your fellow traders. Stay open to new ideas and your options trading skills will soar.
Keep Emotions in check:
Trading can be a wild ride and you need to stay in control of your emotions. Fear or greed creeping in? Don’t panic and take a step back (close the broker and walk away from the screen for a bit). Trading out of fear and panic normally results in a bigger loss. When you are winning on every single trade don’t get overly confident. Emotional discipline is the name of the game for consistent options trading success.
Get a trade Journal:
Write it all down in a trading journal. I know, I know… I don’t like logging all my trades either. A trade journal is your secret weapon for spotting patterns and learning from your experiences in the options market. Review it regularly to fine-tune your strategies and keep that growth mindset going strong.
Work-life balance is key:
Don't forget to take a breather and enjoy life outside of trading. Overtrading leads to burnout and bad decisions, so make sure you're taking breaks and doing things you love. A healthy work-life balance will keep you motivated and laser-focused on those long-term goals.
Do not over-leverage
Let's talk about discipline, specifically avoiding over-leverage in options trading. Things are going great, and it's tempting to up your position size, but hold up! Over-leveraging can lead to massive losses. Stick to your risk management rules, and resist the urge to overdo it, even when you're on a roll.
Stay strong in tough times:
Losses happen, drawdowns happen. It's part of the game in the stock market. What matters is how you bounce back and that you bounce back! Don’t start doubling down. Just keep your chin up during those tough times, learn from your mistakes, and eventually you'll start seeing them as opportunities for growth. With a positive attitude and enough discipline, you'll come out stronger on the other side.
Stay motivated and disciplined in your options trading, and you'll be well on your way to long-term success. Keep your goals realistic, your plan solid, and your risk management on point. And remember, trade small, trade often, and trade mechanical. If you're interested in joining a community of traders and learning more about these strategies, consider joining Good Kids Trading (GKT) by clicking here.