When I first started trading (before going through the T2 training) I was a demo account king. I didn't have a written plan, no set in stone rules, but whenever I entered something it seemed to win. As you could expect I soon decided to trade live. After all I was realizing all of these demo profits so why shouldn't I take advantage and make some real money.......A month later I decided to stop trading live because I pretty much blew my account. It was at this point that I realized the psychological difference between trading with pretend money and real money. When trading with my own cash, I suddenly started to miss trades because I would think too much about them more before entering or I would take profits out way to early in fear that the markets may reverse. My winning percentage was positive, but that meant nothing since I was letting losers ride, and cutting winners short. Because I had a small account I would get upset at my wins because the payoff seemed so minimal compared to the amount of stress it took to get there, and I would get upset at my losers because I had to watch my hard earned money go down the drain. It was a never ending cycle that not only did a toll on my account, but my psyche as well.
After my hiatus from trading and finishing the T2 training course, I started over with a clean slate. I had properly back tested, written a detailed training plan, and laid out specific goals that I wanted to reach. I opened a small account and was trading pretty consistent for the first few months. After seeing that I was doing well a family member of mine wanted to get in on the action. (I honestly knew I wasn't ready to trade anybody else's money but eventually I agreed.) I was given about 20 times the amount that I was trading before and although I continued to trade consistently for the following couple of months he wasn't happy with the monetary return I was making on his investment. This pressure lead me to focus on chasing a dollar figure rather than a consistent monthly percentage and I fell back into the same boat as the previous paragraph. (Luckily for me, I noticed the path that I was heading down and decided to cut trading ties with this client before it got too bad.)
Jason once said this in his class, "if you can make a dollar in the market, you can make a million." This seems odd at first but if you think about it it's very true. Trading is about controlling your percentages not profits. If you can make a consistent percentage trading each month with a 10k account then your $300 a month profit will easily change to a $3,000 a month profit without you doing anything different. This may be hard to realize at first, but give it time and you'll slowly start to see a difference in your account balance and even more importantly your trading habits. Being a trader with a small account I tried to remind myself of this every day by putting it in the psychology & philosophy section of my trading plan (which I read every day before trading) but also by having a note in my room that says "Just Keep Doing What You're Doing." I realize that even though my account is small, my percentages are high and if I can consistently trade the right way it's only a matter of time before I get rewarded more for putting in the same amount of work.