My trading mentor Jason Stapleton once told me that you know that you're a good trader when it's boring. During his classes he continued to emphasize the importance of taking emotion out of trading. Without going into details he has trained us to attack the market as if we were in the special forces (which he was a member of).  One of his main concepts was I.P.D.E. which stands for Identify, Predict, Decide, and Execute. I bring this up because I have very quietly had an amazing past two weeks in the market and didn't even realize it. I don't know if it's because i'm becoming more confident in my craft or that I have just been concerned with the other events occurring in my life, but I didn't realize how good I have been doing until I recently opened my account statement a few minutes ago.  maybe trading has finally gotten boring for me. When I opened it I honestly thought that they sent me the wrong statement because I didn't remember placing that many trades.  But as I looked at my own spreadsheet it was correct.  I think it's because I've been acting on pure rules instead of getting emotionally involved with each trade. I have been entering them, setting my stops and targets, then forgetting about them while they do what they do. Maybe I have become the trading Robot. That would be pretty cool! With that being said a couple fantastic weeks doesn't make me a successful trader yet. I need to turn these weeks into months and months into years, then I will truly deserve the crown that I seek. 

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ed
5/17/2011

Holly Molly!!! Whats up with all those screens!!?

Is That Really your setup?

You should do an article on how you manage that!

Amazing.

Good Luck and Good Trading! ;)
from 1 stapleton student to another.

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Doug Endsley
5/17/2011

I went through Todd Brown's course on systems trading and now I am in Jason's.It truly is a journey in self analysis. Trading becomes second nature if you can master the self discipline that these guys teach.

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A. Stokes
5/17/2011

Thanks for the comments. And no those aren't all my screens I only have 2. I just googled pictures of trading setups and I liked this one. Not only did it look cool but it inspires me to reach that point one day. maybe not that many screens but a full office like Jason and Todd have. I'm big on visual motivation so I figured that if I see it everyday then it will keep me focused. Doug- I agree taking Jason's course has changed my life. I'm still not where I want to be as far as my trading goes but I know and feel confident that I have been taught the tools and mindset needed to get there. Thanks fellas

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