are the Holy Grail
common theme is there in trading than people looking for the Holy
many times do we hear these remarks from traders: �If I could
JUST find the right system.� �If the market would just stop
going sideways.� �If
I could just get the right entry.�
goes up�some people are making money while others are losing
goes down�some people are making money while others are losing
How do we
explain the discrepancy in results?
The market is the market.
How does one person make money while another is on the other
end of the trade, losing money?
Same market. Same
Or how about
this one: Two people are at the same workshop; they learn the exact
same system and buy the same software.
One goes out and makes money, and the other loses.
What is the
only variable in all of these examples? The individual.
expect the market to behave a certain way, but we can expect YOU to
behave a certain way. The
only variable is YOU.
definition of �you� is not as clear as some might think.
Let me explain. Most
people have some awareness of a variety of �yous� that are
talking in their head. Perhaps
we could call them �me, myself, and I.�
Let�s examine these three more closely.
The �Big I�
(The Scout Up in the Crow�s Nest)
In our �me,
myself, and I� equation, this would be the �I�. We
could say that when it leaves your body, you�d be considered dead.
One of my 28-day course graduates, who was an ER doctor, told
a story of a woman who had flatlined on the table.
When she came to, she was recounting details of what the
doctors and nurses had been doing in their attempt to revive her.
The doctor said there was no way these things could have been
seen from any vantage point other than floating above the scene.
refer to this �I� as their Soul, Spirit, Higher Self, or
Conscience. It is a
power source that is invisible and undeniably powerful.
An example of how this �I� operates is when we say, �I
am happy to return this wallet to the lost and found.�
Or �I know that Fred was being rude, but I am
going to be the bigger person.�
This �I� always takes you along the path of the
If we were to
use a ship metaphor, this �I� would be like a scout up in
the crow�s nest of a ship who has a broad vantage point and can
then communicate his observations to the captain below.
This �bird�s eye view� assists the Captain to make good
decisions that generate desired results.
The ship steers a good course, as opposed to ending up on the
The Conscious Mind or �regular I� (The
Captain of the Ship)
In our triad
of �me, myself, and I� this would constitute the �me�
aspect. We refer to this
as your conscious mind. It
uses logic and analysis to make choices and has free will.
It might be what you call the captain of the ship.
You make decisions such as �Should I trade the S&P or do
I prefer the Russell.� Your
conscious mind is your �decider.�
You use this aspect a LOT in trading.
The little �i�
(Some Members of the Crew Having a Mutiny)
This is the
�myself� portion of our �me, myself and I� equation.
I write it as �my self�, separating the words.
This �separated self� or little �i� is actually a
program that has separated from the Big I during our
formative years as a result believing faulty and erroneous
misinformation might have come from the outside when a parent
remarked, �You�ll never amount to anything� and
you believed it. From
that time forward, this person might not try out for the
school play or go out for track thinking" I won�t make it anyway,
so why try?"
source of faulty information has its origin in our own self-talk: things
we tell ourselves. For
example, when we volunteered a wrong answer in school and the
teacher loudly proclaimed that our answer was way off track, we
might have thought �How could I be so stupid?� and
decided never to participate in school again.
programs continue to fire off unconsciously until we do our inner
work. That is exactly
why Van�s curriculum includes the so much education about trading
psychology. Traders need to know how to discern which �I� is
pulling the trigger when they trade and what to do if the wrong one
is running the show!!
Grail, then, is trading with the scout and the captain in
alignment�that is, the �I and me� in agreement.
In our ship metaphor, this translates to the scout shouting
down sound information from the crow�s nest followed by the
captain making good decisions based upon it.
That IS the Holy Grail. You
need look no further than within.
The catch is
that we must clear out and rid ourselves of the little �i�s
steering us into the rocks. It is not useful to hear thoughts like, �What
if this is another loser like the last two?� and then
miss an opportunity by not taking the trade.
About Libby Adams: Carol "Libby" Adams, Ph.D., D.D., author of
Voices of Selves, is the Executive Director of the Academy of Self-Knowledge. She is a highly skilled presenter and educator, having taught many years in the public school system. She is a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and specializes in Transformational Meditation�, a process she has developed and used successfully with hundreds of students over the past ten years.
To learn more, visit, www.transformationaltrading.com.
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