Module 12 Innerworth — Mind over markets

Chapter 60

Don’t Be a Grinch: Relax and Seek Out Balance

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss is a parable of modern life. The Grinch sneaked into town and tried to ruin everyone’s Christmas by stealing the presents and materialistic symbols of Christmas, but he couldn’t steal the spirit of Christmas from the hearts of the people. The townspeople felt connected to each other and they celebrated what they did have. The story should remind us that in our hectic lives, it is vital to seek out psychological balance. It is essential that you make sure that you connect with other people and feel a personal bond with others. Trading may be important, but it isn’t the only thing. It’s just one of the many things that you do. The more you can remember that fact, the more successful you’ll be as a trader in the long run.

Trading is a demanding profession. It requires overcoming repeated setbacks and focusing a great deal of energy on staying at the top of your game. But a single-minded focus on success usually fails in the long run. Those traders who maintain a peak performance mindset have long-lasting success. And cultivating a peak performance mindset requires one to seek psychological balance: Make sure that your life is multi-faceted, rather than focusing solely on trading. Make sure that you have fun in areas outside of trading. Enjoy spending time in fulfilling relationships, and enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t be all business and single-mindedly in pursuit of profits.

Many seasoned traders warn: “Don’t forget to appreciate the advantages of working as a trader.” Trading offers freedom, freedom to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Trading provides the means to enjoy life. So regardless of whether you have had a profitable year or not, reward yourself by taking a nice, well-deserved break. One of the reasons you’re trading is to enrich your life. It’s important to remember that. It’s important to celebrate what life has to offer. If you are not enjoying your life to the fullest, it will gnaw at you. In the back of your mind, you’ll think, “Why am I spending my life trading?” Use this time to remember why you trade. Use this time to remind yourself about what really matters to you.

Make sure that you have a balance between working as a trader and the things that give your life a deeper meaning. If you ensure that you lead a balanced life, you’ll be able to cultivate the peak performance mindset that is a key element to consistently profitable trading.

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