In “Trading in the Zone”, Douglas wrote that all trading errors due to Fears.
Four Primary Fears:
1. The fear of being wrong.
2. The fear of losing money.
3. The fear of missing out (on the trade and profits).
4. The fear of leaving money on the table, or giving back open profits.
These fears lead traders to second-guess their trading rules and strategies. They might buy too early as they were afraid that the market was going to run away without them. And they might sell too soon as they were so worry that the market would snatch their profit, and not waiting for the trade to develop and to hit their set target.
1. Have a system.
2. Have a clear set of rules for entering and exiting trades.
3. Follow your rules!
Have faith in your system and faith in your rules. If your system is a good one you will make money.
So you must follow the rules of your system, instead of reacting to your emotions when deciding whether to enter or exit a trade.