Are You Really in Control of Your Trading Performance?

The Duomo Initiative
2 min readSep 20, 2021
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In most situations in life, there are things we can control and things we can’t. This is especially true in situations that involve other people; we can account for our actions but not theirs.

For example, an Olympic athlete might want a gold medal, but whether they get one or not isn’t actually within their control. They could train as hard as possible and hire the best coaches in the world, but if someone else is better than them at competition time, they aren’t going to win.

This is also what we experience in the markets. We can perform fantastic analysis, be exceptionally well prepared and have a great system, but what the market does is still out of our control. We can still lose.

That can be a bitter pill to swallow, particularly for new traders who tend to believe, at least subconsciously, that as you get better at trading you achieve absolute certainty and control. Unfortunately not!

This leaves us with something we need to reconcile in our minds if we want to have the best chance of succeeding.

On one hand, we need to accept that we can’t control the markets. This will affect the way we look at many things. For example, when we’re setting goals, we shouldn’t be setting them based on our return, because that relies on aspects we can’t control.

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