Build your Trading Confidence

Confidence can be an important psychological tool for the trader – important enough to make the difference between a winning trade and a losing trade. When you develop your trading plan, it is obviously important that you have confidence in its accuracy and usefulness and in your belief that you can follow your plan closely and execute it successfully.


Often, traders fall into a mental “I know it all” trap, where they use their confidence to nurture their ego instead of using it to be appropriately decisive in their trading and investing decisions. Such misplaced confidence can be crippling to trading success, because any potential influence from the environment (media, others’ opinions, etc.) that could sway the trader from sticking to his trading plan will have far more power. When a trader is caught in this type of trap, his ability to question his opinions and ideas diminishes. If his initial reaction to a suggestion is to accept it, he loses the capacity to question his acceptance; and if his initial reaction is to disagree, then he loses the capacity to question his disagreement, which can cause even the slightest suggestions from news, colleagues, and other influential sources to be magnified in the trader’s psyche.


If you’re caught in this trap, you’ll tend to make these magnified suggestions your own. When you do this, you give yourself logical reason and justification to act on them, even if it means you have to sway from your trading plan. Falling into this trap is characterized by being confident about things you really don’t know, instead of being confident about the things you know well, such as your trading plan.


Alternatively, when you have the right kind of confidence, you empower yourself to stick to your trading plan and deflect fear and doubt. Before making a trading or investing decision, be certain that you’re confident about what you’re confident about. The key is not to be confident about what you don’t know (especially when it comes to others’ opinions) but to be confident about your knowledge of objective facts and the trading plan that you have so laboriously developed.


To prevent misplacing your confidence, review decisions that you’ve made confidently but that turned out to be incorrect, evaluating exactly where your confidence was placed. Most of the time, you’ll discover that your decision was based on a suggestion not your own, but that you had made your own.


The market wants you to admit when you are wrong.  Commit to admit.  If the market is always right, and it is, then go ahead and let the market know NOW that you understand and accept its omnipotence.  Broadcast it to the heavens and to depths of the earth; broadcast it to your friends and family; broadcast it to your neighbors; broadcast it in every chat room you use to brag in.   Let everyone know you will be wrong more often than right and that you are OK with that.  If the market knows you do not mind being wrong the market will leave you alone.


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12 thoughts on “Build your Trading Confidence”

  1. Dear Sir,

    Thanks a lot for your kind words of appreciation. Where there is Will there is WAY

    I would request you to be a healthy critic which would allow me to improve as a trader,analyst and as a Human being.


  2. Dear Bramesh,

    As much as i would love to be critical of your articles, i hardly find anything that is wrong or that does not make sense. I have become a fan of yours through your articles, hard work and prompt responses to your followers. I sometimes wonder if this is really a hobby for you. You seem to put your heart into it. Does this in anyway overlap with your regular profession as claimed by you, the software engineering?

    Although with marriage, your priorities may change a bit, i request you to continue your selfless good work. Who knows? You may become a world leader through this passion of yours. I strongly believe that money follows success and not vice versa.

    Let me admit i can not follow the technical analysis part as much as i want to. But i do get the essence.

  3. Hi Sir,

    Its nice to know views shared on the blog are able to help you in your trading.

    You can join my course please contact me on my mail id for further details.


  4. Hi Sir,

    Thanks a lot .. I have sent you my course content on your mail id. Please check and let me know if you have any clarification.


  5. hi bramesh ji,
    i love reading your posts, this one is too practical amd impressive for all of us and helps deeply in our trading methodology. I am regular follower of your calls and stratergies as well as i am a regular follower of your posts. keep it up and pls send me the details as how i can learn the fundamental and technicals of it.
    aditya jain

  6. Hi Bramesh,

    Excellent Article!! Not ashamed of admitting that I made the same mistakes till about a year back, thats before I got in touch of your blog.
    Seriously I had a full turnaround in my trading abilities after following your blogs.Thanks for sharing your knowledge and guidence once again. Am really willing to take a course of yours if time permits.

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