Visualizing Large Windfalls

Most people, when asked if they are comfortable making a large amount of money, will quickly tell you, "absolutely, no question about it." But you know what, very few people are really comfortable with it in their subconscious. This is because most people's idea of how long it takes to make a certain amount of money is very ingrained in their minds.

Believe it or not, most people will unconsciously give back their large winnings because they really aren't comfortable with making money as quickly as is possible in trading. The ideas behind time, effort, and profits are extremely different than what is usually thought of in a "normal job." Most people are used to getting a salary or an hourly wage, and it doesn't change a whole lot.

But a trader obviously has a very different situation. The amount of effort put forth and the amount of time it takes to make a certain amount of money is unlike almost any other business in the world. Since most people are not used to this situation, if a large windfall does occur for a trader, the trader's self-image must agree with that situation. In other words, the person has to have a self-image that is deserving of large windfalls. And most traders (especially new traders) do not have a self-image that says making thousands of dollars in a matter of minutes (or even seconds) is O.K.

Making money that quickly is something most people (outside of trading) don't ever experience. So when it happens, and the person is not mentally prepared for it, more often than not, he will give the money back by making trading mistakes, or trading wildly without concern for risk. In my opinion, this happens because inside the person feels guilty for making money so quickly without much effort.

With this being the case, we need a visualization exercise to get used to these large windfalls. In other words, we need to change our self-image to the kind of person who feels deserving of making profits (large or small) in the markets and then protect those profits.

It is important to note that most people do not really believe they feel this way. They think they do deserve to make a large amount of money and there is nothing wrong with it. But in reality, the programming (things they've learned as they grow up) they've received throughout their lives is so ingrained inside themselves they don't consciously think they have this problem.

The only thing I can tell you is the results of your trading are the real key. If you are able to hold onto your large windfalls without giving most, if not all, of it back to the markets, then you are in good shape. In this case, your self-image does agree with the ideas of large windfalls.

But, on the other hand, when you have a big winning trade and very quickly afterwards you're giving that money back to the market by making poor decisions, then it's clear. Your self-image does not agree with your making big money. If it did, you would be better able to hold onto your profits. Again, most people don't admit this simply because they feel it so deeply they don't consciously think about it.

But you should rest assured that with some visualization techniques, this can be easily changed. You will learn to change your self-image to accept and protect large windfalls.

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