Learning to trade or, more specifically, the journey you en route to becoming a professional trader can be a bumpy one. This is similar to many things in life but if you are committed to make trading work for you, then you need to realise that these bumps will keep coming.
Week 4 ends with all your new-found motivation lost once more and your co-workers welcome you back while trying to hide their annoying ‘told-you-so’ snickers.
So, whenever you are being motivated, double check. Is this motivation resonating with me, am I driven to take action, or is it just an outer shell? If it’s a true motivation from within yourself, retain the motivation, if it’s somebody else’s, discard it. Simple and effective. Note that this is just a safety measure. I usually consider interior motivation to be true and exterior motivation to not feel so true. If you are the kind of person that can hear about others’ achievements and still act with perfect confidence and discipline as if it were yourself, by all means do it. It’s just most people don’t consider exterior motivation that truthful after some time, and this is the way to prevent that.
With the foundation in place, you are now primed for stoking the flames of inspiration. We all find inspiration from different places. Some enjoy going for a quite walk along the beach, while others find inspiration from the busy hustle and bustle of a crowded urban street. Or perhaps a movie or a book inspire you. Others still find learn new things from those who lived before us. The Thomas Edison quote “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time,” inspires many to continue on even when their inspiration is at the lowest. Regardless of how you find inspiration, now that you have the foundation in place, you can start to stoke the flames.
Well, here goes. I paid $1.00, a nominal fee donated to Feed the Children for my two-week ‘Test Drive’. Full of anticipation, I went directly to the site, a beautifully designed group of pages, the Training Section boasting a collection of motivational videos by the likes of Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, and Les Brown, among others. Unfortunately, the Marketing Skills pages had not been completed, nor had many of the remaining areas, with a related announcement that these would be completed in about a week. A week!-so much for the two-week Test Drive.
For musicians, a good way of doing this, is slightly limiting yourself on purpose, for example, removing a couple of strings on the guitar, and trying to write a solo with the remaining strings. This will make you think about new ways of playing as you have strings missing that you normally would have used, so that when you put the strings back on, you have a fresh mind and new ideas.
Once you get to that point you’ll be able to hold onto so much motivation that it’ll be sloshing over the top as you race forward – and you’ll have become a motivational resource for those around you as well. Just think of all you’ll accomplish when you no longer run out of motivation!