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Hard Questions and Pithy Answers

I was interviewed by Callum Lang and his Enterprize Zone on his podcast and then I was invited to post answers to challenging questions in 100 words or less. Turns out, short answers require more attention

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The Missing Piece of the Puzzle – A Trader’s Relationship with Money

What is wrong with self-help books?I just read a blog by L. Michael Hall who is one of the best commentators on the topic of personal development. It was titled “Why Self-Help Books Don’t Help.”

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The Coaching Client Experience

What does a coaching client experience? Lori sent me this description of our first session together, and graciously allowed me to share her experience. It occurred to me that other traders who are considering

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Risk Reward Ratios and Your Emotional Sweet Spot

How do I learn from my clients? Sometimes the best psychological trading concepts are clarified in a conversation with my private coaching clients. This is especially true when we are struggling with

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When Will You Finally Be OK?

This message is for anyone who, at the deepest level, knows they are not OK. You know you are NOT OK. You may even have known this from your earliest memories. You have noticed how others belong in a way

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Stepping Into Power – Creating the Dream

Stepping Into Power – Creating the Dream

Stepping into power and success is like stepping into an alien world. Few of my clients realize what is required to step out of their reactive survival mechanisms. I have reviewed thousands of assessments

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The Crypto Craze and Cocky Confidence

My sleep was interrupted by the ring from my personal cell phone. A client who had several million dollars invested in cryptos was in a panic. This was followed by a second call from another client in

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The Cocky Clanger | Mind Muscles™ Academy Practice Guide

Mind Muscles™ Academy Practice GuideMind Adventure: Create Your Personal “Cocky Clanger” to stay Confident and not CockyProblem: Hubris (Overconfidence)Desired Outcome: Awareness and neutralizationMind

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Boredom – a good way to sabotage your trading career

How to turn the most powerful attribute of an independent trader into the most profit-draining behavior. This is one of our Mind Muscles Moments, which is a very laser-targeted piece talking about a critical

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Circle of Confidence

“An awareness of the Confidence Cycle in and of itself makes the journey faster and easier.” -Richard Friesen I started my career in the financial market as a futures broker at Merrill Lynch. I had

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Doubling Down in Desperation

Here is a list of reactions to a losing position. Before you read them, I want you to do a quick check of your physiology, emotions, and thoughts. And as you read these, notice any changes as you recognize

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Don’t Ask WHY

An email I received from David H., one of our Bootcamp members, and thought it was worth sharing: “I just wanted to drop you an email regarding our bootcamp meeting yesterday. There was an interaction

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Levels of Change and Persistent Trading Mistakes

You know what to do and in the heat of the moment, something happens. Not a little something, but a big something. Not a one time something but a repeated something. Not a controllable something, but an

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Caged context

Do you have the courage to create a new context?

What kind of world has my coaching student created? When a trader first comes for coaching, I watch for the “meta-structures” he or she has in place. What do I mean? I ask myself: * What “factual”

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Can a novice trader taken a tiny account and turned it into a sustainable and consistently profitable trading career?

The Toxic Trading Tragedy

Can an underfunded novice trader expect to be succesful? How the commitment and capital gap can crush your trading success “I have been trading for five years and struggling” “I repeat

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Trading and Investing Craze

Online trading by new and younger traders and investors has exploded this year. This could not be predicted nor expected. Last week my most wonderful brother called me about investing in silver. He heard

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What do they really mean when they ask these questions?

What are they really asking?

Strange‌ ‌but‌ ‌true.‌ ‌‌Over‌ ‌the‌ ‌last‌ ‌couple‌ ‌of‌ ‌years,‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌had‌ ‌fun‌ ‌answering‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌weirdest‌

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Pandemic, panic and peace. How to make the most of an unavoidable event

Pandemic, Panic and Peace

Panic…our brains were created to look for threats on the savannas of Africa. Our brains evolved before the internet when threats to our lives were very immediate and real. However, our evolution

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Pandemic panic prevention through creativity in chaos.

Pandemic Panic Prevention

Your environment is designed to put you in a state of panic. The entire world is gearing up to stimulate your fears. Newspapers, TV news, politicians, magazines, online blogs and social media all gain

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Using your creative mindset to survive this Economic and Social Earthquake

How to Survive an Economic and Cultural Earthquake

This post was updated on January 5, 2021. It was so obvious. How many times have we said that after the fact? How many times in retrospect was it obvious that all the information that we needed was right

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