It's kinda difficult to imagine trading activity without confidence. If you're not confident, then it probably can lead to uneplasant consequences such as blowing deposit and something like that. I guess that confidence can be also developed during trading activity. If you understand that you're lack of confidence, then just try to overcome it. It's not easy, but you should dedicate some time to it. Less-confident people always make some serious mistake because they start raging and stop control their emotions. When you're confident you can rationally evaluate the situation and make a right choice.
Trading can break you if you don’t have the confidence to withstand the stress and pressure in the market. I think the biggest advantage of being a trader is that you are the one who needs to decide when to enter the market and when to exit. If you are not sure about the trade, just don’t open the position and if you think things are not working in your favor you can exit. Knowing that the power is in your hands can keep traders confident.
whitneytyler posted: You have to withstand pressure in the markets. It’s very simple: if you lack confidence, it is unlikely you'll be able to accomplish your target of being a successful trader.
I think this is true to an extent i think its more experience that everything will be okay even if you have a loss. It is all part of the game. It is sometimes easier said than done as saying you can deal with losses and seeing red after red are two different beasts altogether. I think experience and confidence in your system are the secret sauce