sebking1986 posted: I would say that thinking is essential to successful trading however you do raise a very valid point on the subject of setting realisitic expecations. If you are a break even trader, what evidence do you have that you should be aiming for say 5% a month for example? Aim to make any profit (with the same level of rsk).
I would say that is very high and quite risky. I haven't gone more than 2% rrr and there was the time where I did go above 3% but it was just purely based on luck. However, if you are very confident enough, then I guess it is okay.
I used 5% as an abritrary number. This is based on 1% risk per trade. But yes if you are break even consistently then making a few tweaks to try and get to 0.5% profit at the end of the month is progress and not to be sniffed at. My point is don't expect to be a losing trader and then be breezing through an FTMO challange a month later. Social media has created false expectations for people coming into trading.
I originally thought you meant that we shouldn't think while trading based on the title, lol. Having unrealistic goals just sets you up for disappointment when you don't meet them. Instead, I think it's important to celebrate the small victories and to start by patting yourself on the back for *not* losing money.