Ever read a blog post so surgical and truthful and invasive in it’s rhetoric that you can literally hear the writer’s voice in your head as you progress through the piece?
The title of a recent post on the Anne-Marie Trades blog (a StockTwits colleague) just caught my eye this afternoon and by the time I finished it, I realized that it was the exact advice I’ve been looking for to get 2010 started with a bang.
In Starting 2010 with the Truth About Trading, Anne-Marie is asking us a series of questions about our preparedness, discipline and desire to do things correctly. She is speaking specifically about trading, but the introspection that a post like this inspires could really be meaningful to anyone in a results-oriented profession…
Shake yourself up, and ask yourself the hard questions. Am I training like a world class athlete or something bush league? Someone once said, if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’ve got. If you don’t study the market you should. If you don’t know how to, you should find someone willing to teach you. If you are undisciplined, or lack dedication, work on sticking to routines. If you don’t know how to, you should find someone willing to help you. If you feel yourself frozen by fear, find a way to learn to trust yourself. If you don’t know how to, you should find someone willing to show you.
The full post is a must-read, if only as a reminder of the truths you are already aware of but have been neglecting for to long. Personally, I’m going to commit to some concrete steps to get back in touch with these truths and put it on paper. We’re not talking about motivational platitudes here, we’re talking about getting your competitive sh*t together for the new year.
Thank you for the homework assignment, Anne-Marie. It was exactly what I needed.
Follow the link below for the whole thing…