Any form of overthinking is mental cancer. It never helps for any person, regardless of situation as it consumes a person’s mind and deviates from your natural behavior, personality and thinking which often leads to skewed judgement that will lead into catastrophic situations. This will apply in school. Work, and most especially in Forex Trading.
As most know, a trader will need to be the best whenever they are in the zone without being too engulfed with what the result of a certain trade will be. As a trader, people should realize that thinking about a trade more will not solve a predicament or increase your chances. The key to proper trading is being able to utilize the tools for analyzing the market movements but if you do not have the proper mindset, you will have set yourself up to fail.
What is overthinking in Forex trading?
Overthinking seems like a general thing that most people would do but in the world of Forex Trading, and being able to know when you are doing it and how to stop yourself from doing it. When somebody overthinks, they brood too much on a certain situation up until things lead to a negative result. Some of the following are the situations that you can come across with:
Fear of losing money
A lot of traders focus too much on losing money in the process or the possibility of making decisions that will lead them to lose capital. This is rooted from the fact that most traders tend to put too much money at risk and expose themselves in a situation where they trade with money that they cannot afford to lose at all.
As a trader, you will need to understand that you will always have to always put yourself at risk when dealing in the market. The smart way of handling trades is being able to manage your risks as properly and intelligently as possible. Controlling the amount you risk per trade is the skill that will really help you in the long run. As you gather these necessary traits and skills, you will ensure yourself with a clear and worry free mindset as you go along with Forex Trading.
No Confidence in the Trading Strategy
As a trader overthinks, they will find themselves doubting their trading strategies and would always dwell in a mindset of things not working out without even being at the point of finding the results. Self-doubt can be very dangerous as it will lead you into overthinking and eventually affects your trading all throughout.
Being unable to trust your abilities in executing a trading strategy is probably a result of one or a few points of trades but this however should not make you lose confidence and instead prompts you to ensure that a new or better strategy should be adapted.
Most traders become really obsessed when a trade plays out and it leads them to a very unsatisfactory result. Traders get engulfed with being unable to stay in a trade longer and wished that things would have been handled properly and longer “In Hindsight”. Some traders are probably going to dwell with the error of missing out on a trade even.
As a trader however, you will need to start to acknowledge the fact that “what ifs” or “I could haves” are very unhealthy in Forex Trading. You will need to give yourself a break when you miss out on certain trades, properly exiting a trade that will result in a bigger pay, etc. As much as these however, can be a process of reference in the future, you will need to understand that learning from it and actually not being able to move forward because of it are too different things. Overthinking will become very cumbersome for you in the long run as a trader.