Trades on ES for Fri, 23-Jan-2009

My goal is $1000 for the day. Today I grossed $7175.

Total Trades = 35 (2.5 hrs plus some premarket stuff overnight; 10:42 am to 1:14 pm EST)
Max Contracts Used at 1 Time = 20 ($500 margin/contract)
# Profitable Trades = 22 (63%)
# Costing Trades = 13 (37%)
Range of Profitable Trades = $12.50 to $1500 (was trading in 1 & 2 contract positions)
Range of Costing Trades = $12.50 to $1225

Total Profits = $10,000
Total Costs = $3,037.50
Commissions = $187.53
Net = $6,774.97 (67.7% ROI of capital used)

Things I Did Correctly:

1. Verbalized some trades.

2. Turned on classical music.

3. Forgave the one person who offended me.

4. Stopped trading eventually.

5. Got out of costing trades.

6. Took a deep breath.

7. Planned my trade, traded my plan for some trades.

8. Had good body posture in my chair for some of my trades.

9. Did not panic for some of my trades.

Areas of Improvement:

1. Panicked for some of my trades, even though I had my stops in place.

2. Communicated with my former spouse during trading. Honestly, he is irrational and thinks the whole world revolves around him. There is no point talking with him about anything. It's fruitless and only makes it more challenging to live empowered.

3. Distracted by text messages from my former spouse.

4. Though I did keep my cool most of the time, communications with my former spouse never is good.

5. Kept trading even though my goal was met before the market was opened for regular trading. I was up $8700 and ended up with $6775. That was another 1825 more dollars in my pocket had I just done anything but trade.

6. Kept part of my trades in my head.

7. Had hope. That rhymes with dope.
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