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New Visualization Exercises To Boost Your Investing and Trading

Nov 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trader Development, Trading Psychology
  Visualization and mental practice are tools that can take you to the next level of performance in your trading and investing. These tools can have a transformational impact on your mental game, helping you to execute better in every facet of your investing and trading. In fact, they are so important that I have compiled a resource page on the SMB website and even written about them extensively in my book, Peak Performance Trading and Investing. I use these tools frequently and am the biggest proponent of them. Now, I wanted to share with you some new visualization tools that I have been developing and refining. These Read more [...]


Making Your Visualizations Better

Aug 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, Trader Development, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
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The Fourth Week of More Mindful Trading

Jul 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
  In this post, I will continue my eight week experiment with cultivating mindfulness and trading. The earlier posts in the series can be found here:   Eight Weeks to More Mindful Trading The Second Week of More Mindful Trading The Third Week of More Mindful Trading   To bring new readers up to speed, here is a brief refresher on mindfulness. The topic is all the rage right now because people want to take back control of their attention span and to beat back the numerous distractions that afflict us in everyday life. Mindfulness is about learning to control your attention and your focus, so that Read more [...]


The Third Week of More Mindful Trading

Apr 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Health and Trading, Trader Development, Trading Ideas, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
The Third Week of More Mindful Trading In this post, I will continue my eight week experiment with cultivating mindfulness and trading. The first two posts in the series can be found here:   Eight Weeks to More Mindful Trading The Second Week of More Mindful Trading   To bring new readers up to speed, here is a brief refresher on mindfulness. The topic is all the rage right now because people want to take back control of their attention span and to beat back the numerous distractions that afflict us in everyday life. Mindfulness is about learning to control your attention and your focus, so that you can Read more [...]


The Second Week of More Mindful Trading

Mar 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Health and Trading, Trader Development, Trading Ideas, Trading Psychology
The Second Week of More Mindful Trading In this post, I will continue my eight week experiment with cultivating mindfulness and trading. The first post in the series can be found in the post Eight Weeks to More Mindful Trading. Just in case you missed that post, I will provide a brief refresher on mindfulness. The topic is all the rage right now because people want to take back control of their attention span and to beat back the numerous distractions in everyday life. Mindfulness is about learning to control your attention and your focus, so that you can observe your thoughts and feelings without necessarily acting on them. When Read more [...]


Eight Weeks To More Mindful Trading

Feb 28th, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Health and Trading, Trader Development, Trading Ideas, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
Eight Weeks To More Mindful Trading The topic of mindfulness has exploded in popularity in the broader public. Meditation and meditative activities like yoga are seemingly everywhere, building on the runaway success of books like Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. This whole interest in mindfulness has only just started to filter through into the world of investing and trading, where I think that it can make a substantial difference. At its core, mindfulness is about paying attention better—to your surroundings, to your thoughts and emotions and to the markets. There are numerous books on how to cultivate better awareness, Read more [...]


Lesson 7: The Mental Game

Feb 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, One Good Trade, Trader Development, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology, Trading Theory
Lesson 7: The Mental Game Is Key In the last installment of my series, Seven Lessons I’ve Learned, we will cover a part of investing and trading that can change how everything else works: the mental game. Like with any peak performance activity, the absolute top performers have gotten there through developing both their skills and also their psychology and mindset. Peak performers are the kind who rise to challenges, who play best when the pressure is on, and who are able to keep training and working until they get to be best, owing to sheer willpower and grit. They also are able to experience Flow—when you’re fully absorbed Read more [...]


Lesson 6: Luck versus Skill

Jan 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trader Development, Trading Ideas, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
Lesson 6:  You Need To Understand The Role of Luck and Skill In part 6 of my 7-part series on Lessons I’ve Learned, we will look at luck and skill. In order to be successful taking risk in the markets, you must understand the role of luck and skill. From that understanding, there will be several implications for your actions and how you invest and trade. Markets are fascinating, complex, multi-part puzzles that are constantly moving. Anything can happen. Surprises are frequent. That means that randomness and luck are omnipresent forces in the markets. I dealt with this in another post, Better Lucky Than Good. As anything Read more [...]