What’s wrong with deviating from your forex trading plan if you make a profit anyway?
Making an occasional winning trade, even when you throw your trading plan out the window, may provide short-term pleasure, but entering trades haphazardly can adversely influence your ability to maintain discipline in the long term.
Trading is a marathon, not a sprint!
When you stop following your trading plan, you become rewarded for lacking discipline and you may start believing that abandoning a trading plan is no big deal.
An unjustified reward may increase your tendency to abandon trading plans in the future.
You may be prone to think “I was rewarded once, maybe I will be rewarded again. I’ll take a chance.”
But the positive outcomes of undisciplined trading are usually short-lived, and a lack of discipline ultimately produces the long-term trading losses.
It’s important to distinguish justified wins from unjustified wins.
A justified win is when you create a very detailed trading plan and FOLLOW the plan. A win that results from following a trading plan is justified and reinforces discipline.
An unjustified win occurs when you make a plan but don’t follow it or if you have no plan at all. You might be rewarded, but the outcome occurred by chance.
You might as well flip a coin or hang a printed copy of your charts on the wall and throw darts at it to help you make trading decisions. The win is unjustified and can reinforce undisciplined trading.
Maintaining discipline is vital for consistent and profitable trading.
Trading is a matter of getting the law of averages to work in your favor.
You trade proven forex trading strategies, over and over, so that across a series of trades, the strategies work enough to produce an overall profit.
You have to allow the law of averages to work in your favor, so that across a series of trades, you will make an overall profit.
If you follow the plan sometimes and abandon it at other times, you throw off the probabilities, and you will most likely end up losing overall.
With trading discipline comes profitability.
Follow your own trading plan, and cement in the mindset that if you follow your plan, you will end up more profitable in the long run.