High Performance Trading


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About the Author Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Part One - Planning and Preparing for Trading Success STRATEGY 1: Set Yourself Up for Success STRATEGY 2: It's Down to You STRATEGY 3: Fuelling Success - Motivation and Commitment STRATEGY 4: Develop a Compelling Vision of Trading Success STRATEGY 5: T.R.A.D.E. to Success - Goal Achievement Strategies STRATEGY 6: Know Who You Need to Become STRATEGY 7: Find Your Magic - Developing Your Trading Strategy STRATEGY 8: Identify Your Critical Performance Factors STRATEGY 9: Be P.R.E.Pared! STRATEGY 10: Create a High-Performance Environment Part Two - Decision-Making, Discipline and Flawless Execution STRATEGY 11: Discipline and Your Ideal Trading State STRATEGY 12: Deal With Distraction: Refocussing Strategies STRATEGY 13: Stay Calm When the Pressure is On STRATEGY 14: Get Energised - Manage Your Energy Levels STRATEGY 15: Run Your Profits, Cut Your Losses STRATEGY 16: Handle Losses Like a Winner STRATEGY 17: Parking Errors - Dealing Effectively With Mistakes STRATEGY 18: Be Wary of Overconfidence STRATEGY 19: Deal With Negative Emotions Positively STRATEGY 20: Embrace Risk and Uncertainty STRATEGY 21: Pull the Trigger - Overcome Hesitation and Fear STRATEGY 22: Understand That More is Not Always More STRATEGY 23: Transform Adversity Into Challenge STRATEGY 24: When Times Are Great, Keep Them Great Part Three - Evaluation, Analysis and Improving and Sustaining Performance STRATEGY 25: Learn More - Keep Getting Better STRATEGY 26: Know Your Score - Measuring Trading Performance STRATEGY 27: Develop Winning Routines and Rituals STRATEGY 28: Build Resilience STRATEGY 29: Manage Stress STRATEGY 30: Achieve Balance STRATEGY 31: Plan Your Growth STRATEGY 32: Generate New Trading Behaviours STRATEGY 33: Utilise Your Strengths and Successes STRATEGY 34: Mind Your Language STRATEGY 35: Be Persistent!

About the Author

Steve Ward has over twenty years of teaching, training and coaching experience having started out working in sports and performance psychology with elite athletes and teams in over 30 different sports and with high performers in the corporate sector. Since 2005 he has focussed on working with traders, and has worked across the globe with traders, trading desks and fund managers from top 10 investment banks, hedge funds, global energy companies, asset management funds, leading proprietary trading groups and with independent retail traders. Steve is the author of 'High Performance Trading : 35 Practical Strategies To Enhance Your Trading Psychology and Performance' was the consultant trading performance coach to BBC TV's 'Million Dollar Traders' series, co-managed a team of 45 professional proprietary traders in London and has written for many leading publications including Traders Magazine, FX Trader and Your Trading Edge. He has also traded stock indicies and FX on his own account and is a member of the Association for Coaching, Association of Contextual Behavioural Science, Society for Neuroeconomics and Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics. His website can be found at www.highperformanceglobal.com


"There is more to trading than blindly following a set of rules. 'High Performance Trading' is a very important book as it recognises the similarities between top athletes and top traders and what to do to achieve winning trading strategies, especially from a mental perspective. I would wholly recommend this book in the library of any trader, both novice as well as advanced." --Lex Van Dam, Hedge Fund Manager

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