Self Control and Patience: Playing the Investment Waiting Game

Being patient is one of the most difficult aspects of becoming a skilled investor. Newcomers often want to see success, or at least progress, right away. This appears in varying degrees and is natural for many people. The thing every newcomer must realize is that the most successful traders are patient.  They understand that the stock market changes often, and if they wait for the right conditions, they can win big. It may take a while but the opportunity will eventually arise and they will be poised to take advantage of it when it does.

Being Impulsive Can Ruin Your Investment Career

One of the earliest lessons a new investor learns is that being impulsive can ruin their investment career. If you jump into a situation right away, you may find out too late it was a bad choice. Since you hurried into it, you may not be able to turn back quick enough and will have to feel the consequences of that poor choice.  This can be a small set back or a huge loss. For some newcomers, that one big loss may be enough to drain all their funds and get them out of the market for good. You can easily avoid this common pit fall simply by holding on to your better senses and being patient.

How Do You View Your Profits?

The way an investor views his or her profits can influence how much self control they have. Many newcomers are anxious to earn money and spend it. They think about the profit they will earn and want it in their bank accounts now. While immediate gratification would be wonderful, it is a rare thing. Still, new traders continue to picture their future profits as something they must have now. This can lead to irrational decisions and general discouragement.

On the other hand, if you view your profits as they come, you will have a much easier time waiting for them. Keep future profits in the future, even in your mind. Don’t worry too much about how you would spend your profits now. Focus on ways to improve your future profits by making better decisions today.

Tightening Self Control

The first step should be getting a grip on your self control. This means admitting that you have a problem with being patient. Many of us do not like to admit to our shortcomings, but once you do you can actively work to counter them. Accept limitations and you can begin finding ways to expand them. Try to be objective and take an outsider’s view when evaluating yourself. Remember, even the most successful investors had their own shortcomings and made mistakes. The sooner you can accept your negative traits, the sooner you can begin working to improve them!

 

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