Let’s talk about trading opportunities and the power of waiting for the right trading opportunities. To start, though, let’s think about the concept of trading. You see, when you think of trading, typically, activity comes to mind.
Most people imagine professional traders sitting at their computer screens and constantly clicking buttons. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Patience is a crucial component.
Patience can be hard to master. It’s something that we must master not just in our trading but in all areas of our lives. How many times when you were a child did your parents tell you to be patient? I think most of us have probably lost count.
However, there is merit in the saying that ”good things come to those who wait.”How many times have you rushed into a situation and then regretted it? How many times have you acted on impulse and wished that you had just waited a little longer?
The Power Of Waiting
When trading in the financial markets, we are constantly given signals to enter and exit the market. Unfortunately, most of these are false signals.
Without patience, it can be a challenge to recognize the difference between the right trading opportunities and the wrong trading opportunities. This is why patience is so important.
Anyone with a solid grasp of how Supply and Demand really works in the markets will understand the importance of letting price come to you. The reason key levels develop is because of a major imbalance between the buyers and the sellers.
The optimal entry will always be to buy or sell at these areas of Supply or Demand. Prequalified Demand or Supply Zones typically offer the lowest risk, high probability, and highest potential profit.
To capitalize on these opportunities, though, we must wait for the price to reach these entry points. For some traders, having the patience to wait is easy as they know the importance of a good entry.
For the majority of traders out there, they want the result right now, and waiting is simply not an option. They typically find themselves jumping into the market with little to no plan.
Learn To Wait For Trading Opportunities
Think about this: the idea of trading, as we mentioned, suggests tons of activity. The reality is often the opposite. Less typically means more when trading, and if you are willing to wait for the right opportunities, this will require patience.
Usually, it does not matter whether the market is ranging or trending. Waiting calmly for the optimal entry will always be a requirement for success.
Most trading days do not offer multiple opportunities. As human beings, we generally like to get the results as quickly as possible. Experience, however, suggests that good things do come to those who wait after all.
Really it all comes back to discipline, the most important dynamic is consistent trading. Whether it’s discipline to stick to a plan or discipline to be patient, there is no denying its importance in the quest for ongoing success.
Work On Improving Your Level of Patience
Patience is something that you can work on and improve. We know we mention this A LOT, but journaling is an excellent tool to help you improve across all areas of your trading.
Journal your patience levels. Did you wait for the right trading opportunity? If not, why not? Are you more aggressive on a Friday when you want to be done trading for the week?
When you start a trading journal, you may see a pattern emerge. You can’t improve what you don’t know, so start journalling today to see how you can improve and wait patiently for the right trading opportunities.
Our Pinnacle members know that we enjoy a good quote and share one each morning during our pre-market session, The Forum. So here, for inspiration, are some patience quotes. Enjoy and happy waiting.