I wasn’t able to go ‘full in’ with my trading.
And I couldn’t figure out why.
I had a good day trading strategy and had been trading it live for a while already.
Yet, I was trading it with one contract only. Thus the overall profits were not enough to live comfortably.
I knew I had to increase my positions to 3 contracts at least to make the numbers work.
But I simply couldn’t.
I was too afraid to do that and I couldn’t understand why.
And it started getting even worse. With my inability to increase my position size, I started losing my self-confidence too, resulting in poorer trading performance.
One day I felt so exhausted by the frustration and anxiety that I felt I had to do something else. At least for a while. To keep me away from the markets and from trading. To get some distance.
So, I decided to do a crazy thing: To learn to fly a small plane.
In the Czech Republic, flying ultralight planes has a long tradition. And the courses are pretty cheap too. So, I signed up for my very first flying lesson.
So far nothing unusual about this story, except for one small detail:
I was afraid of flying!
Whenever I had to board a plane, I would have an anxiety attack. And I would shake like a scared rabbit for the entire flight.
Yet, here I was – dedicated to becoming a pilot of a small, unstable “ultralight”!
The first lesson pushed me to my very limits. I felt scared as hell.
But somehow I made it.
During the next few lessons, I started getting used to the whole experience.
Then I slowly started learning landing, taking off, touch-and-go landing, slide landing, emergency landing (without the engine) and all the other stuff.
After about 25 flight hours, I felt pretty comfortable being high in the skies with that small, shaking Tecnam P92.
And then, one day, I had to get a flight out of the Czech Republic again, on a regular commercial flight…
It was a real test.
I was again faced with one of my biggest fears.
So, I boarded the Boeing 737, fastened my seat belt, leaned back into my seat during the take-off and noticed…
…my fear of flying was gone!
And even better than that, I felt great.
I enjoyed it.
I had enormous fun. And enormous joy too. I understood most of the pilot’s actions, the plane’s movements and even the reason behind the occasional light turbulence.
That day I learned an important lesson:
Always face your biggest fears as directly as possible.
That’s what truly keeps you moving ahead.
After that realization, I got back into trading and increased my position to 3 contracts without a blink of an eye.
Yes, it pushed me out of my comfort zone a bit – but hey, that’s what makes our life interesting!
And that finally started me going “fully in”.
So, if you feel a bit stuck and hesitant with your trading sometimes, then feel the fear, but do it anyway.
That’s the fastest way to break through that imaginary wall and move ahead.
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