Have you ever noticed that a lot of traders are very skeptical and negative about trading?

Just a brief look at some trading forums shows that many people call themselves “traders” when they’re nothing but an advertisement against trading.

These people are not in trading for the sake of making money…and they will never really make a penny.

How can I be so sure?

I’ve been trading for more than a decade now, and during this time I’ve met and worked with thousands of traders and I observed the same truth over and over:

People who believed that making money in trading is hard or even impossible, were right.

And people who believed that making money in trading is easy were also right.

In simple words:

The attitude almost always predetermined the outcome.

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When I used to do my live breakout courses in the Czech Republic, I was almost instantly able to say if a client would become a successful trader in the future or just another failure.

It was all about their belief system.

Clients who are making money in trading today were coming to my seminars with the conviction that trading works.

They just needed the right tools to fast-track their progress.

But people who just came to check it out, or even worse, with the false expectation that my goal was to convert them from non-believers to believers, are still, to this day, “checking it out” or being non-believers.

As with anything else in your life, it all starts in your brain.

A big part of trading is your mental game, and the best way to keep progressing fast is to keep your mental game in check.

Of course, I’m not saying that trading is simple. System trading especially can be quite complex and trading can be a journey with a lot of hurdles and obstacles.

But your mental game is very important and it can make all the difference.

And that’s why you need to build a very strong conviction in trading first.

This is the very foundation of your trading journey.

If you have no conviction, you’ll never get true, long-lasting results – it’s as simple as that.

'If you have no conviction, you’ll never get true, long-lasting results - it’s as simple as that.' Click To Tweet

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can strengthen your conviction every day.

On the Better System Trader podcast, Andrew has spoken with many successful traders. This is such a great way to get inspired and build conviction.

I frequently publish case studies from my successful students in my blog, Systems On The Road. Yes, they all are real, and a great inspiration for me as well.

And finally, at Better Trader Academy we teamed up with a veteran trader with 40 years of experience and a proven track record – yes, I’m talking about Robert Pardo and his Building Robust Strategies Masterclass – who, by the way, used to be one of my “conviction builders” during my beginning years as a trader.

And if you already have a strong conviction but you don’t know how to start, here are my 2 suggestions:

Martin Lembak, my long-term personal broker and good friend, reveals the fastest way you can start with system trading the right way.

And at Better Trader Academy, we’ve produced a FREE webinar where you can discover how to start in just 14 days.

Just remember, stay positive and keep the right belief system!

As Henry Ford famously said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Happy trading!

Tomas, Andrew, and the BTA team

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