Last Updated on February 8, 2021 by Patrick Mahinge
Is there anything like the fear of success? I know you are thinking that I am kidding or I am being sarcastic. No. I am not.
The fear of success is as real as the fear of failure. Never felt it? Count yourself among the few lucky forex traders in Kenya.
The fear of success is, in fact, more calamitous than the fear of failure because a lot of traders do not know that it exists.
We all say that we want to be successful. We want to make enough money to give our families the kind of lifestyle that they deserve, but subconsciously, we are freaking afraid of all the changes that come with success.
You see, success comes with new and higher expectations. I compare it to a soccer player who scores the most goals and skyrockets to become the top player in that football season. The chances are that the player will set his goals higher during the next season. He will want to score more goals and surpass what he scored the previous season.
And therein lies the problem.
The Pressure of Success
For a lot of people, the pressure that results from a one-time splendid performance may keep them from even trying.
In our case, the soccer player may be afraid that if he tries, he will fall short of how he performed in his excelling football season. He’d rather remain on the sidelines than try and make a fool of himself.
Have you ever felt something closer to this?
This situation is not uncommon. After all, a lot of us grew up being grilled about the importance of excelling in whatever we do.
This pressure to excel makes online forex trading more difficult because no matter how much you try to become better, you cannot avoid making losses. They are part and parcel of trading. You can’t win in all your trades.
Mostly, the fear of success in forex stems from being anxious that you could be on the wrong side of a trade setup.
Many traders identify an incredible entry signal. The pips are just right, and if the trade goes their way, they would walk away with a tidy profit, but the fear of success holds them back.
A few hours later, they are beating themselves up as they would indeed have walked away with a tidy sum of profit.
What can you do to banish the fear of success once and for all? Here are 7 tips:
i. Focus on the process not the profits
The problem with many forex traders in Kenya (and around the world) is that they focus so much on the profits they stand to gain. If they lose on a trade, their confidence is instantly shattered. The one-time loss keeps them from jumping in on entry signals that they would normally take.
One plausible solution to this is to put the profits and losses out of your mind and focus only on your trading strategy. By doing this, you not only take away the pressure to perform but also get to understand what can be done to improve your forex trading strategy.
ii. Have an open mind
The behavior of the forex market is constantly changing, which means that you also need to constantly change your trading strategies.
The problem with many forex traders is that they believe that they have to be right; that their strategies are right. They do not want to admit that they were wrong. They are afraid that the market will make them appear foolish.
To overcome this fear, you need to let of your need to always be correct. This will relieve you of the pressure of wanting to be right all the time. It will free your mind to concentrate on and better understand what is happening in the forex market at that particular moment.
iii. Set realistic trading goals
Goals in forex trading help you bridge the gap between your hopes and reality. If you set unrealistic goals, you set yourself up for a tirade of disappointments. The disappointments affect your mental state and impair your decision making capabilities.
By setting realistic trading goals, you begin to see how far you are from achieving them. You get to a clear mental picture of what it will take to achieve your goals. If they seem far-fetched, you can always cut back on your expectations.