Your trading and financial results are a result of your subconscious programming – these are the patterns of your mind that play on default mode. And whatever exists in your mind will play out in your life. Let’s take a closer look at what I mean.
The conscious and the subconscious learn in different ways. The conscious mind learns through reading, through thought, through doing, through speaking, etc. And the subconscious mind is a machine stored away in a room that simply replays the patterns of the conscious mind. There is no one in that room. It’s just a room with a device that repeats the habits of the conscious mind. Therefore, your conscious mind can read a trading psychology book, attend a financial seminar, and watch a Forex video and get educated on how to upgrade your mindset, improve your trades, increase your finances, etc. Still, your mindset and your trades will not change because change does not happen on a conscious level; it happens on a subconscious level.
The trading psychology book you read can educate and enhance your conscious mind yet do nothing for your subconscious mind. Therefore, after reading the trading psychology book, you have the same behavior you had before you read the book. And this is because the conscious mind learns by reading the books, and the subconscious learns through repetition. In other words, for change to occur in your mind, or in your trades, or in your finances, change must first happen in your subconscious mind. But as the subconscious is the habit mind, you will need to read the trading book, attend the financial seminar, and watch the Forex video again and again before the information sinks into your subconscious and make changes to your programming, thus your trades and finances.
For example, let’s assume you have a subconscious program that loves eating donuts. Every day you eat five sugary donuts, and the pounds are piling on. Let’s also say that you want to stop this program. And so, you tell yourself, ‘’I will not eat another donut,’’ and then five minutes later, there’s a donut in your hand, and it’s about halfway finished when your conscious mind catches up and realizes that you’re eating a donut.
In this case, you wonder why you ate the donut after telling yourself that you will not eat another donut? Well, you ate the donut because the subconscious is machine-like, and it continues to play out your habits. For example, imagine I am holding a CD recorder, and I record my favorite song. After recording the song on a CD recorder, I put it in the CD player, push play, and it plays the song. Let’s say that after some time of listening to that same song, I don’t like it anymore and want to hear a new song, so I tell the CD player to change the song and play something different. Obviously, the CD player continues to play the same song, and so, I get annoyed and shout at the CD player to change the song (don’t eat the donut!), but still, the CD player continues to play the same song (I again ate the donut). And so, I get very frustrated with the CD player (with myself), and then I almost give up because I’ve told the CD player (myself) so many times to play a different song (not to eat the donut), and it continues to play the same song (still I eat the donut). Then I realized that whatever I say will not make a difference. This is because when your conscious mind tells your subconscious not to eat the donuts, who were you expecting to hear that message if there’s nobody in the subconscious? It’s a machine, remember? A subconscious mind is a machine that simply plays the same programs. Therefore, it doesn’t matter that you tell the CD player to play a different song, it’s not going to change. And that’s the problem when it comes to creating change in your trades and finances. Trying to talk yourself into changing the way you trade is not going to work because the subconscious mind has nobody to listen to your story. It’s a machine.
Now let’s translate that to trading. Let’s assume you have a subconscious program that chases losses. Every day you chase losses and regret it afterward. Let’s also say that you want to stop this chasing program. And so, you tell yourself, ‘’I will not chase another loss,’’ and then five minutes later, you’re chasing another loss, and you’ve put yourself even more in the loss. In this case, you wonder why you didn’t exit a losing trade after telling yourself that you will not chase another loss? Well, you chased that loss because the subconscious is machine-like, and it continues to play out your habits.
And when your conscious mind tells your subconscious not to chase a loss, who were you expecting to hear that message if there’s nobody in the subconscious? It’s a machine, remember? A subconscious mind is a machine that simply plays the same programs. Therefore, it doesn’t matter that you tell yourself to stop chasing, or stop gambling, or stop entering or exiting too soon; it’s not going to change. And that’s the problem when it comes to creating change in your trades and finances. Trying to talk yourself into changing the way you trade is not going to work because the subconscious mind has nobody to listen to your story. It’s a machine.
In other words, the subconscious is not designed to respond to manmade verbal language – that’s not how it learns. The subconscious has its own language: emotion, emotionalized images, and repetition. Therefore, if you wish to change a lousy trading habit, whether it’s fear, greed, gambling, or chasing, you do so by repeating a new trading behavior until it becomes your new trading habit.
For example, when you wanted to learn the A, B, C, how many times did you repeat A, B, C? After repeating A, B, C many times, you then reached a certain point and stopped because you didn’t know what was next. And through practice, you kept adding more and more letters. You were adding and repeating, adding, and repeating. Until finally, you made it. You started from A, B, C, and made your way to X, Y, Z. And so, now you don’t have to try anymore because it’s a habit which now belongs to the subconscious mind; you can just call it up, and it plays automatically, just like the CD player.
The same happens when driving a car for the first time. You didn’t know how to drive when you first got in the vehicle, but you practiced. After driving for a while, it becomes a habit, and now you no longer need to think of driving consciously. You simply get in your car without thinking of the mechanics of the driving. You put the key in the ignition and begin to think of your destination and other stuff other than driving because the driving is an automatic subconscious program – a default mode. The good news is that you can turn any aspect of your trades and finances into that automated subconscious program so that you are subconsciously move toward your trading target daily.
And so, if you find your trading behaviors are not supporting your target, select a new attitude or action, select a new trading system, select a new behaviour and repeat it just like you did the A, B, C. In other words, rehears the new behavior – repeat it and repeat it and repeat it. Eventually, it will finally get downloaded into your subconscious mind as a program. When this happens, your subconscious will take that program and use it to create your desired trading results.
More on the subconscious mind can be found in my bestseller book Success and the Subconscious Mind. With that been said, I want to leave you with an essential piece of information: ‘’An inner peace that surpasses all understanding can move through you. Old mindsets and mental patterns can easily fall away, and you will be able to see and operate with much more clarity. Your battles become easy, work gets effortless, and your goals are made manifest at a fast speed. All this, and so much more, is easily accessible to you when you put God at the centre of everything. Speak to God and ask Him to assist you in building that new mindset. Put God at the centre of your trades, finances, and decisions; and God will be at the centre of your trades, finances, and decisions. Begin to build a relationship with God and miracles will start to show up in your career in the most unexpected ways. Happy programming, and to God be all the glory.’’
Venetia Zannettis Student of God/ Mindset Educator/ Author/ Speaker