I used to a run 10K every day when I was studying at the University. Since then, I have reduced a lot of my running habits due to a past injury, but I still continue to run every week.
Running has been with me for longer than trading has been. These are both inseparable parts from my life. They are also very similar- both have their ups and downs and both are highly addictive, therefore they both require extreme discipline.
Running and Trading
When I am having a bad day trading, I usually go out for a run a little longer than usual. By running longer it is like I can physically exhaust that portion of my discontent and regain back my confidence.
Running also makes me realize once again how limited my abilities are. This exercise makes me physically aware of the lows and highs of my persistence and endurance.
After a winning streak in trading, I do try to run longer. Basically, when I am overconfident and when I am lacking confidence I try to push myself harder. One of the major results of that is that I become that much stronger and push myself towards my inner balance.
On one side- when I am winning in trading, running sobers me up; on the other side, when I am losing, it helps me relax and regain control of my own temper.
Funny enough, if I am angry at myself for not following my trading plan, I direct this anger towards myself. I use that to improve myself and running is a great tool towards reaching this goal.
I have always tried to quietly absorb the things to myself and later I do release them in a changed form… through running.
That is how I have always lived.
This is how I have always been able to improve.
Check out my previous short essay about creative trading (1-minute read) HERE