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Trading Affirmations to Improve Your Mindset

Author Image Ovidiu Popescu

Ovidiu Popescu

Trading Affirmations

A trader looks to outperform the market, and a direct consequence of this ambition is that a trader must be prepared to do things others are not willing to do. You should not limit your trading arsenal and integrate as many branches of knowledge as possible to give yourself an edge in the markets.

Having a positive mindset is crucial when trading. It helps you navigate the ups and downs of the market and face adversity with resilience. By adopting a positive outlook, you invite success into your life, and this positive energy attracts opportunities, while negative thinking attracts failure.

‘‘Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches. Faith is the basis of all ‘miracles,’ and all the mysteries which cannot be analyzed by the rules of science! Faith is the only known antidote for failure.’’

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill 

You can use affirmations as a tool to rewire your brain and send positive messages to your subconscious mind. These short, uplifting statements can help you build self-esteem, challenge negative thought patterns, and develop a sense of inner strength that enables you to perform under pressure.

Your brain has the incredible ability to form neural pathways in response to learning and experience. This function is known as neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by creating new neural connections. By practicing trading affirmations daily, you can create new neural pathways that support positive thinking and a growth mindset.

‘’I am the master of my fate, 

I am the captain of my soul.’’

Invictus, William Ernest Henley 

Here are some powerful trading affirmations that you can use to get started:

Powerful Trading Affirmations

“I trust my analysis and my trading plan.”

Analysis and a trading plan separate the trader from the gambler. A building is only as stable as its foundations; traders who trust their capabilities and trading plan mentally position themselves to outperform the market. Those who repeat this affirmation build trust in themselves and, therefore, can act without hesitation; they waste no time second-guessing their positions and can operate at maximum efficiency. 

“I am a disciplined and patient trader.”

Trading is often more about the trades not made. Patience and discipline allow investors to wait until their entry objectives have been met instead of taking trades based on boredom or fomo. Trading due to boredom or fomo leads to losses. Discipline, doing the same thing every single day, regardless of one’s emotional state, is the most powerful weapon for achieving success. Patience remains by far the most potent tool for traders seeking success. Repeat this affirmation to engrain these properties. 

“I remain committed to my trading plan and goals.”

Following the strategy and sticking to the plan, putting one foot in front of the other without deviation. Trading has always been a marathon, not a sprint, and sticking to a trading plan allows traders to achieve their goals. There are no shortcuts in trading, and traders must accept this. The program must be consistent, no over-leveraged trades chasing losses, just acceptance, backtesting, and further study.    

“I embrace uncertainty and remain calm under pressure.”

The markets will test every trader, and there will be points when nothing makes sense. Bouts of volatility may trigger stop losses on trades that had perfect entry conditions and looked immaculate. When the market makes these unpredictable swings, traders must retain control and operate accordingly: cut losing trades quickly if their thesis has been invalidated and not attempt to panic trade. If a trader is not calm, they are disqualified from opening a position. Traders who remain calm whilst others panic naturally put themselves at an advantage. Traders should be in the habit of proper risk management using tight stop losses and proper sizing; both aid a trader in keeping their cool.   

“I am in control of my emotions and actions.”

Everybody believes they can control their emotions, that is, until they have thousands of dollars on the line watching candlesticks print on the verge of being liquidated. Markets suck traders in, and people often become irrational when trading with real money. Panic selling is the worse thing a trader can do. Similarly, marrying their bags is another mistake many traders make; this irrationality makes them believe that a stock will return to its previous highs. They continue holding to the bottom, sometimes round-tripping or the reversal; they cannot let go at the top. 

Traders enter positions with conviction according to their strategy and must be able to ride out waves of volatility. Mastery of self and mastery of one’s emotions is the most significant battle any trader will face. 

“I approach trading with a positive and open mindset.”

Traders who view markets with no biases and use the data offered to create a thesis invariably do better than those who attempt to shoehorn the data into an already-created thesis. Traders first understand the market is irrational and enter with this understanding, ready to pivot accordingly. Traders who believe they will make money, employ patience, and follow their strategy, often manifest this reality. 

“I am always learning and growing as a trader.”

Trading is a lifelong vocation, and the market will always humble traders occasionally, no matter how seasoned or dedicated they are. Trading is an art; there will always be more to learn. Traders who open their minds to growth and experience allow themselves to process failures as lessons and have nothing to fear.  

“I am focused on long-term success, not short-term gains.”

Markets redirect capital from the impatient toward the patient. Any trader who has dreams of getting rich quick will likely find themselves blowing up their account. 

Trading, at its core, first is about being profitable, and it comes from traders giving themselves a statistical advantage over time. Traders stick to their strategy, only enter positions when their criteria are met, backtest their system, make necessary adjustments, and repeat ad infinitum. Becoming a successful trader is a long, arduous journey, and traders who want to become profitable must accept this.  

“I accept losses as a natural part of the trading process.”

One of the most challenging facts to swallow is that good trades sometimes lose money, and bad trades sometimes make money. Probability and market irrationality dictate that every trader faces losses. 

Traders who can accept this fact but even better reframe it, asking themselves did they follow their strategy. Did they execute well? Why was their stop triggered? Put themselves in a position of growth where they can learn from the market and sharpen their skills. 

“I recognize that risk and reward go hand in hand.”

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and trading is a zero-sum game. To have the opportunity to extract capital from the market, traders must offer their own capital in return. Understanding this obvious trait rids the trader of delusions, and holding the idea firmly in mind that their capital can be lost helps them better assess whether it is a position they are happy to enter. 

Risk management and capital preservation are key goals of any trader, and this process can only begin in earnest if the trader accepts the idea of risk. 

“I accept that I will make mistakes and use them as learning experiences.”

Reframing experiences separate traders who will blow up an account and quit versus those who will persevere and turn the corner. This shift in mindset transfigures how traders view their experiences and hence what they take from them. 

Mistakes and losses are natural, but traders who view these as obstacles or fear them will never become proficient market actors. The loss is not important; what is important is that the trader learns what happened and integrates this information into their knowledge bank. 

“The market is irrational and can do anything at any time.”

The Efficient Market Hypothesis states that every actor acts rationally from self-interest, and everyone knows all available data. Thus, share prices reflect all this information and have priced everything in accordingly. This would be true if it were not for the emotion of traders and investors globally. In the modern age, where information spreads rapidly, and people can act on this information instantly, markets have become increasingly volatile and irrational. Traders will always be subservient to markets and must accept this fact. 

Sometimes no matter how well timed the entry, however perfect the setup, markets remind traders who is in control. Traders who accept this can move on and find their next position. Market irrationality is the cost of playing the game, and the market does not care about how participants react. 

“I am open to constructive criticism and use it as a learning tool.”

A willingness to learn will serve any actor well in any field. Trading is no exception. Finding a mentor is one of the best ways to improve, and traders need to be thicker-skinned, given the nature of their vocation. Traders who can accept criticism and improve not only learn but foster a growth mindset that will bear fruit in multiple facets of their lives.   

“I trade based on my own analysis and strategy, not rumors or speculation.”

Rumors and speculation are toxic to traders. Traders must have faith in their analysis and strategy. Why? Because they have put hours into backtesting their theories. A trade made passed on a rumor has no stable support, no supporting thesis, and thus a small bit of wind/ volatility will destroy it instantly. 

Whereas a trade supported by their own analysis and strategy has strong foundations with hundreds of hours supporting it. Traders should avoid succumbing to the herd mindset of the general crowd, and reason must be their guiding principle; it will often run counter to the will of the majority. 


Affirmations can foster a positive growth mindset. By utilizing them, you can become naturally more optimistic, resilient, and have a remarkable ability to bounce back from adversity and learn from unforeseen events. Having a positive state of mind can open up the possibility of manifesting your desires, and your faith in yourself can be the starting point for accumulating riches.

Remember that affirmations are a helpful tool for fostering a positive mindset, but they cannot substitute or overcome the dedication required to develop winning trading strategies. You should use affirmations as a way to enhance your solid fundamentals, not as a replacement for them.

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