Forex Newbies: Embrace Self-Coaching!

Take a look around the internet for fund performance reports and you’ll see there are professional traders or managers who are seriously lagging behind benchmarks, a smaller group who are in the middle of the pack, and then the very few (both known and unknown) who are having rock star years.

Because everyone now has access to the same information, the difference between the various performance results is arguably the level of skill an individual or team has to understand market behavior, consistently execute, avoid mistakes, minimize losses and maximize opportunities.

Since forex trading and investing is a skill, one of the best ways to overcome the long learning curve and shorten the road to competency–and eventually mastery–is having a mentor or coach to guide the way.  Unfortunately, unless you’re among the few who has worked their way into a hedge fund, proprietary trading firm, or institutional trading team, your access to an experienced and willing coach is probably slim to none.

And yes, there are knowledgeable and talented individuals all across the internet (including in our super cool forex forum) who enjoy sharing what they do and willing to give out general advice, but most of these folks don’t have the time or ability to do the things that a coach does:

  • Records and analysis your effort and results.

  • Observes and identifies any psychological roadblocks.

  • Prescribe ways to improve trading processes or techniques specific to you.

  • Motivates you when you need it.

Fortunately, there is an alternative that can be effective and it won’t cost you a dime: self-coaching!

Obviously, self-coaching involves doing all of the above-mentioned tasks on yourself, which to some, probably doesn’t make sense to do.  “How do I (a non-experienced, wannabe forex newb) coach myself to perform better?”  Well, here’s the first thing to know: A coach is not necessarily a teacher.

While the two roles can be blended and a coach can teach, a coach’s main job is to lead, observe, redirect, and motivate that individual or team to doing the right things to achieve the goal.  Before one can be coachable, they must have the fundamental skills of their chosen profession internalized. A master sushi chef doesn’t say to his apprentice, “this is how you cook rice” every time the apprentice needs to do so.  The apprentice is shown maybe once or twice (or maybe he already knows the skill) and is then sent off to do it.  The master chef will check out the apprentice’s work and then give guidelines on how to do it better next time.

In the world of forex trading, you should have all of the fundamental knowledge and trading skills (e.g., understanding market behavior, entry/exit frameworks, trade/risk management, position sizing, etc.) locked down before taking trades and being coached (no coach wants to waste their time on someone who isn’t serious). The great thing is that forex trading concepts and techniques are mostly simple to understand, and can be found for free in our School of Pipsology or learned from folks willing to share all throughout the internet. Once you’re past the initial learning stage and have chosen a basic trading framework that you feel fits you, then the self-coaching (i.e., the real work of a trader) really begins.

So, how do we do this? Check out the self-coaching process in part 2 of this blog post.


  • jabby

    As I’ve been fallowing this website for years like my coach I ask you to give me a sample of journal chart because there is no any other web bass teacher yet that I could trust.

  • OzTurtle

    Whilst it sounds good in theory, self-coaching is flawed, unless you already are a great coach!

    People don’t know what they don’t know and are too attached to step back and view things from an outsiders perspective.

    The top athletes in the world all still have coaches. That speaks volumes.

  • The top athletes in the world had coaches, the top ceo’s in the world don’t, they probably had mentors and a few (probably dead) people they look up to but they dont have coaches who tell them how to run their business, so you get the wallstreet drumcircle speaking about the 1%
    why? because indeed not everyone is fit to train by themselves. You have to be a nut, impervious to the demoralization of failure and the will to never quit. You need an inquisitive mind and the will to find out EVERYTHING, most people arent comfortable with that. In general someone who is closer to the norm (from a statistical point of view without any judgment included in the word ‘normal’) will go for a system presented by someone who is convincing rather than try to figure it out. Like the great heretic paracelsus i keep close at heart i say to thee : burn your books after you’ve read them and figure out if whats in it is really true. Might be something similar to what the buddha said as well about not accepting anything for granted. In short, figuring out everything yourself the hard way is reserved for the selective stubborn as a mule nut who can keep it up.

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  • Andy B

    Nice point