So often, it's not the method that's letting us down...it's the way we think and frame things. Here are the changes I made to really turn things around! 1) Trade Higher Time Frames- I thought I was "safer" on a 15 sec chart- I could see more information and could be in and out quicker. What a lot of traders miss is the fact that you lose edge when dropping down to lower TFs. This is because the spread and commissions make up a larger %age of your gains/losses. You can make more money or, if you are a break-even trader, literally go from break-even to winning just by moving up a TF or three. e.g. Trader 1= 5 tick stop (stp) and 13 tick profit target (pt). Assuming 1 tick covers spread + commissions... Net stp=6 ticks. Net pt=12. i.e. 2:1 R:R. Trader 2= 10 tick stp and 26 tick pt (same gross R:R as Trader 1 but twice as big, i.e. higher TF). Net stp= 11 ticks. Net pt= 25 ticks. 2.27:1 R:R. Trader 2 earned himself 13.6% more reward for his risk simply by trading a higher TF. 2) Think Process Short-Term, Outcome Long-Term- The wider I make the gap between the two, the better I do. Every detail of the process counts now, but it's effect- the outcome- will only be seen after large N (which usually means a long time). Reacting to the outcome will throw you off the process. I used to check account balances intra-trade (yikes!) at one point. Now I check at the end of the week. 3) Let Go Of Control- We don't control what happens outside of us (well, there is the Observer Effect..but that's another story). Sitting there hoping/praying/willing the price to go your way won't have the slightest effect on what does or doesn't happen so there's absolutely no point in doing it. There are techniques that help achieve this: Meditation, leaving a trade on and getting in the shower etc. (you may leave the shower early a few times in the beginning!) The energy you save will help you take that winning trade later in the day that you'd normally miss from lack of focus. 4) Embrace Losers- They are our friends. Trying to avoid a loser is like trying to walk on just your right leg. You don't get very far. Losers are an integral part of the winning process. I started to treat losers as I did my winners. I stopped going through charts trying to optimize my way out of the would-be losers and catching mostly winners. Pushing them away breaks whatever edge you have. 5) Non-Ownership...Everything Is Borrowed- During my 3-4 year break-even phase, I was perplexed at the number of spreadsheets I had that showed the exact same pattern, again and again, over different instruments, TFs and strategies. Good, consistent, profitable trading for days/weeks, then a cliff-dive back down to break-even. I couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Then it hit me. I started trading defensively when I "was up" a certain amount. I didn't want to lose what I had made. This changed when I realised that we don't own anything, not even the house you think you own! Everything is on lease and the line drawn between things we "own" and what we "don't own" is subjective. This thought liberated me and allowed me to risk those intra-trade profits by holding to target.