There are static and dynamic aspects of everything in life. For financial players the most significant may be found outside the market itself and in our individual lives (non-market related). I have found a substantial component of achieving a high level of performance lies in the ability to maintain consistency by managing these non-market related aspects of life such as confidence, family/friends, relationships, office politics, personal financial situation, etc. Specifically, I have been having a tough time with friends and relationships and I think that this has affected my performance... But there are financial market challenges as well: Changes in volatility, NYSE Hybrid, degree of difficulty in generating alpha, structure/globalization, evolution of securities/instruments, etc. For those that have a discretionary element to their trading approach, how does one assess whether it is the markets or things outside markets contributing to success or causing trouble? What are some of the best techniques for managing your outside life?