I've done some reflection and come to the conclusion that there are some critical questions I need to ask myself and then find the answer for, that will get me closer to trading. Please feel free to add the list or give an opinion/ answer for a question. Or even re write what you think are better self questions for a trader. 1. What trading platform will I use? (probably alliance trader for a start) 2. What market will I be trading? ( This one is probably the fuzziest to me as I really don't know the advantages of trading one type of market over another. If anyone knows a good article to point me to on the markets I would appreciate it.) 3. Once I decide on a market, how do I decide what to trade, what criteria? 4. What will my strategy be based on? ( I'm thinking indicators with historical backtesting to see what works and develop my own style.) 5. What's my risk reward ratio going to be. How am I going to decide how to buy and where to sell or put stops? 6. When I paper trader what will be my personal indicator to actually try and buy for real? At what increments should I gradually build up size? Sorry if this sounds fuzzy and newbish, because it is. I'm trying to organize my thoughts and get input from those who are successfull, stand on the shoulder of giants so to speak.