Ok, I just closed a swing trade today and broke even. Therein lies the problem. My indicators (which have been profitable) flagged a buy yesterday. The stock jumped up 3%. According to my system, I am to close the trade if it's up more than 2%. As I was entering my sell order, the thing dropped like a rock and literally fell 5% in a matter of 5-10 minutes. This put me under 2%. According to my system (again), I am to place a limit order at a 2% profit for the following day. Well, when this morning hit, the sucker fell like a rock again ... now I'm down 8-9%. According to the system, I'm supposed to wait until the end of the day and close the order if I don't reach my 2% goal. Well, this thing started to float back and the next thing I knew, it was getting back above water (for the day). Unfortunately, this had happened three other times today, so the advance made me leary. I immediately got defensive and set a limit order at break even (figuring it probably wouldn't even make it that far). Of course, after the limit order was set, the stock shot up, my order was filled and it proceeded to shoot up to what should've been my "real" target at a 2% profit. Doh! Stupid brain locked me out of profits. Soooooo ... I have this system, I've backtested, I've been using it and it works but even with this firmly implanted in my brain, emotion still reigns and screws me up. So my question to folks, especially those who put "faith" into a system ... what keeps you from getting an itchy trigger finger? What are some techniques to manage fear and more importantly, keeping your expectations at a consistent level. What I mean by consistent is that I find my expectations floating w/ the price of the stock. So if I'm up 3%, I expect 3% or better, if I'm down 3%, I'd be pleased as punch with a breakeven proposition instead of the 2% I'm SUPPOSED to be locking in. Who knows, it may be as easy as walking away after the trade is executed. Just wanted to hear how others "cope". Thanks. I know, stick to the system, stick to the system ... easier said than done.