Hi, Hoping for some advice, I am a total mess right now. I have spent years learning about the markets, reading books, reading forums, staring at charts for hours every night after putting in a long days work at the office. I have tried dozens of methods on loads of instruments on every timeframe. I came up with a method with is a hybrid of different things I have picked up on, breakouts of triangles with a volatility stop entering at the high of the breakout bar and trailing the resulting trend with a moving average adding positions where inside bars/days occur (see Toby Crabel). So I noticed that the were a lot of consolidation patterns in individual stocks taking place the past few months and thought this would be a great time to actually place some live trades. Of the stocks I was watching many I didn't trade as they didn't breakout strongly enough or the volume was too low. I took SODA.O gapped then stopped me out. But PMO.L and MSFT.O broke out quite nicely. So although they were making slow but steady progress I guess it wasn't enough for me. On Thursday I started to read the market news about how the stock market will be in the doldrums for this year, or that the global economy is on the brink of tanking, and as I watched the indices bob up and down directionless and my two positions going nowhere I decided that I have no business being long in potentially three month long trades in this kind of market, I should be spending my time on shorter term methods, despite all the years of effort I had put in getting this far. Well I closed out my positions in disgust and guess what happened the next day to MSFT.O. I fell for the oldest trick in the book. PMO.L was up slightly too, both bucking the trend in the general market. If I had stuck to my plan I would have moved both of these to breakeven now. I feel really discouraged. These setups don't happen all the time I have missed a great opportunity, maybe we are going to see a rally in the stock market and I missed the boat. But if another setup were to happen I would probably get the same market gitters...."how can this stock defy the general directionlessness of the market in the medium term, I need to be swing trading, in and out". Maybe I am not mentally cut out for this kind of trading...or any trading that matter. I have already been looking at a swing trading method based on the V phenomena, but maybe after a few trades I will get disillusioned with that too. Then swing trading might be physiologically easier to do. I don't know I could ramble on for hours. What do you guys think? See charts attached.