I've been having a problem with "dissapearing profits" lately. There were 3 or 4 days in the past 2 weeks that I was up significantly on the day (5-10% of my entire account), and was very tempted to call it a day. I of course didn't, and on only one occassion was I able to hold on to the profits. The other times I either gave most or all of the money back by the end of the day. Very frustrating. One day last week I was up over $1,100 net on the day and ended up finishing up $100! I was so pissed! I couldn't believe I flushed $1,000 down the toilet in a couple of hours. What do you all do in these situations? I know some people quit trading all together when a profit target is hit, others reduce share size. Some even increase share size with the assumption that because they're on a roll, why not bet some of the markets money. This is such a tough call to make IMO because it's hard not to get emotional. I recently read "Trading in the Zone" and I've been getting much better with my emotions during the day, but it's still very hard. I try to think of myself as a machine just doing a job. Making or losing doesn't really matter as long as I follow my rules. (Of course you have to have a positive expectancy system for this type of attitude). My personality is prone to keep trading rather than quit. A setup is a setup. Why not take them all regardless of where my profits are at on the day? This has kind of been my thinking lately. The one good day I had where I was up significantly, I really wanted to quit when I was up $500. That's twice what my daily goal is. I kept trading and finished up $900. It felt great! But then of course there are the other times when you give it all back. What to do, what to do???? (Just so you know, on those days I gave the money back, nothing changed with my trading. Same share size, took the same types of setups, didn't think I was really doing anything different. Maybe I was subconsciously who knows).