Every journal I've read is: I have no problem following trading rules. None. I'll hold through a fucking -50 tick excursion if my system hasn't told me to close the position yet. Maybe it retraces to -40 and then I get the close position. Oh no, I lost 40 ticks. Boo hoo. At least I followed the rules of my system (if only i had a profitable one). I'm more efficient at it than a blackbox I seriously don't understand how people lose money when they have a system that has been statistically proven to make money over time. Buy or cover signal = press "buy." Sell or short signal = press "sell." Not getting a signal = do nothing. I'm not trying to be a smart ass but I get pissed off reading people's journals. If you're not going to use your profitable system, please give it to me. I'll give you 10% of the profits which is more than you'll make because you lose money by not following rules. edit - for clarity - my opposite problem is that I don't have a winning system but I can follow rules perfectly without emotion.