This is my first post here on Elite Trader. I've been reading the contents of this site for years, but never seemed to have any reason to write anything until now. I've been shown a way to trade that is most likely going to be profitable and doable for me. I don't plan to share the method. However, I'm having a really hard time following this trading system. I can see it working on the charts after the day is over, and many times I do take trades following the rules of the system. Those trades do really well. However, I'm making so many mistakes that I'm currently at a 40% win rate using a 1:1 risk to reward ratio. A random system of entering, such as a coin toss, would be better than how I'm trading. However, when looking over my trades very closely, I find that the majority of the losing trades have been due to my lack of self-discipline to follow the rules exactly. My general tendencies to take losing trades are: 1. Jump right back in after a losing trade. Usually price has retreated to what looks like a better entry. So taking a second trade looks even better. Do that process enough times and oops, just lost 5 trades in 3 minutes. So, to overcome this I'm trying to work on passing up even a good trade if it's right after a loss. I'll probably fiddle with this rule a few times before finding something that seems to work. 2. Jump into a very fast moving market. Sometimes that works, sometimes that doesn't. It's not a very reliable way to enter. Too many times I've bought the exact high, to the tick, by doing this. 3. Fudging the rules because I want a trade and the market isn't setting up correctly for my entry, so I think.....I KNOW it's going to here, I should just get in now. I'm wrong so many times, when will I ever realize this? I need to remember a coin toss is a better system than my perception and remember I have rules that do work, when I follow them. 4. The rules of my system are complicated. Extremely. Too many times I've thought I was entering correctly, but I forgot about one or two rules. Or I simply misread the market criteria and thought it had set up according to my entry rules, but it didn't. Point #4 is critical. The first 3 have to do with me as a trader, not following my plan. The 4th has to do with my trading system. Is it as reliable as I believe it is? If so, why is it so difficult to get it right? Is this something that will get better with more experience? I need to work on not misreading the entry set ups, as well as being very methodical with following each rule exactly. What I hope to accomplish with this journal is to reflect on each of the issues that are keeping me from success and hopefully, begin to overcome them. My goals for this next week: 1. Take only trades in accordance with my trading plan. 2. Record daily here on Elite Trader whether or not I followed my trading plan. If anyone reads this, thanks for stopping by! Comments are welcome.