Quick background: I've been day trading the ER2, YM & ES for a little over a year. Started with ~30k, currently down to 10k. I've had my weeks, even months but overall the bottom line is hurting. The core of my trading process is a combination of candlestick triggers, 20, 50, & 200 EMA's, volume, pivots, ADX/DMI & sentiment (mostly TICK). Almost all trades are from a 5-min chart, entries often timed with a 1-min TICK chart. Using TICK extremes, key price points and candle patterns I often fade the YM with well timed entries. I also use ADX/DMI to confirm strong trends, and enter on TICK or price retracements. Reviewing each trading session consistently reveals very well timed trade entries and absolutely terrible exits. I always use an immediate hard stop with the following approximate ranges depending on volatility: ER2: 2.5 - 3pts YM: 15 - 40pts Here are a few hideous examples from todays session: 10:07am YM LONG @ 11415 10:09am CLOSED @ 11408 (-35) 10:19am ER2 LONG @ 728.60 10:20am CLOSED @ 728.50 (-10) 10:46am ES SHORT @ 1278 10:48am CLOSED @ 1278.25 (-12) 3:20pm ER2 SHORT @ 730.30 (-80) 3:25pm CLOSED @ 731.10 If you look at the end of day chart it is mind boggling that I can time entries this good and still manage to lose when each one of these trades worked about as 'perfectly' as you could expect. I have not lost more than a 3pt ER2 hard stop in a long time. I am not overly concerned with the potential loss of my stop distance on any given trade but yet seem to always fall prey to 'candle hypnosis'. I take losses much too quickly and profits much too soon. Clearly it is self-sabotage and quite frustrating with so many trades that should be substantial winners. Currently reading 'Trading in the Zone' by Douglas. I have several affirmations that pop up by alert many times a day. Somehow I must learn to completely let go of a position after taking the trade. All suggestions or experiences welcome. Thank you for any help.