Inspired by neke's thread, I've decided to try to start my own journal. I'm not sure I will have neke's level of dedication and honesty, but I hope I do. I think it will be a good way for me to keep track of my efforts. I'm a terrible discretionary trader. I know this about myself, because I'm overly emotional and my PnL is proof. I've been trading a few different systems that I developed but because I futzed with the targets and stops all of last year, instead of having a 40% gain, I ended up with close to a 50% loss. So my goal is to use this journal as motivation for me to stick with my system and not move stops or targets. I trade using automated strategies using Ninjatrader on Zen-fire and IB. Last year, I traded the TF, HSI, DAX, corn, and soy. This year, I'm going to focus on TF and HSI, and selectively trade corn and soy. My automated system produced 3 months of massive losses for the DAX at the end of 2010 which destroyed me, so I will avoid trading DAX until the results start looking better.