I'm sure this is a pretty common thread with beginners. My problem is that I plan out my trades but sometimes don't follow the plan with the inevitable result i.e big losses. An example: I spotted a stock (using candlesticks) that was moving up nicely and approaching a previous gap. I determined that if it filled the gap I would buy into it. Yesterday the stock started moving up and I ignored the plan and took the plunge early, before it filled the gap. The result, it immediately turned around and plummeted resulting in a big loss. So the $64k question, are there any tried and tested methods which I can use to force myself to stick to my plan ?. Or am I screwed ?. By the way I've read Mark Douglas but I guess his advice didn't work too well for me. Thanks in advance.