I just finally created rules to my trading plan. Now I have a stop and a target in the market. After hearing it many times at seminars and seeing it in many books, I finally did it after losing a lot of money. Amazingly it has changed to way I think about trading. Trading now is not about managing my trade, but about finding a good trade setup. Before, I would constantly check the status of my trade (I am a swing trader, in trades for several days) because I didn't have a stop so I was worried that something crazy would happen and I would lose a lot. Now though it just dawned on me that I don't have to check on them any more. I can focus only on finding good trade opportunities. Has anyone else had this realization? How has it worked out for you?