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Coach's Playbook Posted by Team Topstep March 25, 2021

Maximizing Your Strengths

Regular self-assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses are a critical component in the life of a day-trader. Maximizing your strengths and countering your weaknesses will put you in the best possible position to succeed. Whether it’s the products you’re trading, the charts you look at, or even the time of day you’re most profitable, you always want to put yourself in the spot where you can take your best shot.

Funded Trader Shoutout

After a two-week run by Emeline D, who put together a nice string of winners trading the E-Mini Nasdaq-100 futures, it’s time to pass the torch to another deserving Topstep funded trader.

This week, we would like to recognize Tam L, a funded trader who has recently been doing well in their Funded Account®. Taking advantage of a nice spike in volatility, Tam was able to book a solid $2,400 day trading the E-Mini S&P 500 futures.

Maximizing Your Strengths

When we focus too much on our weaknesses, we may inadvertently bring them to the forefront of our trading plan instead of trying to avoid them. It’s more important to focus on the things you do well in trading than succumbing to weaknesses.

To maximize your strengths, you must first know what they are. This is another reason why journaling is so important. Keeping a detailed log of your day-to-day trading makes it easy to check-in on yourself at the end of the week or the end of the month.

Here’s a small checklist of things you might want to track when exploring your strengths and weaknesses:

  • What products are you trading?
  • When are you trading?
  • How often do you trade?
  • When are you most profitable?
  • Where are you trading (environment)?
  • What size are you trading?

Getting to know yourself and embracing your trading style will take you much farther than trying to mimic someone else.

Trade Well!