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My Fall 2017 Goals – Be the Ball

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After taking some time to retool the body and brain late in the summer, as well as tweak my trading network, here’s my fall regimen plan and targets.

Be Effective Asset Steward
Awake each day 5:15am ET
Arrive work station 5:30am ET
Be at trading station 100% of Europe-to-U.S. and U.S.-to-Asia transitions
Track and score all days and sequences
No alcohol or sex Sunday AM to Friday mkt close
Ensure 1000% focus (yes, there’s an extra zero)
Continue algo automation efforts
Trade a 56 year-old body like a 36 year-old
Continue diet & workout to keep weight within 170-173 range (holding from prior 210)
Increase vertical knee raise reps from 50 to 100 (3x day)
Increase push-up reps from 60 to 120 (3x day)
Push all limits and boundaries
Do the improbable
Pursue the impossible
Dream bold dreams
Eliminate/avoid all fear
Do what others won’t, can’t, or don’t understand
Have a trading partner/coach who will get in my face and push me
Be willing to fall completely on face … publicly
Use successes to teach/transfer knowledge; Rebuild educational website
Establish and nurture the best trading network in the world
Educate self at every free moment
Avoid all negative influences
Read goal list every morning and night
Give all glory to God
Love, uplift, inspire

Financial Targets:
Min $100k per Month
2 $100k Weeks
5 $25k Days
2 $50k Days
1 $100k Day
< 2 Draw Days per Month
20 250 ES Contract Trade Sequences
10 1,500 Spy Option Contract Sequences
Triple $7,500 “Play” Account

Frankly, I’m on a mission right now and will not be denied … so forgive me if I’m off the grid at times.

Who’s with me??

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In today’s video, I discuss more fully incorporating SPY and/or SPX options into my 2017 trading goal list and portfolio, and reach out to those of you who have been actively doing so for additional insights.

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The Continuing Trader – Closing a Chapter

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Please note if the video below starts in the middle, restart it to the beginning. Thanks.

Tonight’s post closes the current chapter in this trader’s public life, while putting the last decade of sims, diaries, books, posts, videos, and tweets in perspective.

It also marks a personal revision to my Chronicles & Twitter Avatar as shown on the right, to one that emphasizes reflection more than success … which may be very ironic since I don’t expect to tweet much in the future. As I’ve said in the past, I’ve always struggled a bit with the initial cover, although success, celebration, and positive emotion is and should indeed be part of the business.

I’ve learned over the last 55 years never to say never, so let’s just call it closing a chapter.

In the meantime, a reminder that there is a wealth of educational information contained on this site which can be accessed via the top menu or other page links, including the initial diary (be sure to check the key post index in the lower left margin!), some of my favorite postsformal trader educational tools, six episodes of the Trading After Dark series, and more.

As for me, I intend to continue to hone my trading and life skills as long as God gives me breath, as well as continue to grow and evolve much like the jellyfish we all strive to become.

May God bless all of you in your pursuits, and may we all strive to love, uplift, and inspire.

Until we meet again.

Don Miller
Twitter @millerdon

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Monday AM Trade Complete – Cherry on Top Trade

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Personal and market mojo remain aligned as the morning closes … still jumping through open window until it shuts.

11:22:51 From  Don : 00 should balance ES rth
11:28:06 From  Don : small L playing for 00 balance into noon push
11:28:11 From  Don : ES
11:31:37 From  Don : adding 97
11:33:47 From  Don : new highs or I buy lunch
11:34:57 From  Don : offering up to 01
11:37:04 From  Don : 0050 filled
11:37:27 From  Don : classic noon push
11:37:32 From  Don : holding some
11:37:50 From  Don : 0150 filled
11:38:13 From  Don : cherry on top trade
11:42:19 From  Don : flat 0250
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Special Pre-Christmas Weekend Trader Diary Entry

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My last post heading into the Christmas holiday discussing my current trading and Globex rhythms, as well as putting the last 20 years in perspective five years at a time.

Continued thanks to all within earshot, and may God bring all of you happiness and bountiful blessings in the coming year.

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This weekend’s edition discusses the concept of “How Bad Do You Want It?, recent MATD sequences, confidence vs. cockiness, why trading like a jellyfish is every trader’s optimal goal, my current $10 million path, and ends with a motivating challenge for all of us where we’ll compare notes at the end of the week.

Links referenced in the video include a recent humbling Chronicles review, and scorecard Excel & PDF files.

Sat PM Blog Postscript: Thanks to Charles from Ohio for sharing the following movie excerpt from Coach Carter which we’ve also added to our motivational video library.  May we all live by these words:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Have a relaxing weekend and invigorating week.

Today’s video covers several topics, including the rationale of seeking a large-size ES trader, a screw-up by this trader, followed by two strong days, and a new “trade of the week” program designed to sharpen the focus and motivation for all with the winning trader receiving a copy of the 16-hour Jellie trader webinar series (or another gift of my choosing if you already have the series).

I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking, other than say “Cowboy up gang” … this is just the first of many sweeping advancements at this end as the market just begins to heat up.

Oh, and check out my new office “view” below the video as I recently tweeted.  As I mentioned in the video, it’s actually a new wall mural to the right of my trading station.

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In Progress … A Glorious Unfolding

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There are serious life and trading undercurrents here. Watch until you find them, and we’ll chat soon.

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