Make a list of everything that can go wrong and determine how you will respond to that situation. That will be the key to your success – knowing how to respond to the unexpected.”
Ask 3 essential questions:
1. Why am I taking this particular trade? ( is it part of carefully prepared plan, or is it an emotional reaction; what is the catalyst behind the move and does it have the potential to sent the stock’s price higher; are there other better trading alternatives for my money)
2. What if a am wrong? (figure out where and when I will exit, before I initiate the trade; where is my stop loss and does it makes sense to be put there; how much am I risking? How am I going to protect my capital against “unexpected” gaps)
3. What if I am right? (how am I going to protect my profits; where I would exit and why)
Remember that good trading is all about managing risk. If you are entering a position without knowing where you are getting out when you’re wrong, then you’re sunk before you begin.