As a Forex trader this is perhaps the most common reason for people to lose their capital if not getting a margin calls. In order to understand this common phenomenon, we first have to take a look at our social conditioning and personal psychology.
Since childhood our family education and institutional learning has taught us one thing, to get things right, if possible all the time. Children are stigmatized for making decisions that are socially considered as wrong. We are conditioned to be right about situations that yield positive results. Closing a trade with a loss, regardless how small, defines our decision to open the trade as wrong. Accepting that you were wrong is not something people are prepared to accept.
Moreover, novice traders often start to take the outcome of their strategy too personally. Instead of thinking that the strategy is wrong they associate a losing trade being reflected on them, personally, that they are wrong! Perhaps another reason is that most retail traders invest money that they cannot actually afford to lose. Thus, they get over involved with their trading.
On the other hand professional traders comprehend the uncertainty associated with trading Forex or any other trading instruments. They recognize the fact that a trader is only as good as the strategy they are executing. If a strategy is failing then it does not reflect on their judgment, personally. They cut their losses short and pause trading after a series of losing trades. Then they focus their energy to improve their strategy instead.
The fact remains that successful traders learn to trade in statistics on a series of trades, where novice traders take each and every trade’s outcome as a matter of life and death. If you want to become successful in Forex, learn to apply the Casino model. Just like a Casino know that if players keep playing for hundred times they will lose due to the “house advantage” over a long term, a trader should try to think in hundreds of trades not just the one. In Forex, your strategy should provide that “house advantage” and you should think in long to medium term results like a Casino does.
If you have a strategy that you have tried and back tested with good positive result then you should focus on executing the strategy flawlessly instead of munching over the outcome of a single trade.
Turn the table around and become the Casino instead of the player in Forex. If you succeed in doing that then you will perceive how easy it will be to earn real dollars over a longer timeframe without worrying about the outcome of a single trade.