Episode 22 – TraderMind – The Power of Cultivating Awareness In Your Trading w/ Steve Ward

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Steve Ward is well known as a performance coach and has worked with peak performers across numerous domains from the likes of Olympic athletes to institutional and professional traders.tradermind-and-8211-the-power-of-cultivating-awareness-in-your-trading-w-steve-ward_thumbnail.png

Steve is also an author and in his latest book, TraderMind, he integrates the concepts of mindfulness into the world of high achievement and performance.

TraderMind is one of the new breed of what I call psychology 2.0 books and it’s currently one of my favourite trading psychology books and on my Top Recommended Books list on the blog.

So having worked with some many peak performers, in this show I have the opportunity to pick Steve’s brain and we get to explore many topics which I find fascinating.

Big Ideas

Here’s are some of the big ideas and why you should listen.  Learn about –

  • the shared habits and routines he’s seen in peak performers,
  • the importance of energy management,
  • the traits of top traders and edges to explore and develop,
  • the concept of marginal gains,
  • mindfulness in trading,
  • intuition vs. impulse,
  • and much more.

In the end there was one theme that kept coming up over and over again.

Let me pose it now in a form of a question,

What can you and I do to better cultivate awareness inside and outside of our trading?

Awareness boils down to being able to objectively tune into with what’s showing up for you while you trade (that is your feeling and physical states, your emotional states, and thoughts) and then layering on what’s objectively happening in the the markets.

Unfortunately many of us operate disconnected from these states and ultimately are hostage to our feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

As Steve says in the interview, “the more awareness you have over these 3 the less influence they have over you”.


Resources Mentioned

http://www.highperformanceglobal.com – Steve’s website

 – Steve’s book – TraderMind: Get a Mindful Edge in the Markets

 The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind

– Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk

 – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

 – Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

 – Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

 – Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes–But Some Do

 – Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

 – The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance


MTA Interview With Steve On Mindfulness For Traders

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Episode 22 – TraderMind – The Power of Cultivating Awareness In Your Trading w/ Steve Ward

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