“The World Is What You Think It Is” – Applying Huna Principle One to Trading

We all don’t live in the same world. We all don’t see the same opportunities, live the same adventures, or receive the same blessings. Nor do we utilize our learnings or absorb available knowledge in similar ways. Some of us radiate gratitude and joy as we go about our daily lives. Others of us live in fear of losing the little we have, see treachery all around us, experience struggle and disappointment, and live in an anxiety of a muffled doom that never comes.

We’ve all recently witnessed the global economy rapidly collapse into itself as the world was repeatedly told it was in a crisis on the verge of catastrophe if massive action wasn’t taken immediately. People saw their personal finances imperiled in the larger economy and their fears expressed themselves in financial withdrawal and contraction. And their world became what they thought it was.

Einstein once said that the most important question we can ask ourselves is whether or not this universe is friendly. Our answer will be reflected in how we experience our world. You want to see your world as expansive and supportive of you.

Of course, the trading world is not the entire universe. There is more to life than trading; however, when we’re fully involved in the trading adventure, it does become a large part of our life and reality.

How do you view your trading experience? Expansive? Contracting? Benevolent? Sinister? A source of unlimited possibilities and potentialities? A dangerous black hole? Useful and readable? Unpredictable? Inscrutable? A neutral and level playing field? An area frequently upended or disrupted by unpredictable governmental and news incursions?

Some years ago I had two clients who traded at the CME in Chicago. One started each day filled with excitement. He viewed each day as Christmas morning with unopened packages under the tree. He knew there would be something wonderful there, he just didn’t know what. The other started each day feeling weak with dread hoping against hope he wouldn’t give up his week’s earnings. It was not even a contest at that point as to which client made more money and had a better experience. That is until the second client learned to change his anticipation and approach.

As traders and investors we need to realize that we participate in the trading process by how we view it. When you see the infinite potentiality for success and search with a clear focus for current opportunities you are well on the way toward creating a viable trading world for yourself. Allow yourself to imagine unending opportunity.

As Mark Twain said, “You cannot trust your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.”