In trading, there are two distinct mindsets: the Stalker who actively tracks his prey and the Trapper who sits quietly waiting for the animal to step into the trap.
Most traders are men and testosterone biases us toward the primal Stalker mentality. Stalkers don’t necessarily have a plan, however. In fact, plans can get in the way. After all, Stalkers need to be flexible, spontaneous, tactical.
Trappers are the planners. They don’t care about the zig zag path the animal takes to the trap. Consequently, trapping is easier than stalking, but also much less entertaining.
If you are having difficulty in this market, you may be getting fooled as you pursue your prey. (In the modern market, solitary Stalkers are also hunted.) Consider setting a trap and practicing patience. It will be more boring, but probably more profitable.