Kafkaesque wrote: ↑Wed May 09, 2018 10:19 pm
b) A set amount which you deem to be realistically achieveable, if you keep your workload and disciplin up, but can be adjusted if they turn out to be unrealistic for whatever reason (not counting lack of work ethic and disciplin).
I use targets a lot and always have, but only, only, only in terms of "b)" and never "a)". Maybe it's just the language barrier and/or trading lingo that's got me in a tangle here, and you guys would define b) as something other than target?
b) is more akin to what I mentioned as a more sensible way of having a target, if you feel it serves to motivate you in a positive way towards making right decisions, I think it's all good. Peter's post you quoted said exactly what I was trying to get at, when the target begins to outrank the decision making process, that's trouble. I don't think b) is that..
I can sometimes do similar, say I *hope to make x amount for the year, but will let my strategy play out and deliver whatever it delivers... the real trouble normally begins when I'm on a good run, and I extrapolate what my current profit rate might equate to at end of year, it never fails to initiate a harsh downturn...It's human nature in many ways, it's a hard game, and I think probably, it's our old friend dopamine that loves setting up targets of all different kinds. Which is why I try to reinforce healthy targets related to doing things technically correct, or working on being focused etc.