As you develop a trading strategy it means you are taking the same trades over and over. Your wins looks the same.. and so do your losses. You understand what the market looks like when a trade is going your way, and what it feels like when your original premise just doesn’t seem valid anymore. Your numbers in the template should add up every week or month and this makes it easier to focus on which areas you need improvement in. This repetition forces you to grow and perfect your niche. You also need to keep printed records of your trades; at least in the beginning. It is so easy to print the chart out at the end of the day and draw your entry and exit points on it. After a couple weeks you have several charts you can quickly flip through and see everything you did.. and that quick visual allows you to remember what you were thinking, why you were right or wrong, and most importantly did you manage the trade correctly.
Unless you are extreme scalping intraday this should be fairly easy to ask of you. We have to remember we are, or working to become, professionals at this. A professional isn’t a 3 year old swinging wildly for the fences that couldn’t tell you how many swings he took. A professional is well prepared, even more experienced, and beyond all disciplined. If these are things you aren’t doing at least in the beginning then it probably means your don’t have a strategy. In that case get a less expensive hobby for the time being while you devolve that strategy. There is no shame in that. The market will be here in 30 years.. the question is will you be?