When you're under a great deal of pressure, it is easy, even common, to choke. The stress, being on edge, make it extremely difficult to make decisions or to look at your current trading predicament objectively. When you have a drawdown, you can feel a little disappointed, a little stunned. After you've made a series of successful trades, you feel much more powerful, as if you can relax a little bit, and when you feel relaxed, you are more creative in approaching your trading strategies. Everything seems to click and you start trading effortlessly and profitably. It is extremely difficult to feel such empowerment when you are falling behind, or stuck in a rut, not making any headway. There are two types of momentum in trading. There is profit momentum and mental momentum. Mental momentum can be just as important as profit momentum.
Henry David Thoreau
Reprint from PrudentTrader Archives 2005