Thinking versus Acting
Action is essential to making our goals, including financial, happen. Thinking that I will start trading online today and actually taking some action to open an investment account are two different things. Only by taking the steps, as in, choosing a broker, going to the online brokers website and applying to open an investment account can you start trading online today.
Why we hesitate
Like many new things we hesitate at it’s most basic level because of fear of the unknown. In financial circles this is called aversion to ambiguity. Aversion to ambiguity happens because were not familiar with what the outcome is going to be so we take no action. In fact in a way we feel better by procrastinating because although we still haven’t started trading, we believe we will.
This aversion to ambiguity can be crippling and can prevent Stock Trading Online us from reaching our financial goals. So what are some ways to help us along?
Overcoming aversion to ambiguity
First you must know that simply opening a trading account means just that. The account was simply opened. No money has been lost. So you have simply gained access to the markets. And this is a very important step because it allows us to research the markets and better understand how we want to invest or trade. Opening an account gives greater, deeper, and easier access to market information than free sources.
You don’t have to start trading right away. In fact many people simply trade without real money for a while until they get a feel for the risk and psychological aspects of trading.
If you think of it in small incremental steps rather than having to face being a full time successful trader it’s a lot easier to wrap your mind around. The first step is to decide you want to invest your money in some way. The second is saying OK I want to start trading and therefore I need access to market information. The third step is deciding what kind of broker you want to use to gain that access.