A student wrote to me the other day to tell me about his most recent bit of learning. He had just executed a beautiful trade with minimal effort and this surprised him. "Holy cow! I'm coordinated! I worked without thinking, drawing simply, and seeing what I needed to see. All of my training seemed to have coalesced into one fluid action. Wow, what was
The coordination that this student speaks of is a beautiful example of the connection that occurs between the physical, feeling-sense of trading markets and the intellect. As our intellect reaches to master the manifold components of trading—mapping price action, outlining market structure, and trade execution—our feeling-sense puts it all together. Although trading may not seem intuitively physical, it is. Think about the first time you learned to ride a bike, that moment that you first let go, when the millions of impulses that were firing all at once manifest into one sure feeling.
The unpracticed trader often has the expectation of mastering everything all at once while also expecting to execute brilliantly. This typically leads to frustration and misdirected action. That's because you can't will coordination. You can only invite it. Practice and application is one way to do this. Pick a focused practice, choosing one thing only, and work on it exclusively for a period of time. This could be learning everything about a particular market structure in all its various contexts or focusing on one of the three types of trades and all of its iterations.
Over time, your learning will be synthesized. You will become more fluid and capable. You'll know you're learning when you've rendered the complex simple.