3 Steps to Building a Reliable Trading System

by | Sep 13, 2023

Anyone seeking long-term success in the market needs one thing above all else — a reliable trading system.

Without a system, you’re throwing darts … hoping that trades work in your favor instead of knowing that they’re perfect for your particular set of goals.

If this sounds familiar, don’t think it’s too late to adjust your trading…

When starting as a trader, I didn’t have a system. This caused me to make a lot of mediocre trades that I would never make today

On the other hand, if you figure out a system that works for you, the sky’s the limit.

So, if you’re ready to start preparing like a pro…

Keep reading and I’ll show you three steps to discovering the trading system that’s right for you…

Identify Your Strengths (and Weaknesses)

Before building the fundamentals of your trading system, you’ve gotta take a long, hard look in the mirror…

As a trader, it’s critical to understand your strengths. And it’s potentially even more important to understand your weaknesses.

Be honest with yourself … What are you good at? And what areas of your trading need improvement?

By determining these attributes, you can work to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses within your trading system.

For example, over many years of self-reflection, I’ve realized that I’m a day trader at heart. 

Sure, I occasionally make swing trades. But far more often, I’m in and out of positions within 24 hours. 

When it came time to build my trading system, I knew I wanted to devise a strategy that was built around day trading, scalping, and overnight trades. 

But YOU might be completely different…

A system that works for one trader might not work for the next. It’s all about personality, account size, and risk tolerance.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses to determine the type of system that’s right for you. 

Then, it’s time to test it…

Test Your System

Once you’ve figured out your strengths and weaknesses, you’ve hopefully thought of some potentially actionable trading strategies that play into your strong points.

This is where many traders make a mistake — by immediately attempting to live-trade their system. This is a mistake.

First, you should test your system by paper trading setups that fit into your game plan.

Paper trading allows you to try out a wide variety of strategies, setups, and patterns without risking a dime.

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Once you’ve started paper trading, start tracking your trades religiously.

This means going through the data, trade by trade, applying your predefined rules, and then recording the outcomes. 

Keep a trading journal to track each trade’s entry and exit points, profits or losses, and any relevant observations. 

Then, eventually, you’ll need to start testing your system in the actual stock market by live-trading real money. 

And unless you’re a robot, you’ll probably find that your emotions are much harder to control with real financial risk on the line. 

When you’re risking your hard-earned money, the stakes are higher. But this is exactly the environment you wanna get comfortable in. 

Ultimately, the key to trading real money with professional skill is harnessing one specific attribute of your personality…

Stay Disciplined

Developing a winning strategy is difficult — but executing it with discipline is even more challenging.

You only need to look at social media for a few minutes to see hundreds of clueless idiots rambling on about their incredible trading strategies…

But how many of these Twitter clowns can deliver consistent returns, year after year, and prove it? 

The answer: very few. 

This is why you can’t call it a day after simply developing a strategy. You’ve gotta execute it consistently.

The setups aren’t going to trade themselves … there’s still a lot of work ahead for you. This is where discipline becomes so important…

Trading your own money is a whole different ball game than developing a strategy. 

As mentioned earlier, emotion quickly becomes many traders’ biggest enemy.

Some people can do incredible technical analysis, but once they start actively trading, it’s a disaster. They become emotional wrecks who inevitably fail. 

In the end, it’s all about discipline. Ask yourself the following questions before every potential trade:

  • Does it fit into your game plan? 
  • What’s your price target and risk level?
  • Do you have a clear entry and exit strategy?

Then, it’s time to take the next step

Are You Ready To Take The Next Step?

Here’s the truth … I wouldn’t be a multi-millionaire if I hadn’t joined Tim Sykes’ Trading Challenge so many years ago.

And I want you armed with all of the tools necessary for success in the stock market.

So, if you’re passionate and dedicated, ready to take on anything the market throws at you, then I’ve got something for you…

My mentor, Tim Sykes, has helped traders learn to succeed for years. More than 30 of them (including me) are now millionaires.

Are you ready to take your trading game to the next level? Do you have what it takes to face the Trading Challenge?

Let’s find out…


I’m excited to see you there!

Meet Mark:

Mark Croock is a former accountant who after studying under Millionaire Trader Tim Sykes turned his small account into $4.11 million in trading profits by applying Tim’s strategies to options trading.

He started Evolved Trader to pay it forward and help other traders learn how to leverage options


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