Preparation is the Secret to Confidence

I do not know where I originally got this from, but I have had it on the front of my trading binder for the past three decades:

“There can be no greater courage

when there is no confidence or assurance.

Half the battle is in the conviction

that you can accomplish what you undertake.


With practice you’ll come to a point of competence.

You’ll find yourself accomplishing your goals

with grace and confidence.


It’s then that you’ll do the things

that you never dreamed you could do.

You’ll discover powers you never knew existed.

If you’re prepared, you’re able to feel confident.


Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere.

It’s the result of constant work and dedication.