2-Enter only at the point of least risk.
3-Study what the market pattern is telling you.
4-Learn the habits of the traders who know what they are doing.
5-Prepare before you sit down to trade.
You have to understand that it does not matter what you think the market will do, it will not go anywhere unless there is an imbalance between the buyers and the sellers. One side needs to be winning for the market to trend.
The other thing is that you can enter the market at anytime you get a signal that is valid. These signals appear 5 or 10 times a day.
Novices never get to learn that the market is easy because they rush in without studying the market flow.
Many just listen to brokers and they do not have on line data to see what the market is doing.
You have to have the facilities of the professional trader to call yourself one. Most of all you have to act like one.
The biggest common fault of losers is that they take a position and will not get out of it when the writing is on the wall that they were wrong. You will always know when you were right and you will always know that if you took a trade and it didn't do what you thought it would you are now
wrong. If it look like it is not working Scratch the trade and wait for a better opportunity. To do anything else is stupidity. Ask yourself! Would I stay in a high stakes poker game and bet on the next card drawn if I was holding a 7 and an 8 - NO you would just throw them away. Yet if you had a pair of Aces in the hole you would bet the living shit out of the pot.The first thing you need to learn to be a professional trader is to remove all the stupidity from your game plan. You must have a good reason to take any trade.
You cannot afford to be lazy or for that matter think for one minute you know what the market will do. You may think you do but you will still have to wait to find out if you were right. One other piece of advice - avoid forecasters as all they will do is cause you to hold losses in the hope the market will come back and save you.The market will never save you - you have to save yourself.