You must have surely heard of trading rules like, “Don’t panic”, “Look before you leap into trades”, etc. What do all these point towards? Essentially, they talk about trading as a state of mind; something that is contingent on how clearly you are able to think and how focused you are able to remain. Personal problems could come in a variety of ways. It could range from health related issues, to anxiety over uncertain events, to a failed marriage and an impending divorce. All these are personal risks that could gradually spill over into your trading performance. There is a certain irony in going through a tough period personally. The anxiety and the uncertainty tend to leave you confused and you end up making sub-optimal trading decisions in trying times. Ironically, this uncertainty is exactly the time when you actually need to maintain your equanimity, poise and balance.