I traded stock options for 4 1/2 years during the late 1990s. It wasn’t just any four years though. I traded at the very peak of the dotcom craze. That means I rode the whipsaw of a snake called the stock market right to the very top and then sharply down.

One thing that became very apparent was that I had an uncanny knack for entering a position at the worst possible time. I bought ‘calls’, I bought ‘puts’, (meaning I sometimes anticipated the market dropping, and other times I thought it was going higher). Watching myself as I traded, a pattern soon became apparent: I had an uncanny knack for entering a position at the most expensive price and then selling at the cheapest price.

Let me tell you: this is a formula for running out of money, and quickly too!

I knew it wasn’t just ‘bad luck’ that I kept having losing trades. Something about my expectations or beliefs was causing me to secretly choose failure.

I spent the next month reprogramming my subconscious until my secret expectations finally matched my outward ones.

How did it turn out? I immediately started entering very favorable positions and then selling at just the right time. I’d completely reversed things and they were now going my way!

The lesson? Take a closer look at what you secretly expect and then make sure you align it with what you’re outwardly looking to have happen.

Keith Matthew has been teaching personal development and wealth building techniques for 17 years. Visit http://www.selfmasterysecrets.com/ns-freecourse.html to sign up for a Free 7-Day Success Workshop.