Worse if it was a really good opportunity, and this applies to the broader sense of life but I’ll keep to trading only in this post.
Missing an opportunity in trading can be particularly painful because it often involves a tangible financial loss. When an opportunity to buy or sell an asset at a favorable price is missed, the potential profits that could have been gained are lost and this can have a negatice effect on a trader’s equity.
The feeling of missing an opportunity can overwhelm traders especially if their recent trades have resulted in a loss, it can compound their negative emotions and make it difficult to remain confident and optimistic about future opportunities. This can lead to a vicious cycle of missed opportunities, increasing losses, and declining confidence, which can be challenging to overcome.
In addition to financial loss, missing an opportunity in trading can also challenge a trader’s confidence and sense of control. When a trader feels that they have missed a significant opportunity, they may question their decision-making skills and ability to navigate the market effectively. This can lead to feelings of disappointment, frustration, and discouragement.
However, it’s important to remember that missed opportunities are a normal part of trading (even if it’s painful sometimes) and that everyone experiences setbacks and losses at some point. Rather than dwelling on what could have been, traders can learn from their experiences and use them to inform future trades and decisions. Additionally, it’s important to maintain a long-term perspective and focus on the overall performance of their portfolio, rather than fixating on individual trades or missed opportunities.