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This is my most exciting and mentally stimulating work since the Matrix!

My understandings in this field have significantly evolved and deepened far beyond what I taught when I first helped develop this workshop. I will explain my current thoughts, beliefs, and philosophies about my latest theory – the Matrix Thinking Meta-Model. Understanding it will help you begin to realize how YOU create everything around you.

"You will learn how to see from multiple perspectives, why you should think in terms of probabilities all the time, and how to reach higher levels of consciousness. Using the Matrix Thinking frame will help you achieve an improved perspective of “you” and your world which will generate genuine new edges in your trading — and in every area of your life." — Van K. Tharp

Van’s Systems Thinking workshop is unrelated to any one kind of trading. In fact, the course relates to trading but he does not focus on trading. It's a psychologically oriented workshop to help you understand how systems work and how to develop mental models that help your ability to think in system terms. In Van’s context, “systems” go far beyond trading and even beyond the markets as complex dynamic systems. Van goes into scientific theory and goes out as far as the cosmos in his coverage of the subject area to help attendees think more “systematically” in trading and in the other realms of their lives.

Where All of Your Success Centers...

Very likely, this trader acts solely from a tactical point of view:

Frustrated Trader loooking at screens

ID a chart pattern, create an order and execute.

They then wait and see if their system, if they have one, has delivered a profit. And yet, there is so much more at play…

Capital markets and the traders who participate in them are both made up of complex, dynamic, and adaptive systems.

By thinking only about tactics, you miss the bigger factor shaping your success.

Your beliefs, and every thought that you hold as true need to be explored in a deeper, more comprehensive way.

After all, ALL of your success as a trader, and even as a human being, centers on your beliefs.

This is where Matrix Thinking, a higher level of systems thinking, comes in...

Where you will learn more about yourself, the markets you trade, and the systems you use…

Giving you a genuine opportunity to master the craft of trading.

First, however, we need to define what systems thinking is.


What is Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking should not be considered one simple idea, but rather a combination of numerous subjects.

For example, systems thinking is considered:

  • An integrated body of knowledge or discipline—think the Scientific method and Sir Isaac Newton. Here, the focus is on the objective or that which can be observed.
  • An idea involving your mindset, or way of looking beyond the basic trading aspects of tactics. Here, we are starting to look at beliefs.
  • A recurring and iterative process, requiring various inputs. These might include changes in oneself, the markets, your results in comparison to your objectives, and more. The outputs include informed decision-making about what systems to use, what position sizing strategies to employ, if and when discretion is utilized, and more.

Advanced systems thinking also involves mental maps, and how they are used to guide you while in the trading process. Here, the subjective becomes as important as the objective.

However, even this has limits, as most standard systems thinking is mostly linear thinking,

I believe I have found a new, more robust way of thinking about systems…

And it’s here where we can begin to reach new levels of awareness and increase the chances of achieving success through trading.


An Evolution in Systems Thinking:

In the past, I worked with Ken Long to get a better understanding of certain aspects of systems thinking. With a military background and a Ph.D. in decision-making under uncertainty, he provided great guidance in explaining some of the more analytical areas involving the trading process.

Recently, however, I discovered various new ways of thinking about systems and the mental maps we create around them, going beyond today’s current limits. My new concepts involve systems thought from a unique perspective, including Oneness and the applications of NLP to trading. From these, as well as what I have studied and learned over the last 35 years as your trading coach, I have developed a decidedly different model; one that involves not just a single map, but multiple layers of several different maps. It is the basis for this workshop.

NLP Grid

 “The Map is not the Territory”

One of the key principles of systems thinking is the concept that “the map is not the territory.” Alfred Korzybski first coined the phrase back in 1931, and he explains how people confuse models of reality with reality itself.

On the first day, we will take a deep dive into the whole concept of what we perceive as reality. It’s here where you will learn that everything is made up. From this understanding, we can begin to lay the groundwork for matrix thinking and its benefits to you as a trader.


How Matrix Thinking Can Work for You:

For most of you, the need to be right is the main issue you face as traders. We were taught in school that being right is important; after all, you had to be right to get good grades. And while this served us in school, it creates major issues for traders.

The lower emotions of fear, greed, anger, grief, shame, and guilt tend to come from the need to be right.

So, imagine for a moment…

  • What if you could trade from a place where not having to be right is ok?
  • Where being right is much less important than making money?
  • What if you could trade from a position of strength, and above those lower emotions?

Instead of fear — Peace…

Instead of anger — Joy…

And instead of greed — Satisfaction…

These higher emotions are available to you on a consistent basis…

And that is what this workshop is all about; to get you to think from a higher level…

One where you can see how you create everything in your life, including your trading results.  


What I Will Share with You:

Beginning on Day 1, I will outline the various concepts that make up system thinking as we know it...

Including:

  • What systems thinking is and the four major paradigms
  • What is in a system and understanding how function and emergence play a part
  • How humans are “reflexive meaning makers” and how knowing that makes you powerful
  • The problem with “what Science knows about reality.”
  • Why some believe we can never really know reality, only actualities
  • Why “The map is NOT the territory” and the reason this is important for your success
  • How logical, linear thinking fails the test for successful trading

Later on, I will share how NLP can be contextualized into a framework of systems thinking, allowing you to move from a problem state to the desired state. We break down key components of NLP, such as the TOTE model (Trigger, Operate, Test, Exit).

I will also compare SMART goals with well-formed NLP goals, and how they can become part of your trading plan. We will also discuss the 5 different models that make up Robert Dilt’s Unified Field Theory of NLP and also walk through my Personal Change Technique.

This alone could be worth the price of the workshop.


Finally, I will lead the discussion into strategy, where we will talk about the qualities of strategic thinking, Game Theory (including its inherent weaknesses), what to do when your strategy breaks down, and what to include in the strategic section of your Trading Business Handbook.

We will get into:

  • Checklists- when they are valuable and when they can be destructive
  • How to use metaphors to enhance your trading success greatly
  • Where mind mapping, mental models, and critical thinking should come together
  • The 8 step process for setting a vision-NLP style
  • How to apply matrix thinking to trade planning and trading systems

Then, on day 2, we will get to work and apply what you have learned so far.

Such things as:

  • How to utilize various models in your trading
  • How Ken Long’s various models and maps can be useful to you
  • How to map out your trading system using NLP-Unified Field Theory
  • How the Role of Complexity and Law of Requisite Variety fits into your trading
  • Why House of Trading and Scaffolding Metaphors are at “genius thinking” levels

Finally, on day 3, we will play various team games, all designed to get you in the habit of systems thinking and beyond.

After the games, we will review and discuss:

  • How well you matched capability with strategy
  • Accepted risk concepts- when and why
  • Plan flexibility – as a team, did you take advantage of this? Should you?

We will also tackle the self and the system…


  • From Zero State…
  • To Coach State…
  • To my own model for Mental State change

We will then review what you have learned over the last few days.


Finally, as a bonus, we will also map out the entire Super Trader Program, taking a complex system and converting it into a basic TOTE as discussed on day 1. Everyone will then have an opportunity to complete an advanced lesson on Systems Thinking.

Usually reserved for ONLY for my Super Traders, this BONUS section will give ALL attendees a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective into the activities world-class traders utilize to win the game of trading on a consistent basis. 


Q and A with Van Tharp:

Q: How can Matrix Thinking help me as a trader?

A: First, this workshop will help you take a big step in raising your level of awareness. Most traders are just acting out of fear and greed with many non-useful beliefs. By raising your awareness, you can move your consciousness from these basal states toward acceptance and beyond. Most importantly, you’ll start to operate from a state of useful beliefs, where the definition of a useful belief for a trader means that it makes you money.

Q: Are there any pre-course requirements?

A: No, but if you want to get a head start on understanding some of the new concepts I will be teaching, you can take some of the free courses offered over at www.complexitylabs.io (http://complexitylabs.io/systems-thinking-videos/). I specifically recommend studying The Systems Thinking and Systems Paradigm courses.

Q: Is this an advanced course. Can anyone attend?

A: Yes and Yes. This is a more challenging workshop, but the vast majority of VTI subscribers can understand these concepts. It is designed to get all attendees to consider how their thinking creates their results from a unique point of view, and I will show you how you can deliver a better trading experience by thinking from this perspective.

Q: How much trading experience should I have before attending?

A: Attendees to this workshop do not need to have traded before to benefit. This is important self-work that will lay the foundation for becoming a profitable trader and better human. For those who are already in the markets, it will offer a unique advantage over others who do not see this type of work as important or necessary.

Q: Should I take this course if I’m not actively trading? Why?

A: The benefit of raising your level of awareness is life changing. Most people are just robots, thinking that their inner map is a reality, and then project that onto the world.

Furthermore, they have a strong need to be right about whatever they believe. When you can give up your need to be right, realize that your map of the world is not reality, and start looking for whether your beliefs are useful, then you can change EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE!


While I know you are going to benefit greatly from attending this workshop, it is ultimately up to you to decide.

However, I can make the decision as easy and risk-free as possible for you. Normally, our full price fee for this systems thinking workshop is $2,995. However, if you sign up today, you can save a FULL $700 off…bringing your investment to just $2,295.

YOUR SATISFACTION IS 100% GUARANTEED

Here at VTI, we believe that our clients are our most valuable asset. And, we want to exceed your expectations with our unconditional 100% guarantee.

Learn about thinking from a systems perspective, meet fellow traders and investors, and interact with me.

If you are not completely satisfied with my workshop by NOON on the second day, you can request a full refund, no questions asked. Just return your workshop notebook to a staff member, and I will happily refund your workshop fee.

At the Van Tharp Institute, we gladly take this risk at almost every workshop we offer, believing that the value we give you far exceeds the cost for you to be here.

With your registration today, you can begin the process of adopting the successful mental states, strategies, and beliefs necessary to use systems thinking to your advantage. And with my true commitment to teaching, you will come away with the tools you need, for trading as well as for life in general, all designed to give you the results you are striving for.

I believe this Systems Thinking Workshop can deliver new insights into both yourself and your trading. With me as your guide, you will leave with a different perspective on new, useful beliefs and discover what is possible for your trading and beyond.

To your success,        

Dr. Van Tharp

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YOUR SATISFACTION IS 100% GUARANTEED

Here at VTI, we believe that our clients are our most valuable asset. And, we want to exceed your expectations with our unconditional 100% guarantee.

Learn about thinking from a systems perspective, meet fellow traders and investors, and interact with me.

If you are not completely satisfied with my workshop by NOON on the second day, you can request a full refund, no questions asked. Just return your workshop notebook to a staff member, and I will happily refund your workshop fee.

At the Van Tharp Institute, we gladly take this risk at almost every workshop we offer, believing that the value we give you far exceeds the cost for you to be here.

With your registration today, you can begin the process of adopting the successful mental states, strategies, and beliefs necessary to use systems thinking to your advantage. And with my true commitment to teaching, you will come away with the tools you need, for trading as well as for life in general, all designed to give you the results you are striving for.

Q and A with Van Tharp:

Q: How can Matrix Thinking help me as a trader?

A: First, this workshop will help you take a big step in raising your level of awareness. Most traders are just acting out of fear and greed with many non-useful beliefs. By raising your awareness, you can move your consciousness from these basal states toward acceptance and beyond. Most importantly, you’ll start to operate from a state of useful beliefs, where the definition of a useful belief for a trader means that it makes you money.

Q: Are there any pre-course requirements?

A: No, but if you want to get a head start on understanding some of the new concepts I will be teaching, you can take some of the free courses offered over at www.complexitylabs.io. I specifically recommend studying The Systems Thinking and Systems Paradigm courses.

Q: Is this an advanced course. Can anyone attend?

A: Yes and Yes. This is a more challenging workshop, but the vast majority of VTI subscribers can understand these concepts. It is designed to get all attendees to consider how their thinking creates their results from a unique point of view, and I will show you how you can deliver a better trading experience by thinking from this perspective.

Q: How much trading experience should I have before attending?

A: Attendees to this workshop do not need to have traded before to benefit. This is important self-work that will lay the foundation for becoming a profitable trader and better human. For those who are already in the markets, it will offer a unique advantage over others who do not see this type of work as important or necessary.

Q: Should I take this course if I’m not actively trading? Why?

A: The benefit of raising your level of awareness is life changing. Most people are just robots, thinking that their inner map is a reality, and then project that onto the world.

Furthermore, they have a strong need to be right about whatever they believe. When you can give up your need to be right, realize that your map of the world is not reality, and start looking for whether your beliefs are useful, then you can change EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE!

What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops


The three-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.; registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m. We suggest that you arrive the evening before the workshop starts. Each course ends at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

Dress is casual.

Attendees of our courses come from literally all parts of the world. You will meet all types of traders from all aspects of trading, as well. Through their casual conversations about trading and investing at these events, we often hear how much attendees learn from each other.

Our courses offer a relaxed, noncompetitive environment in which you will learn some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated trading concepts and strategies available. Our speakers are handpicked by Dr. Tharp for their expertise. They are open, they welcome comments and questions, and they share in Dr. Tharp's philosophy of generously imparting their knowledge.


Materials & Supplies

Most of materials that you need are provided at the workshop. Notebooks are provided for certain workshops. For our more technical workshops, however, we sometimes provide your notes via a flash drive. For these workshops, you will need to bring a laptop. Contact us if you have questions.

If you need to bring a laptop, we will let you know. If you want to bring your laptop regardless, you are welcome to do so. The workshop room has ample electrical outlets (international clients: remember to bring your converters for US outlets). Wireless internet connectivity is available. Note that the Peak Performance workshops do not use tables, so we would recommend not bringing laptops to these workshops.

A community computer and printer are provided for student use which is useful for printing boarding passes or checking your email.

We also provide workshop necessities such as paper pads, notebooks, flash drives when needed, pens, etc.


Course Schedules

Registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m.

The three-day courses begin at 9:00 a.m.

Courses end at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.


Travel

When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

See Travel and Hotels for information about making your travel arrangements. 


What You Should Do Before Attending 


We highly recommend that you read Dr. Tharp's books before attending a workshop. Ideally we'd like to see you come in having read several of them, but at a minimum read the following.

If you are attending any of the Peak Performance workshops, Oneness, or Blueprint for Trading Success, read Trading Beyond the Matrix first.

If you are attending How to Develop A Winning Trading Systems or one of the Systems related workshops (Day Trading, Swing, Forex), read Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom before attending.


Where are the Courses Offered


All workshops (other than international locations) are held in Cary, North Carolina, USA, at the Van Tharp Institute’s on-site workshop facility. (See Hotels and Travel section below for international locations)

Facility Address:

102A Commonwealth Court

Cary, NC 27511

919-466-0043

See Travel and Your Stay in NC for information about making your travel arrangements and hotels.           

Dress in layers. We find that while one person is too warm another is too cool; short sleeves with a jacket or sweater work best for your comfort.

Coffee, beverages, bottled water, and healthy snacks are provided throughout each workshop day. Lunch is not provided on site, but there are several restaurants within walking distance.

Our workshop room has comfortable seating, a large projector screen and a smaller ”smart board” screen. Maximum capacity (with tables) is 30 students, so you will be able to hear and see well from every seat.

We have staff on-site to help you know where to go for lunch, call a cab, give you directions to the mall, and assist you with whatever might arise. 


Hotels for Cary North Carolina


Hotels Near Our NC Workshop Location click here.

Click here to see of list of recommended hotels. Note that the top two hotels have week-day shuttles and Homewood Suites offers weekend service as well.

  • Comfort Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Homewood Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Hampton Inn
  • La Quinta

These four hotels are close together and are where most clients stay. This makes catching rides and after hours dinner plans more convenient. If you are not getting a rental car we strongly advise you stay at one of these four.

If you know other students and wish to share a room, consider the Homewood Suites.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions. Call 919-466-0043.

Click for Hotels Near VTI


Hotel for London, England October 2018


Join us in October at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel situated within minutes of the stylish shopping districts, and within walking distance of the West End Theatres. Each of the 174 bedrooms has an elegant blend of lavish furnishings, marble bathrooms and cutting-edge technology, including flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Book soon to ensure you can stay in the same hotel as the workshops.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

ADDRESS:

9-13 Bloomsbury Street

Nr Covent Garden

London  WC1B 3QD

LAT: 51.5176 LONG: -0.1277

Bedroom Reservations: resbsh@radisson.com

Phone: + 44 (0)20 7636 5601

Use the link below for special rates for Van Tharp Institute Students.

https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/van-tharp-institute

The ultimate blend of luxury and contemporary style.


Car Rental, Airport, Etc. (North Carolina Only)


Book your flight arriving to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Click here for more information about RDU.

Car rentals are recommended.

Click for information about renting a car from RDU airport.

When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

To help determine your arrival and departure times, see What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops.

Click to see a map from location of the top three recommended hotels to VTI.

Click here to see some of the people you may meet during your stay.


About Raleigh/Cary, NC


Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. Cary is a suburb of Raleigh. Other nearby cities include Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is known as the Research Triangle Park (RTP), a globally prominent, high-technology research and development center.

Our strong university system, which includes Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and a number of other area universities/colleges, gives us one of the highest per capita Ph.D. populations in the US.

We are in driving distance of the beach (2-4 hours), the mountains (3-4 hrs), Charlotte (3 hrs), Washington D.C. (5 hrs) and Atlanta (7 hrs). North Carolina beaches and mountains are known for their beauty and are popular vacation spots.

NC is well-known for its golf courses. The world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is only a one hour drive from Cary.

Go to http://www.visitnc.com for fun ideas or go to http://www.visitnc.com/raleigh-durham-the-triangle or http://www.visitraleigh.com/things-to-do/


How to Save $500-$700 and Other Discounts


Early Enrollment Discounts

Most workshops have a $700 early enrollment discount that expires about three weeks before the start of the workshop.

This is our best offer and we encourage all students to take advantage of this pricing!

Check the workshops course list to determine which discounts are offered.

Bring a Friend and You Both Deduct an Additional $200!

If you bring a colleague who is new to Van Tharp Institute (not already a customer or subscriber), you can both deduct another $200 off the price, even if you take advantage of the early enrollment discount offer! (Discount applies to workshops priced at $2,295 or above.)

If using this discount, call to register. The shopping cart registration system does not deduct the "Bring a Friend" discount. Contact us at 800-385-4486 or +1-919-466-0043.

From time to time, special discounts are offered for courses. Back-to-back workshops generally offer an additional discount when attending both.  Check the workshop schedule to learn more.

We always send out notices and reminders regarding dates and special offers to subscribers of our Tharp's Thoughts Newsletter.

Be sure to subscribe if you'd like to get these notifications.             


How to Get a Custom-Designed Workshop


We can tailor a workshop to a topic, to your group size, to your location and more.

Call 800-385-4486 to learn more. As an initial point of reference see Consultations with Dr. Tharp.

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