It is smart to have an idea where the stock has the potential to go. This is the basis of the reward part of a risk/reward ratio. Yet, remember that a price objective is just there as a guide to help us decide if taking a position is justified. Once we actually enter the trade, we have only one job and that is to manage risk! There is an often mentioned phrase that “winners take care of themselves” and to a degree that is true, but we cannot sit idly waiting for our target to be reached and fail to lock in profits or to let a winner turn into a loser. The market does not care where we think it should go, it is going to do whatever it does. We need to listen objectively to price action and adjust our position size and stops according to that message.