As you elevate your trading start to increase your powers of observation. You will see things you did not see before because your focus was on something else. One important concept which will help you is to observe the intention of the market.
The intention of the market is not market direction. Market direction is which way the market is heading right now. Pick a direction and ride the wave. Doing that will cause as many losses as wins. That is not the way to trade. There is no strategy or tool available that can reliably predict market direction. The market is an auction of price and both buyers and sellers have to be be losing a majority of the time for the market to exist. This is a function of manipulation. If the market were not manipulated the winners and losers would offset each other and the trading fees and costs would provide the incentive for market makers.
The intention of the market is the process of the market playing out over time and moving in the intended direction in a way that keeps the majority of traders from profiting. It includes the stop runs, bull and bear traps, head fakes, false breakouts, mean reverting algorithmic whipsaws, and enough misdirection to keep even the most experienced traders guessing. That is what the market's job is. Your job as a trader is to understand the job of the market so you can see the intention of the market from a helicopter and figure out a way to participate in the market without constantly bleeding money from your trading account.
Even if you knew exactly where the market was heading next you would still have difficulty profiting due to the way price is being moved and the time it takes to get there. The market is that good. It works as intended.
When you start to break down how markets are structured you will realize that most of the movement happens during the shortest periods of time and the majority of the time there is sideways/ranging activity. This is where most traders enter and exit the market. Making a profit when the market is not moving in one linear direction quickly (trending) is challenging. Smart Money has effective tools it its arsenal. Stop runs, bull and bear traps, and news releases all are easy ways for Smart Money to get traders excited about trading the wrong way and once the majority of traders are positioned the wrong way they move the market against them quickly and efficiently. The sudden burst of movement is over fast and the traders getting in at the beginning and also at the end of the move are being setup. If you want to catch Smart Money's profit release during the big fast move you have to be in the trade either before the big move which means you will have to sit through the stop run, or ideally you have enough experience to wait for the stop run to play out and then get in after the stop run ends and trade against what appears to be the prevailing direction. Or you can continue to trade the sideways chop. It is your choice.
Once you really understand how the market is structured and how you are being trapped you can anticipate these traps because they need to be setup and if you have the experience recognizing the setup you can use this knowledge to stay out of the market when Smart Money is enticing you to trade.