It may seem counter-intuitive, but Jim Cramer says this strategy should serve you well.
That is, when the stock market feels horrible, resist the urge to sell.
The "Mad Money" host believes success in the market involves strategic timing and selling into weakness is anything but strategic.
That's especially true when an unexpected catalyst emerges suddenly and sends the market into a selling tizzy. "Your instincts will be telling you to panic, to run for cover" said Cramer.
However, history shows that most of the time your instincts would be dead wrong.
Looking at some of the worst developments that sent stocks tumbling in recent years, sellers ultimately regretted their decision.
"Whether the Fiscal Cliff, the sequestration scare, the US bond downgrade, the debt ceiling debacle, the Japanese nuclear crisis, or the Flash Crash, in each and every instance selling was wrong," Cramer said.