ANTS, in this case, are Automatic Negative Thoughts or ANT's
and like the six legged kind we find them everywhere.
Six legged ants have been found in the Arctic and even in space craft,
Automatic Negative Thoughts have been found everywhere humans are found, even in the Olympics, boardrooms and battlefields.
Dr. Daniel Amen has done a lot of good work in this field. Here are some highlights:
Automatic Negative Thoughts (Which as a hypnotist I would say come from the Critical Mind) lead to depression, anxiety, low performance and low self esteem.
When left to run free they create negative thought patterns that are self sustaining and harmful.
Question them and challenge them and even if they don't go away they have little effect. You can say, "Oh, that is just a negative thought, not reality."
Here is what he says about ANTs:
"You don't have to believe every stupid thought you have."
We often are in the habit of believing our thoughts. Well, we don't have to if they are stupid.
He also teaches the 18, 40, 60 rule.
When you are 18 you worry about what everyone thinks about you. Peer pressure, opposite sex, etc.
When you are 40 you don't care what anyone things about you. Tired of living your life based on what others think. Too busy and tired to bend yourself into a pretzel to satisfy others. Actually rebelling against the expectations of others after years of living in a box.
When you are 60 you realize no one has ever been thinking about you, they are too busy thinking about themselves and worrying about what they think others are thinking about them.
Clean out some ANTS today and the ones that keep coming back, well they are just ANTS, not anything real.
Scott Hogue CChH
Scott Hogue is a Strategic Life Coach, an Author and a Certified Christian Hypnotist.