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By Daphne Michaels, Special for USADT
As you know, much of success depends on mindset — meaning the degree to which your attitudes and beliefs align with your goals. But there’s another crucial level to mindset that may determine your ability to actually reach those goals.
This level requires you to listen to your inner dialogue and learn to shift your thinking in an instant through what I call the Absolutely Affirmative Thinking Process (AATP). Developing AATP will enable you to catch yourself when you’re literally wasting time and energy getting locked into thoughts that don’t serve you.
And, you’ll become conscious of the biggest statement that keeps you stuck. It starts with this: “I don’t want…” (fill in the blank). Here, the focus is on what you don’t want. But focussing on what you don’t want won’t help you gain clarity about what you do want!
The AATP (Absolutely Affirmative Thinking Process) starts with “I do” rather than “I don’t”, “I can’t” or “I won’t”. While a negative focus such as this can help us in thinking things through, it is best used as a starting point with an intention to move beyond it to discover what will really take you to the success you desire.
Spoiler alert: This may be much more difficult than it sounds! In fact, even some of the most seasoned professionals I’ve worked with over the years find it difficult to shift from “don’t” to “do”.
The Absolutely Affirmative Thinking Process (AATP) — requires venturing into uncharted territory and considering brand new options and possibilities. And this requires us to tap into greater creativity and use a muscle in our mind and heart that may be less developed than our old habitual ways of thinking.
With AATP we will naturally push ourselves in the direction of what’s really important, what matters to most, and what we must do to make these things a reality.
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Daphne Michaels is a leading expert in human potential and author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, Mountaintop Prosperity: Move Quickly to New Heights in Life, Work and Money. She is endorsed by the national media and listed with the top-rated All American Speakers bureau. Daphne is a regular guest offering business advice and expert commentary on The Price of Business and other nationally syndicated BizTalk radio programs.