The Guest Blogger Contest Winner Is…

Written By | General, Personal Success | May 23rd, 2011 | 16 Comments »

and the winner is
Congratulations to Jaki Bent and her winning blog post entry “ANTs – v – CATs”

ANTs – v – CATs

by: Jaki Bent

Ants versus Cats? ~ Personal Development? ~ Is there a connection? ~ What is the connection?

There is one, I promise.

A few questions first ~

Would you wear the same clothes that you wore when you were 2 or 16 years old?
Would you watch the same programs that you loved when you 10?
Would you spend your money on the same things you did when you were 8?
Would you make a meal from last year’s leftovers?

If your answers were “No”, then you are like many of my clients, friends and colleagues. You may now be wondering, what is the relevance of my questions in relation to Ants, Cats and Personal Development.

A little detour first. Everything in life is based upon how we think. These thoughts create associated feelings and emotions, which in turn ripple out into every area of life.

Through my work as a Trainer and more recently as a Researcher into Releasing Emotional Baggage I have met thousands of people who are living their lives based on old outdated thoughts and perceptions from their past. Which is a bit like trying to wear the same clothes that you wore when you were five years old, or making a meal from last year’s leftovers! Neither would make you very comfortable nor be very pleasant. None of us would do any of those through choice, yet millions of us are living our lives in this way, by basing our lives on outdated thoughts and perceptions.

Are you one of them? I know I was!

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ~

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Research by Dr Daniel Amen shows that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. That is one thought every second during every waking hour! (Just for reference there are 86,400 seconds in a day). Of those 60,000 thoughts 95% of them are the same thoughts that we had yesterday and the day before, and the day before that. Our minds are like a stuck record, repeating the same song over and over again (what if you don’t like that song?).

To delve into those figures a little deeper; of those 95% of thoughts that are the same as yesterday and the day before that and the day before that – 80% are negative! So out of 60,000 thoughts each day more than 45,000 of them are negative! Dr Amen calls those thoughts Automatic Negative Thoughts or ANT’s for short (Ah we have found the Ants).

Did you also know that in an average dictionary (just over 30,000 words) there are only 1705 words that can be interpreted to be positive, strong, powerful, or stimulating? That is just over 5% of the words available to use. Yet in the same dictionary there are 5890 words that can be seen as negative, disempowering, belittling, sniping, griping or critical!

It is no wonder that it is easier, for so many of us, to get stuck in the “rut” of life that we know – even though it is often uncomfortable and unfulfilling. (Think back to that quote by Einstein about insanity)

Now back to the Ants and Cats. I don’t know about you but I didn’t like the thought of all of those ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) running round in my head. So I set out to find a means of removing them in an organic and healthy way. In the process of my research I discovered CATs – Capability Affirming Thoughts, in other words ‘positive thoughts’.

The CATs led to the creation of a 15 second visualization that can be used again and again, anywhere at any time. This one simple staple ‘ingredient’ quite literally has changed not only my life, but the lives of countless clients.

The Visualization

Imagine a kitten (yep – that’s the CAT), small, fluffy and full of playfulness. It sees an ANT crawling along the floor. (I’m not into animal/insect cruelty, I promise). What will the kitten do? It will play with the ANT until the ANT is gone.

When to use the Visualization – Each time you catch yourself having one of those sneaky little ANTs, congratulate yourself for being aware, then think of the fluffy Kitten playing with the ANT until it is gone.” Just like magic you are smiling, the ANT has gone and you are breaking the chain of those repetitive thoughts :)))

ANTs & CATs are a key step to releasing and letting go of The Emotional Baggage that can weigh down your life.

The Emotional Baggage Equation

Let Go
(Letting go of Emotional Baggage)
Live Free
(Learning to Live Free)
Loving Life

Let Go ~ Live Free ~ Love Life

Your Life ~ Your Way ~ In Gratitude ~

To learn more about Jaki Bent and how she is “paying it forward” click here: “If Everyone Cares”

About Brian Tracy – Brian Tracy is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on google+, facebook, and twitter.


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  1. Ali says on August 8, 2012 at 11:42 am:

    its just cool

  2. Vukani Nxumalo says on October 20, 2011 at 6:48 am:

    I’ve heard of Cats and Dogs, but never CATs and ANTs; truly unique. I love the metaphors and use of imagery. Well deserved.

  3. Keyaan says on September 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm:

    Unparalleled accuracy, unequivocal clarity, and udennialbe importance!

  4. Nicodemus N. Ibanga says on August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am:

    A big congrat to you Jaki, you quite deserves it. Bravo!

  5. myke o neill says on July 17, 2011 at 2:49 am:

    ‘Stop the world I want to get off’.
    95% negative thoughts is bad enough but the idea that most of them are the same negative thoughts from yesterday and the day before that, ad infinitum.
    It doesn’t bear thinking about, OUCH…more negative thoughts.
    I have now adopted a fluffy little cat whose name is ‘Ant-eater’.
    Excellent article.

  6. Jaki says on June 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm:

    Hi Caroline – Thanks for some amazing questions in your response, I would love to be able to contact you to go through them – if you see this – pop over to my facebook page –
    Have a great day :)
    In Gratitude – Jaki :)

  7. Caroline Benton says on June 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm:

    Interesting and scary statistics about the number of negative thoughts running through ones mind. Congratulations on your win! Just stumbled across this blog trying to figure out if Brian Tracy is in remission with cancer and read your blog. I have questions about the positive thoughts or affirmations. What if the truth of ones life and circumstances are really negative such as they really are broke and live in a constant emotional negative situation. How can stating affirmations like “I am a millionaire”, “I am a positive thinker and speaker”, or “I will have a better life experience” truly help when the reality is not this truth at all? In order to succeed on all cylinders (Health, Spiritual, Financially, Family, ect..) doesn’t one need an edge or support in order to make these click together? Or does one have to create this inside all on their own? In particulate, money being the chief of all tools? It takes money to get ahead in life, to create better health and have greater relationships, and is the dividing factor between the “haves and have nots” in society. Poverty is plenty in every country. I’m curious to who can think positive and quote positive affirmations to get themselves out of not having money and change their life circumstances. What components are needed to set realistic goals and how can one truly be accurate in their assessments of time needed to succeed if they have never experienced what the world considers “successful”? Your blog is very insightful and encouraging though! :) I see why you won!

  8. Jill Greenbaum says on May 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm:

    I LOVE it! I saw it all in my mind’s eye.

    Chat soon!

  9. Archan Mehta says on May 29, 2011 at 4:16 am:


    Thank you for contributing this guest post and for winning the contest.

    Yes, a lot of people live in the past and are victims of negative self-talk.

    It is like a broken record and does not allow them to move forward.

    However, that can be replaced by positive affirmations through meditation, yoga and creative vizualisations–so there is hope.

    Cultivating moment to moment awareness and living in the present moment is the way to move forward, but it is a difficult pill to swallow. Cheerio.

  10. Roohul Haq says on May 25, 2011 at 12:00 am:

    Terrific ! Congratulations …for the simplicity of reaffirmimg the way we think ! and how to go about snuffing those negative thoughts

  11. Nathan Smith says on May 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm:

    Congratulations! Well deserved and 1 that I will remember.

  12. Shirley says on May 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm:

    Congratulations Jaki, a very visual and inspiring way of changing your life. I like it and I’ll use it and I’ll pass it on. Well done



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