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ANT Rants

Updated: May 2, 2022

What the heck is an ANT Rant? Guess what folks? You already experienced an ANT and potentially an ANT Rant today. Do not worry about it, we all experience them. You are not alone. Not only have you experienced an ANT, but you also mostly likely have experienced a colony of ANTs. You can go on an ANT Rant first thing waking up. These ANTs are pesky, persistent and predators of your mind. Yes, that is a clue for you. "Predators of your mind". I know you are trying to figure out what the heck I am talking about. Well...I am having so much fun stringing you along. I am kind of creating an ANT RANT by messing with you. Which is fun but not really nice of me. ANT RANTs are not nice, and it is wrong for me to keep you wondering.

ANTs and RANTs - Here is What they Are NOT!

It is not the type of ANTs you may be thinking. It is not you Ranting about the ANT that takes over your picnic table after you placed all the beautiful food out for your picnic. Nor, is it the colony of ANTs that are taking over the crack in your sidewalk. While you hope the colony will fix the crack. AND....No it is not the ANTs that made it to your second story bathroom. These ANTs are certainly adventurists and determined for sure. These and so many other ANTs are not the type of ANTs I am talking about.

Okay, I am going to string you along for a little longer. Just a little!

Before we get started lets sing along to the nursey rhymes that helped so many us start to count our numbers. It was a catchy tune of the melody based on the civil war song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

"The Ants Go Marching"
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah. The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah. The ants go marching one by one, the little one stops to suck his thumb. And they all go marching down, To the ground, to get out of the rain. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
…two…tie her shoe… …three….climb a tree… …four…shut the door… …five…take a dive… …six…pick up sticks… …seven…pray to heaven… …eight…check the gate… …nine…check the time… …ten…say “The End!

As cute as this song is and allows a few of us to walk down memory lane, singing the song with our children. These are not the ANTs I am talking about. And hopefully I shared a song to a few of you to sing with your children. I know for sure I dated myself with this song, like I do with so many things I share with you.


ANTs as pesky as they can be or cute as in the song above. I am talking about the ANTs that take over your mind. One pesky ANT is okay at a picnic or with in our thoughts. It is when the full colony of ANTs show up that we do not take too kindly. They take over the picnic table once you bring out the food.


 


Same thing happens with our minds. The colony of ANTs take over and we experience one negative thought after another negative thoughts and by the time you are aware of what is happening. You have experienced a RANT. Random negative thoughts running the narrative and dialog in your mind.


The ANTs that I am talking about are Automatic Negative Thoughts. Get it....ANT.
The R in RANT stands for Random. But can also stand for Repetitive, Ridiculous, Rambling…etc.

Dose of Honest! I certainly have experienced ANTs and RANTS in the fifty years on this planet. And 99.9% those thoughts were not accurate. They were not true. I spent a great deal of my time and energy allowing RANTs to occur through out my day. From the time I woke up to getting ready for work, at work, about colleagues, people driving their cars…..the list goes on.


Does this sound familiar? I am sure it does. One thing I know for sure after presenting on this topic to thousands of individuals at events and conferences. ANTs do not discriminate. Nope..they do not! No matter the age group, demographics, ethnic backgrounds, rich and poor. ANTs do not discriminate.


Come on! Be honest, have you experienced an ANT RANT. You may be experiencing one right now. Maybe first this moring your ANT RANT help you start your day.


Here is a quote from Ghani. It all starts with a thought. I love this quote and it a good reminder for use to understand that everything starts with a thought. Can it really be that simple? I have asked my self that question over and over to come up with the same answer…YES!


Keep your Thoughts positive, because your Thoughts become your words.
Keep your Words positive, because your Words be become your behavior
Keep you Behavior positive, because your Behavior becomes your Habits
Keep your Habits positive, because your Habits becomes your Values
Keep your Values positive, because your Values becomes your Destiny



It is all about our destiny. And the way things were going for me, my destiny looked bleak. I made the decision to change my thought process. I become the exterminator of my negative thoughts. I investigating them and I am living an ANT free life.


A few tips to overcome, combat or stomp out your ANTs and ANT RANTs. I prefer to STOmP out my ANTs. A cute visual for me to play with the letter as I spell stomp, by emphasizing the letters spelling STOP. I want to stop the automatic negative thoughts.