The Ants In Our Mind – Mindset Monday


My name is Mike Sherbakov and I am the founder of The Greatness Foundation. I am so excited to be partnering with FitLife today to bring you another Mindset Monday!

Do You Have Ants In Your Mind?

Today, I want to talk to you about the ANTS in your mind.

I know what you’re thinking. “Ew… ants?! What are you talking about?”

The ANTS in your mind are the Automatic Negative Thoughts that come up every single day and take control of your mind… AND for some of you – your life. Whether you realize it or not, you have them. I have them too. We ALL have them to some degree.

You see, on average, you have 60-80 thousand thoughts that run through your head every day. What’s interesting is that about 45 thousand of these are negative thoughts. Shocking, right? What’s even more interesting is that the majority of those 45,000 thoughts are the SAME thoughts you had YESTERDAY.

We are a broken wheel of negativity – UNLESS we decide to change course and pivot.

It’s not hard to tell how this could be damaging. You’ve probably heard this saying before…

Everything begins with your thoughts.

Your thoughts shape your words.

Your words shape your actions.

Your actions shape your character.
Your character shapes your destiny.

Think of it this way – if you are constantly having negative thoughts, what is the outcome of this? What effect does this have on your life, on your destiny?

Look at how your life is RIGHT NOW. Are you where you want to be? I want you to consider the very profound idea that the life you are leading right now is a direct reflection of your thoughts… whether negative OR positive. And the way you are showing up each day.

The Undeniable Power Of Mantras

In every moment, we have the ability to decide what we want to think. Mantras are a powerful tool to help “rewire” our thinking and improve our life.

The direct translation of mantra from sanskrit is “tools for thought” or “tools of the mind”. A mantra is a means by which you can consciously choose the types of thoughts that are running through your mind.

So instead of these negative thoughts that are saying “I’m not good enough… I’m not strong enough… I’m not capable… I’m not enough” you can fill your mind with a self-empowering mantra.

When life gets really tough, I like to tell people to go somewhere that they can reset. The ocean, the mountains, a lake or another calming place in nature. Find a place that you can detach from the world and stretch, do yoga, or just sit quietly and cleanse.

When you are in this space, you can wash away all the ants that are running in your mind. These negative thoughts may seem hard to let go of, but you’ve got to realize they are not doing you ANY favors! These ants are not even YOU. They are programming, they are voices from your past, the are false beliefs and misgivings about reality.


I challenge you to introduce a new mantra into your life. Some examples of simple yet powerful mantras include:

I am strong.

I am confident.

I am enough.

Notice what happens when you wipe away the ants and you introduce the empowering thoughts. Notice how it starts to shape your character and who you become.

When you recognize an ANT entering your mind, stop. Breathe. Replace it with your mantra. Repeat it many times if necessary. I promise you that this simple practice, when practiced daily, will absolutely change your life.

Remember, we’re in this together.

About Mike:

Social entrepreneur. Passionate philanthropist. Life enthusiast. Learning the importance of integrity, honor and hard work during his time on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, Mike is the founder of The Greatness Foundation with the mission to positively impact one billion lives. He holds degrees in kinesiology and psychology, as well as advanced certifications in fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and yoga. Mike has worked with thousands of clients in a variety of settings. Working closely with companies like Fitbit, Equinox and lululemon athletica, Mike is established as an expert and leader in the community. He is the founder of several consciously driven businesses and passionately pursues philanthropic efforts in different areas around the world.

Connect with Mike:

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