Ants, how harmful can these tiny little insects really be? Just ask someone who has been bitten by a fire ant, named after the fire-like pain they leave with even a single bite. These seemingly tiny creatures pack a punch and have the potential to kill small animals and even humans who may be attacked by an army of these nasty ants. So you may be wondering why I am talking about insects here. Well just consider this, what if

ants represent the Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) that we think about ourselves everyday? Think about it – what does that chatter that goes on in your head say about you day in and day out? Does it call you names? “You are such an idiot!” Does it shame you? “You are a sorry excuse for a person!” Does it condemn you for things you do or don’t do? “Only a moron would have done that!” ANTs can inflict the same pain and suffering on our minds as the fire ant can on our bodies, a toxic, stinging feeling that continually threatens our health. During a trip to the Amazon, our guide told the story of an ancient tribal practice of using the fire ants to torture people to death. Captors would tie their prisoner to a tree with a fire ant nest at the base of the tree and let the ants slowly kill the person, one bite at a time. Think about the number of times in a day that we let our ANTs inflict pain on our minds, one negative thought at a time, essentially torturing ourselves. Our ANTs bring us down and do not let us rise up to meet the challenges of everyday life. When you hear these nasty ANTs invading your mind, here are some ANT killers for you to use. Challenge them by asking yourself;


1. Is this thought true?
2. Do I have proof that it is true?
3. How do I feel when I believe this thought?
4. How would I feel if I didn’t believe this thought?


Remember, these ANTs have made their home in our heads and need to be challenged over and over again in order to be exterminated!


Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits


Carleen Desautels