Jennifer Keitt, Chief Empowerment Officer





Happy New Year! I hope and pray that 2017 is off to a dynamic start for you and your loved ones.

As I ended last year I spent time reflecting and came to the realization that my thinking was WAY out of whack! It wasn’t until taking extended time off that I was even able to see that I had developed some serious negative thinking that was doing it’s best to totally derail me inwardly. I didn’t notice how much I was complaining and criticizing and being a total negative-nelly! I was startled to discover that even when helping and empowering others, if I fail to strictly guard my own thought-life, I too could fall into the negativity trap. Well, you don’t have to show me but one time and I got on it to fix it, pronto.

And I would like for you to consider joining me.

I started with acknowledging that I had allowed too many seemingly benign negative thoughts to run loose in my mind. You know the benign kind of opinionated thoughts that we think daily: “that’s stupid,” “he is on my last nerve,” “why can’t they get their act together…” “I’m tired of this @#$%...” I call these benign because they are based in our personal opinion and we often don’t think that they are “negative.” After all (we think) it’s just how I feel. But what these benign thoughts do is slyly open cracks to allow other more critical, negative thinking in. We begin to feel “justified” in our opinion, and then we move to feeling “self-righteous” in our thinking. From there it’s a slippery slope into full blown critical, negative thinking.

I can’t tell you the day it began to happen, but I can say that by the end of 2016, my thinking needed a complete and permanent overhaul.

And as fate would have it, the first article of the year that popped up in my email was entitled: THE YEAR OF CONQUERING NEGATIVE THINKING! (Isn’t God awesome!) And the words DISRUPT NEGATIVE THINKING jumped out at me in that New York Times article. I had already adjusted and began doing the work of detoxing my mind, but when I saw the words “disrupt negative thinking” it hit me like a ton of bricks. I can’t afford to softly or quietly tame the negativity that seeks to destroy me and my life . . .  I’ve got to get real, violent, and disrupt—turning on its head—ALL negative thinking in my life. And this year, I’m going to do it!

Will you join me?

To disrupt something means to drastically alter or destroy the structure of something. Did you read that? To DRASTICALLY ALTER or DESTROY THE STRUCTURE of something. Whew! That means that disruption is messy. Disruption isn’t for those who are complacent or content with what’s been swimming around in their heads. I want my thoughts drastically altered to see success, empowerment and large living. I want to totally destroy thoughts of can’t or won’t or don’t . . . I don’t want my thinking to remain the same for this year and for years to come.

I hope you don’t either.

Let the disruption begin! 

The first step in disrupting negative thinking is: acknowledging that your thinking stinks. The article that I read said, “by acknowledging your negative cycle, you are on your way to taming you negative thoughts.” Yes! That’s what we want.