Why Freelancers Need to Kill Their ANTS

Ants crawling on a basedboard

I’m not talking about the little insects that can be a real pain to homeowners and picnickers.

I’m talking about Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs).

Dr. Daniel Amen, psychiatrist and brain enhancement expert, coined that phrase.

It’s when your brain starts predicting bad things, worrying and upsetting you about things that haven’t even happened yet.

ANTs Crawling Around

Just a couple of months ago, I needed to kill some ANTs. I had turned in a proposal and rough draft for a fairly large project to a client. I got a note back from her within two hours, letting me know she got it and she’d review it and get back to me within 48 hours.

She wanted the project to be done by a certain date, and I couldn’t do any more work on it until she agreed with my direction. So I expected to hear back right away.

But then… radio silence. I mean, complete silence.

A week went by with no word from her.

That’s when the ANTs started: “She hates it, and she doesn’t know how to tell me how bad it was”… “She changed her mind about doing the project and forgot to tell me”… “What I gave her isn’t at all what she was expecting, and she’s so disgusted, she’s just ignoring it.”

Step on Those ANTs

Have you ever had those ‘thought trains’ start chugging through your brain?

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Lisa Christoffel

Lisa Christoffel

Lisa is an AWAI-verified online copywriter in the education and training industries, specializing in content marketing and SEO. She spent the first part of her career in global service management at a Fortune 500 company. She uses her experience in customer service as well as her many years volunteering in the public education space to provide her clients with high quality copywriting and content informed by years of experience in the industry.

One Comment

  • Hi Lisa

    Great article. I can definitely relate to those pesky ANT’s!

    Thank you for sharing your experience and advice; it came just when I needed it.


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