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Dec 05, 2016

Toolkit for Transformation: What if UP?

As we near the end of 2016 and wonder what the next year will bring, we have an opportunity to be more intentional about what we’re focusing on. Because of the way our brains are wired, it’s easy to focus on what’s wrong or what’s about to go wrong. It takes effort and conscious intention to shift into thinking (and perhaps believing) that events or situations COULD turn out differently – better, even! – than we initially imagine.

The Toolkit for Transformation tool for this week is “What if UP?”. It’s adapted from a book by Mindy Audlin, What If It All Goes Right?

"What if UP?"

What if, instead of thinking about and wondering what would happen if something doesn't work out for you, you ask yourself, "What if up?"

"What if up?" invites you to begin to imagine what might happen if things go in your favor. 

"What if this is the best thing that could happen for me?"

"What if this changes my life from here forward?"

"What if this is a pivotal point in my life?"

"What if this is the greatest idea ever?"

"What if this is the best investment I could make in my life?"

Notice how your energy shifts as you engage you imagination in a way that serves you instead of limits you.  

What if your next step is really easy?!


Have you begun to create your own “Toolkit” yet?

Take a little time to make your own “Toolkit for Transformation” so you remember to use these helpful strategies in times of trouble. Write a reminder note to yourself and put it in your phone, the dashboard of your car, or on the side of your computer screen. If you practice when you’re NOT under stress, it becomes easier to remember when you ARE!

Each week, this blog presents a simple-to-use tool for you to use. My post will highlight a tool or strategy from a variety of psychological, spiritual, energy-based, complementary, and integrative approaches.

Try them!

The strategies this blog describes could help you change your negative energy into positive or shift your self-defeating thoughts into ones that support you better. The tools have been tested by many of my clients – as well as myself – helping them to manage and transform difficult the feelings, concerns, and situations that you may also be facing. 

Practice, Practice, Practice

Know that it may take several tries – practice – before you feel a huge shift, but keep at it! You might find changing just one thing in how you approach a challenge in your life brings at least some relief.
Suzan K. Thompson, Ph.D. is a licensed professional counselor with over 30 years experience. She helps adults learn practical tools and strategies to manage anxiety, depression and trauma. For more tools please visit:



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