“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you all never go any higher than you think.” -Benjamin Disraeli

In Step 2 of Riccoti’s book we explore the common thoughts we have and how they can range on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being quite the negative thought and 10 being great and positive. This is called the feeling barometer.

To explore the feeling barometer in terms of our life’s most prized areas Riccoti suggests visually rating these areas from 1-10, with 1 being the most negative and 10 being the most positive. My chart is featured below.


I am nowhere near where I wannabe. That’s okay because I know I am on a path to getting closer to positivity.

The next step is to focus on the areas that received low negative scores and ask ourselves what will it take to improve these areas.


In the latter of step 2 Riccoti encourages us to recognize the inner saboteur. This is the voice that tells me I cannot do something, I cannot be someone, or I cannot have something. This voice is nothing but fear. Realize that the voice is you.

A suggestion I got from another book (can’t recall the title or author) on how to deal with the inner saboteur:

This inner saboteur is me. It is me as a child. I will… Make friends with it. Be BFFs with it. Talk to it like I would a child. Encourage it like I would a child. Call it silly. Make it laugh. Cheer for it. Soothe it. Give it a boost of confidence. Show it what possibility is. Help it achieve. Give it a helping hand. Help it realize it is able to do anything it wants. Reward it. Love it. See it grow for the better.


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