Are You Thinking Above the Line? 7 Easy Steps to Start.

Lemonade  Think, Believe, Do, Adapt, Overcome and Love Your Way to a Better Life

The concept of “above the line” thinking is part of almost every personal and professional growth model.  It is an accountability model.  Below the line thinkers make excuses, blame others, cause confusion and have “an attitude of helplessness.”[1]  With above-the-line thinkers, “we find a sense of reality, ownership, commitment, [problem solving] and determined action.”[2]

Our clinic, as a team, went to a few seminars to help us focus on positive thinking. Surrounding our patients with an atmosphere that is both healing and positive is one of our missions. One of the biggest takeaways was the power of positive thinking. Positive thinking is part of the above-the-line model.  Above the line thinking involves having an optimistic outlook. The opposite would be “below the line” thinking. These types of thinkers have a limited view on the world. I am going to share some tips and tricks I have learned through my experience and attendance at these seminars.

7 ways to start thinking above the line

  1. Avoid “below the line” thinking[3] such as:
  • Everything is happening to you, feeling victimized
  • Constantly blaming others for your situation
  • Allowing yourself to become overwhelmed
  • Reacting to situation in an irrational, impulsive way

2. LOVE everyone.

3.  Lemons make tasty lemonade!

  • Make the best of every situation.
  • Maintain an optimistic outlook[4] especially through the hard times.
  • Talk about it; you are not alone. Find someone who can relate to your situation and talk it out.

4.  Take Action.

5.  Listen.

  • Always follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to listening to other, no matter with whom you are conversing.

6.  Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. (I know this is the unofficial slogan for the U.S. Marines but it is great advice).

  • Go with the flow.
  • Allow life to happen, do not limit your experiences.
  • Be flexible and understanding.

7.  Have a mission and purpose in life.

  • Don’t wander aimlessly through life.
  • Set achievable and realistic goals for yourself.
  • Congratulate or reward your success.
  • Prioritize your day, week, month, and year(s).
  • Be ambitious.
  • Trust your instincts; believe in yourself without fail!

The best investment you will ever make is investing in yourself. “Successful people don’t wait – they spend money, time, and effort on their own growth because they know without a doubt it will pay off – for themselves and everyone around them.”[5]

We are human and creatures of habit. However, we have the power to turn our habits into ones that embrace positive thinking and an optimistic attitude towards life and others.  (Click to Tweet). We can think above the line!  Click here for a great blog and chart to help remind you every day of how to think above the line.

Can you identify any below the line thinking in your life? How can you apply above the line thinking techniques to help you live happier and healthier?

Missty Klinger
April 29, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

[2] Id.
[5] Kuhn, R. DC. (2012). Return to Health: overcoming the unimaginable and beating the odds.  Visit Dr. Kuhn’s website to learn more:

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