Ever noticed how your mental currency is pretty much spent by the end of the work day? Evening words dwindle to almost necessity, and thoughts scramble at any effort to assemble them Next thing you know, the alarm clock rings the following morning, and presto, the mental bank account is near full once again. Why does the mental energy dwindle so quickly? One reason are the insanely self-destructive stories we allow into our minds about basic things, such as: How badly the meeting went… Will the presentation fail? Do I have relevancy? Am I good enough? Is this the right approach? Do they like me? Is the end near? and other variations of self-infliction. What’s worse is the mental equity that we lose in the process. The discipline of re-engineering our thought life to serve us rather than unnerve us begins with math, meaning it takes far less time to invent strategy, integrate planning, captivate a positive viewpoint than it does to multiply the garbage created by a mind unwilling to renegotiate thoughts. It may sound sophomoric, but as thoughts enter in that you’d rather be without, hold them still for a moment, and say “Not so fast, let’s have a little chat before you go any further.” This is the process of changing the conversation we have with ourselves and it is as tactical as it is practical and it will provide enough mental bandwidth for a fully-energized day, without the half-energized drain-down toward the end.