Just how important do you think your thinking is?

~ Your mindset guarantees your success or failure in all you do ~ Andy Shaw


Can you imagine that… You can choose completely how you feel always…

So allowing frustration, depression, stress, anger to remain is merely an unconscious choice…

Imagine if you worked on and protected your mindset then you can choose to rid your life of all these sorts of nasties…

What do you think that will do for your progress and overall enjoyment in life…


Today I’d like to share another Footstep from the upcoming course with you.

In today’s Footstep Through Your Mind I want to raise your level of consciousness regarding your mindset… You will probably know a lot of this already, and I mean know it intellectually very well…

But when you grasp on the subtle level just how important your mindset is, then everything changes and you can begin to master life and no longer be beaten up by it.

So today I’m going to really make you think…

And if I do this well then what you discover today will unlock your mind to the limitless possibilities you are truly capable of…

This won’t take long… And it should really make your day 🙂


What do you think is the most important thing in your life?

Perhaps your family, your partner, your children, your career, your health, maybe your business, or perhaps your education?

Or maybe something else?

Take a moment and see if you can decide what you think it is…

There’s no wrong answer…



So let’s say it’s any of the above…

If you didn’t say that the most important thing in your life was your mindset, then you answered incorrectly…

Yes I misled you, there was a right answer 🙂

Your mindset comes first…

Before everything… Even your children!

As without it, you’ve got nothing and you enter a downward spiral…




How you think is the beginning of everything.

It has resulted in ALL you have already achieved in life.

If you have children that love you, it is because your mindset was working well.
If you are actively pursuing health then it’s thanks to your mindset towards it.
If you are a success in business then it is because you have your mindset right on it.
If you are a success in sales then it is because you have your mindset right on it.
If you are a success in your job then it is because you have your mindset right on it.
If you are a success in your relationship then it is because you have your mindset right on it.

I could go on and prove that everything is mindset… But simply understand this…

Nothing happens without a thought.

But the quality of your thoughts define your results. So therefore due care and attention to the quality of your thoughts is essential for your growth.




Nothing stands still remember, so if you are not growing you are dying.

Consider this, if you can control your thinking in any and all areas of life then you are a true master of life…



So what does that mean?

Lao Tzu wrote this over 2,500 years ago (long before the internet… I consider myself a cheat compared to that guy):

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.

If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.


There it was the cure for anxiety and depression clearly laid out in three short sentences…

We all agree that what he says is right, so why can’t people just choose to no longer be depressed or angry?

Simple, there is no structure to human thinking.

Simply add a ‘simple structure’ and it works and you can choose to no longer be depressed.

Despite what your ego is probably trying to tell you… After all popular opinion is that depression is something that must be fought to overcome… If you could simply choose to not be depressed, then surely everyone would do that…




The trouble is Lao Tzu shared what to think, he said stop living in the past and future, just live in the present and you’ll be free of those ailments. He didn’t share how to live to that!

So what does this mean…

We know the answer! …And therefore according to the way the whole world is educated then knowing the answer should equal solving the problem…

But it doesn’t… Does it?

It doesn’t because as we have already covered, intellectually knowing an answer is useless, and probably destructive to our progress in life.

It also doesn’t work because without structure then what to think knowledge goes into the mind and is of no use, and probably destructive to a persons progress and enjoyment of life.

Without any structure then there’s nothing for us to apply. It has not been made simple enough for us to use… It has not been explained well enough… What to think will probably not help us and probably hurt us until we know how to think.

Our mindset may manage to beat depression or anxiety, or much more likely it may not…

But this is just down to chance…. Winning life’s lottery as I did by chance.

As I will repeat to you often (on purpose), the reason we as people struggle is we have not been taught how to think, just what to think.


So our mindset success is reliant on any number of multiple chances all lining up…

Our success therefore is like balancing rocks…Unlikely and unstable at best…

If we succeed… Then by chance and the cumulative life experiences having fallen into place it worked. The actual figures show less than 1% of people succeed, so this feels about right…

The odds are stacked firmly in the favour of human failure, not success…

How do you feel about that…




This means it’s likely that one or more thing didn’t align and so it didn’t work. There was no structure to our thinking, so it randomly worked, or most likely failed…

We end up not understanding what the problem is, so for lack of a better idea choose to apply more what to think information in ‘hoping’ that this new bit of information… ‘may just be the missing piece.’

This feeds perfectly into our egos plan for us, which is keeping us safe by keeping us stuck in life…

I repeat this on purpose as most of us need to see something multiple times before it sinks in… If you’ve got it then you don’t mind the repeat as you are grateful you’ve got it.

If you find this annoying then the chances are you haven’t got it, BUT you think you have… So you may wish to just consider this alone today…




The truth is without structure to your thinking, then you cannot stop living in the past or worrying or being afraid of the future.

Lao Tzu kept his natural structured thinking most people do not!

But it can be learnt as I’ve demonstrated to you over the last few weeks. This was entirely the point of creating Saltori Structured Thinking.

People make monumental effort to get over things like, abuse, bad results, previous failures, bad relationships.

excess-baggage-2All of them hold people back and they try and succeed whilst carrying this very heavy baggage.

They have to apply monumental effort as they have no Structured Thinking to take the load off for them.

So they attempt to succeed in life whilst carrying their entire lifetime of baggage.

They notice their baggage and attempt to fix it by thinking the things they read will work for them, e.g. feel the fear and do it anyway…

They think that it takes massive sustained effort to achieve something.

Nope, it’s just they’re doing it wrong…

Because they are not working on the key leverage point to it all… Their mindset.

The funny thing is that…


With structured thinking, then it actually becomes harder to carry mental baggage than to not carry it…

So it takes no effort at all with structured thinking and monumental effort without it.



Do you see why one way works and the other is dooming the individual to a lifetime of suffering with depression, anxiety, stress, fear, overwhelm, regret…



But if you have Structured Thinking then there is no pain, and as Buddha said it is, “an end to suffering.”

That is what Structured Thinking is all about, ending suffering and freeing your true potential.



What I’d like you to consider today in your journey through your mind is this…

As everything happens to you, just imagine you were able to not get annoyed, not get stressed, not get anxious, not be afraid, not be dissatisfied, not be depressed…

As anything comes up, even if it’s only something tiny and annoying, maybe your journey to work…

Just imagine if it was IMPOSSIBLE for you to stay being annoyed by it…

Not that you had to put any effort into it, just that it was IMPOSSIBLE to stay angry, or stay being depressed… That it was easier to be happy, easier to be confident, easier to be content, easier to be satisfied…

Then when you consider that and begin to see it as a potential reality… Then consider this…

All those annoyances hindering you in life are holding you back. So all the progress you are making in your life is with you still carrying them…

excess-baggage-2Do you think you would progress faster without them than with them…

Don’t answer with a yes or no, feel your answer…

Feel what it would feel like to have an end to suffering…

Feel what it would feel like to move forward without any baggage…

Then spend the day thinking about this, and I bet tomorrow morning you will be feeling somewhat different…

If you feel like it then let me know how you feel below…

The other thing I’d like you to do today is to read or listen to 5 to 15 minutes of the process… Not too much, just a little… You do what feels right for you and what makes you feel good.

(You can get the free sections here if you don’t yet have them)

One last thing to consider today as it may really sink in if you do… Just how important is my thinking…

I’ll be back with more footsteps soon.


Best wishes,


P.S. Two quick things…

1) I’ve been asked what this means:


All it means is there is a break and it indicates a time I suggest you consider what you just read.

We are taught to consume knowledge faster and faster, this is almost totally useless unless researching for a specific thing, which you are not doing here.

When you are attempting to grow and raise your consciousness, the way to do it is to absorb a point, then consider it and it allows the neural pathways in your mind time to adapt to the new way of thinking.

This enables all sorts of things to happen regarding making what you want to happen easy rather than hard.

2) Look out for an email from me next week regarding a Livecast on Discovering Happiness… I don’t do many Livecast’s and people really enjoy them, so you may find it rewarding 🙂


23 thoughts on “Just how important do you think your thinking is?

  1. stuart kennedy says:

    Hello Andy,
    I’d just like to say that all you are doing is most helpful to myself and anyone willing to take the time to absorb and practice what you are generously teaching. I’ve recently ordered both your books and just waiting for their arrival so in the meantime I read your very helpful lessons.
    Thank you
    Stu in Winnipeg, Canada

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Thank you Stuart, plenty more to come yet 🙂

  2. Kathryn says:

    I just love reading these and have been trying to soak it all in an apply the information ! It has really helped my mind set! Clearing my mind has not been easy but I am using your suggestions daily and can tell they are helping!

    1. Andy Shaw says:


  3. anthony alderson says:

    How can you discover Happiness ? I thought it was a state of mind.Look over there is Happiness lets run & catch it.

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Hi Anthony,

      It is what you think it is. Most people live their lives not noticing happiness can be with them whenever they choose, even in some of their darkest moments. The discovery in my opinion is when a person realises that happiness is what they are after behind all things they want, and then realises that 1) they can be happy now, and 2) to get the other things they want, they must first become/discover they can and have to be happy now.

      Best wishes,


  4. Rudi says:

    Everything I just read is absolutely true in it’s entirety.
    I have always had a calm and collected personality, and was beginning to think something was wrong with me! Until the realisation, people are confused in your tranquillity and actually becomes fearful of you, because they simply cannot understand or experienced that kind of individuality.
    It’s elucidating to be shown the interlacing of mindset, consciousness and intellect and how this all goes to spring growth to your thoughts.

  5. Erika says:

    Yes, thank you. A live podcast would be great. Hoping I can attend. I am leaving my current job and leaving the state. Looking for a fresh start to a different life for me. Have enjoyed all the info and still working on “still mind”

  6. Tami says:

    Hi Andy. Great concepts and extremely helpful to glean from and use to create a healthier mindset.
    Whatever the issue is (stuck in the past, or anxious of future, etc) thanks for teaching me I have a choice in how I think about it. Have a great day.

  7. Neil says:

    Hi Andy, on my second study of Book one, and am truly grateful for these articles you are sending, Choosing to feel
    good now …and …choosing to be happy now are things I am working on, and this article has been very helpful.
    i am 83 years young, and only wish that what you are offering was not available years ago…..but in saying that, I am of course most grateful for the present and accepting things as they are. Neil

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Hi Neil,

      Fully understood 🙂 Thank you.

  8. Eric says:

    Sounds great, makes sense, and so do many things I’ve read over the years. Either way flat broke and cannot afford it so don’t know if it would work or not.

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Hi Eric,

      You hit the nail on the head – ‘don’t know if it would work or not’

      Nothing wrong with knowing you know that. What’s wrong is making a premature judgement before you do. That’s what your ego is using to distract you from what your subconscious mind has delivered. Why not instead consider, a few things. I don’t know if it will help or not, so is it logical to decide before I do…

      If you can hold just that thought for a while then the barriers you are currently facing will begin to shift.

      As for buying something, well if I can’t teach you for free how to manifest out of fresh air the money to buy the smallest way into this process, then I’m not much of a teacher am I, and you should then decide that it doesn’t work… But that is not yet, unless of course you think it is… Because whatever you think is right, is right.

      Best wishes,


      1. SaraBrittlegill says:

        I have to say, I felt almost the same as you when I first read about Andy’s programme. The slight difference was, I actually saw how this might work. Just a chink! So I did an experiment. I carefully track my money so I knew everything was spoken for for a while. So I asked ‘the universe’ to deliver the cash for me to buy the first book.
        The strangest thing happened. 3 days later (I had by now almost forgotten what I had asked for) I received an email from my employer saying my suggestion had won £20 in their reward scheme. That was £20 I wasn’t expecting. Still not enough to cover the cost of the book though. Then, all over the news was that petrol prices were going down. I did a quick calculation and worked out that in one month I would have saved enough money to add to my ‘prize’ and buy Andy’s first book (Creating a Bug Free Mind).
        I bought the book. It was worth it, absolutely. My journey has been amazing. I trust that yours will be too.

        1. Andy Shaw says:

          Brilliant 🙂

  9. Pam Furno says:

    Thank you, ,thank you and thank you.

  10. Naneth says:

    Blessed day Andy, thank you so much for all the emails it’s really help a lot in improving my thinking, I never have a chance to buy any books because of some circumstances. But through following your mails it can help. Thanks and God bless

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      You are welcome 🙂

  11. Someone says:

    An open-ended answer.

  12. Shelly says:

    My situation is my spouse always putting me down over 20 yrs of him talking me down has took away any self worth or self confidence I had! My mind eats on me in a deep way! He Never puts any positive comments back in me so I only get n hear Only negative remarks. He Never tries 2 bring out the good in me!! Iv lost any structure of thinking for sure! Can u advise me?!

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Hi Shelley,

      I can, but your ego will be counter attacking my every word. So please understand that as you read this.

      Basically, your husband has beaten you up mentally through a process of attrition. Because you had no adequate defence to it when the attacks begun because you had never been taught to need a defence, they were slow at first and seeped further into you. This was unfortunately allowed by you accepting them some or most of the time. But this is not you being at fault, please understand you are not at fault. And take a moment to consider that until you can accept that it is not your fault.

      Just because there was things you could’ve done differently does not mean you are at fault. There is absolutely no need, or benefit in judging yourself. Where there is need is in accepting that there are things you can do differently. Your ego will probably be telling you to accept the situation and it’s not so bad, and you can handle it. It probably told you that sort of thing right from the start.

      Because you did not know you had an ability to not have to accept this, you allowed your husbands unconscious actions to take up space in your mind. Which again, is not your fault. The fact that you are here asking this question is just one of many, many reasons to be delighted with yourself.

      I can tell you how to reverse the situation, however, you have been psychologically conditioned for decades so this conditioning will take time, patience, and a level of persistence to remove. However, it is totally possible for you to not be affected anymore by your husbands unconscious egoic talking.

      Your mind is your domain, it is all powerful and you can choose what you allow into your mind. You cannot choose it right now, as you have unconsciously allowed yourself to be damaged by your husband and your ego. So you need to repair this and put some thinking structures in place so that when your husband puts you down you find it funny, or you find it is nothing to you.

      This may sound like an insurmountable challenge from your current position, and I won’t lie to you, there will be times as you are working on getting to that point that your ego will almost convince you that you cannot make it. However, if you decide to go on that journey then you will make it, if you ‘just keep going’.

      I am the controller of my mind, I choose which thoughts are allowed to stay, and I notice which thoughts are attempting to harm me. Because I can do this, no one can affect me, unless I let them. You can learn to do this too, tens of thousands of my students have learnt this skill and come back from all sorts of problems. You can even be a light that demonstrates to your husband a better way in life, as he is currently venting on you to take away from a low self esteem issue he has himself, or the fact that he is wholly unconscious.

      It is not your right to change him, however, it is your right to live as you want to live, and that is possible. Next week I am doing a Livecast and I will be explaining the thought evaluation technique which will eventually lead to no one being able to plant their thoughts in your mind.

      Alternatively the minimum you want to do is the book and audio of Creating A Bug Free Mind. These will help you beyond what words can currently describe 🙂

      Best wishes,


      P.S. When you’ve fixed this, I would love to hear the story of how it turned yours and your husbands lives around.

  13. Kay Mangan says:

    Dear Andy. Thank you for your Bug Free Mind series. It has changed my life over 2 years and I am still on the journey. Your words have inspired me to change and every day I listen to the recordings. There are diamonds found every time I listen or read your series. I continue my journey with you as my coach. Thank you Best regards Kay

    1. Andy Shaw says:

      Thank you Kay 🙂

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