How To Play Above The Line

How To Play Above The Line

Above The Line Thinking


Below The Line Thinking

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At any given moment throughout life, you are either living above or below the line.

This is also referred to in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) as “cause versus effect” thinking.

The question to ask yourself at all times is “which side of the line are you living?”

Are you living Above the line, or at Cause? Or are you living Below the line, also known as living at Effect of things that happen to you?

Before you answer that question, let’s take a look at each side.

Above the line, we own the ship and have an O.A.R. in the water.  Below the line, you’re making your B.E.D., and you must lie in it.  When something goes wrong, the easiest thing to do is to blame it on someone else, find an excuse or deny that there is a problem.  “Playing below the line” is destructive as it doesn’t resolve anything. If you have a problem and play below the line, the problem gets worse, it’s the behavior of a victim, and that’s where failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Note: if you want to hear "below the line" - blame, excuse, and denial all used in one sentence, then ask your children why the bins were not put out!!

Whether you play above or below the line all comes down to one word, decisions.  It is up to you to decide whether your actions are above or below the line.  It is up to you to decide because your decisions x your actions = your results.  So, if you want your results to improve, it is up to you to determine above or below the line.


Playing above the line is constructive because taking ownership of, and responsibility for our decisions and actions leads to the resolution of problems.  It also ensures that they don’t happen again.  This pro-active approach is typical of people with a victor mentality.  It is essential we all need to commit to playing above the line at all times.

Remember to get out of BED put your OAR in the water and own your ship and to be the cause of your results.  

Feeling 100% responsible for your results is a great way to nourish your personal power.

Every time you find yourself playing below the line, switch it around to above the line thinking and take note of what happens.  This will see you eliminating below the line from your life.  Go ahead and give it a go.  It does work.

My children have all had above the line/below the line on their vision boards in their rooms for years.  It is interesting when we chat to ask the kids if their language and thinking is above or below the line.  Asking this has made a huge difference how they speak and think.


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