I Can Control My Climate, Part II

“Life is really simple, but we insist upon making it complicated.” – Confucious

In Part I, characteristics of Thermostats vs Thermometers was explored.  So, how does one transition to a Thermostat Driven Lifestyle? Thermostat driven people do the following:

  • DEFINE WHO THEY ARE

Thermostat driven people motto is “I know who I am, I know what I believe, and that’s all I need to know from there you do what you need to do.”  They have invested the time to identify their strengths and recognize their weaknesses.    However, their focus is on amplifying and honing their strengths.  Everything they do reflects the attitude ” I’m having a great time with my life, I love living, and I want to share it.”

  • BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES

Thermostat driven people know the 1st step in anything is before anyone else will believe it you have to believe it yourself.  They live and breath the words of Cynthia Kersey, “Believe in yourself and their will come a day that others have no choice but to believe with you.”   Their focus is on expanding their potential and their ideas reflect the belief “you have to believe in something different than what has already happened, you have to believe that something different can happen.”

  • UNDERSTAND GREATNESS EXISTS IN ALL OF US

Thermostat driven people understand we all come from God/Source Energy and that we all bear unique talents and gifts.  They believe in abundance and have the ability to celebrate success wherever they may observe it.  They see the good in themselves and others.  They work to bring out the best in everyone around them an inspire others to transcend comparison and jealousy.  Their passion is infectious and reminds us to pour our complete being into whatever it is that we need to do to follow our dreams.

  • FIRMLY BELIEVE THEY CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY

Thermostat driven people don’t focus on where they are because they know it really doesn’t matter where they are right now.  They firmly believe that what matters is they are becoming something greater.  They understand and embrace the belief in their heart of hearts that they can really make it be what they want it to be.  They see what is possible and their mantra is “I can create whatever I want to create.”  They play to win and create opportunity.  Life is an adventure.

  • KNOW THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS

Thermostat driven people work incredibly hard.  They have rock solid work ethic.  Because they understand and recognize the difference between talent and skill.  They invest countless hours honing and cultivating their craft.  They dedicate themselves in being better every single day.  Observing their work ethic reminds you of the Bruce Lee quote “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced on kick 10,000 times.”  They understand the power of specialization of one’s skills and make it their highest priority.

  • FOCUS ON LAYING ONE BRICK AT A TIME

Thermostat driven people embrace the old adage “How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”  They don’t try or set out to build a wall.  Instead, their approach is “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid and I will do it every single day.”  They know beyond the shadow of the doubt that action changes things.  Their approach to realizing their dreams is at the heart of Dale Carnegie’s quote, “Inaction breeds doubt and far.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Focus on taking positive action and the goal will take care of itself.

  • PRACTICE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Thermostat driven people have an insatiable commitment to make whatever they come into contact with better.  They want the world to be a better place because they are here.  They want their life interactions to mean something.  It is important to them to make someone else’s life better or they feel like they are wasting their time.  They focus on finding solutions and their mantra is “Accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives.”

  • DARE TO BE UNREALISTIC

Thermostat driven people embrace the words of Will Smith, “being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”  They have great expectations.  They know and understand what is considered unrealistic today will be realistic tomorrow.  Records are meant to be broken, limits are meant to be pushed and surpassed, the impossible is meant to be transformed into the possible, standards are meant to be exceeded.  They are trailblazers at heart and embrace the knowledge that the only limits that exist are the ones they place upon their own imagination.

  •   REFUSE TO LET SITUATIONS PUSH THEM AROUND

Thermostat driven people adopt the mindset “None of this moves me.”  They keep their eyes on the prize at all times and do not allow events, situations, or people throw them off their game.  They understand the power of choice.  They decide who they are going to be, what’s it going to be, and how they’re going to do it.  The power of decision is never underestimated because they have discovered like Ralph Waldo Emerson that “once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  They are untroubled by situations because Thermostat driven people flow with God/Universe and have unwavering faith that there is a force that is constantly working on their behalf and wants to see them succeed.  In other words, they firmly believe all things work together for their good.  Any perceived setbacks are setups for future successes.

  • FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS

Thermostat driven people have a desperate obsessive focus and they give attention to what they desire with every fiber of their being, heart, and creativity.  Obstacles are non-existent because they do not take their eyes off the goal.  A clear and compelling vision is the compass that directs and dictates all their undertakings.  They know what they want, they know why they want it, and their burning desire pulls them toward what it is they want to achieve.   They recognize birth to their dreams is contingent upon the ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done and immensely enjoy the process of creating. Their mantra is “The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”

Did you enjoy this article today?  How are you living?  Are you living life as a Thermometer or a Thermostat? Would love to hear your feedback on the following questions….

  1. Have you defined who you are?
  2. Do you believe in yourself?
  3. Do celebrate and affirm the greatness in others?
  4. Do you believe you control your own destiny?
  5. How’s your work ethic as it relates to actualizing your goals?
  6. Are you trying to build a wall or lay the bricks?
  7. In what ways are you practicing making a positive difference?
  8. Do you dare to be unrealistic?
  9. Are you determined to stop letting situations push you around?
  10. What strategies do you employ to maintain your focus?

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