How determined are you to make a change in your life and for your
life? As I’ve been blogging recently, there is a psychology of change.
It doesn’t just happen. You have to prepare for it, weighing the
options, motivation, and ability to see it through.
I’ve talked about Dissatisfaction, Discipline, and Attitude. Now, I want to address your personality type. Are you a Thermometer or a Thermostat?
The Thermometer takes a reading on the situation. It’s a simple
measurement. It’s hot, cold, normal or abnormal. There is no analysis or
consideration, just a report, a number. A Thermometer personality looks
at a situation as a given. My job is lousy and I’m stuck. The market is
lousy so I can’t sell my house. This is the “It is what it is”
The Thermostat, on the other hand, adjusts. Just like a thermostat in
your home can make the room more comfortable by changing the
temperature, a Thermostat personality recognizes that change is
possible. A rainy Monday is not the forecast for a bleak day or week
ahead. They take what is given to them, assess it, determine its
importance, and either deal with it or move on. They recognize that the
temperature can change so when things are getting hot, you can cool it
down by making the right moves.
So, take the time right now to identify — with total honesty — which
personality type you are: thermometer or thermostat. And, if you’re a
thermometer in need of changing, what will you do to change the way you
reach to situations? How can you be better prepared to control your
Once you’ve conquered your ability to be swayed by events around you,
you’re ready to step up the next rung of the change ladder.
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