Psychology of change Factor #4: Thermometer or Thermostat

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" mentality.

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 environment?

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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