React or Respond? Thermometer or Thermostat?


Thermometer: an instrument for measuring and indicating temperature, typically one consisting of a narrow, hermetically sealed glass tube marked with graduations and having at one end a bulb containing mercury or alcohol which extends along the tube as it expands.


Thermostat: a device that automatically regulates temperature, or that activates a device when the temperature reaches a certain point.


No, we are not here to debate the functions and benefits of these devices. Rather, we want to look at the inference we can draw from both.


A thermometer is limited by the fact that it has only one function- that it reacts to the environment. We have used it many a times when someone in the family is sick and it is the go to device for measuring the temperature. The learning here is that a lot of us are like the thermometer, conditioned and restricted by beliefs, people, situation, leading limited lives in the bargain. Reacting in a constrained way to the environment.


On the other hand, let’s look at the thermostat. What it does is it gauges the environment and conditions the environment to react to it. If a thermostat notices that a room is too cold or too hot, it changes the environment to fit the ideal for which it is set. We do encounter internal and external attempts at putting constraints on us, which is when we can respond like the thermostat to reject those limiting beliefs and create an environment that aligns with your most ambitious goals.


Our attitude precedes the outcomes we desire. Have a reason before you expect a result.


All of us know about the oft used adage ” With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility “. Now turn that on its head and make it ” With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power “.


To quote Jim KwikIf you fight for your limitations you get to keep them. Drop excuses. You can’t get upset by the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do. Accept responsibility for your thoughts & actions.


The worst place to be, more terrible than AuschwitzNazi Germany’s largest concentration camp and extermination camp, is to be a prisoner in our own mind.





The Privilege of Working With Your Mind..

As they say ” The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven“.


Back in the day and throughout history, most people have had to do backbreaking labour, just to sustain themselves, with no hope of thriving. The perennial, relentless quest to move from day to day, meal to meal, to survive.


Today( and we are fortunate), we get to exercise our creative gifts, solve problems, and create value that none of our ancestors would have imagined(let alone a large percentage of the world’s population today).


As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all the things we have to do:


You have to wake up early for work.


You have to make that sales call.


You have to prepare dinner for the family.


You have to go to your daughter’s dance show.


You have to work out today.


You have to write an article.


Now, imagine changing just one word in all of the sentences above.


You get to wake up early for work.


You get to make that sales call.


You get to prepare dinner for the family.


You get to go to your daughter’s dance show.


You get to work out today.


You get to write an article.


It’s important to remind oneself that the things we get to do each day are not burdens, but opportunities.


So often, the things we actually view as work are actually the reward.


Mind you, if you are reading this, you are among the top miniscule percent of a percent of people who have ever lived in terms of opportunity and wealth.


So, what are you getting to do? Game | Mind(set) | Match!!