Boom VisionTM Podcast
Episode 9: How to Be a Wavemaker: Thermometer versus Thermostat Mindset
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you...you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You gotta dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." - Chris Gardner (Will Smith) in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Folks, have you ever felt a point in your life where it felt like the odds were stacked against you?
"Be a game changer, the world is already full of players." No matter what path you are on, or want to be on, there are 2 types of people. Either you think you are a player and play the game, or you change the game in how you want to play. In today's episode, I will share:
- The concept of thermometer versus thermostat mindset,
- What it means to be a wavemaker,
- I'll share 2 action steps on how to shift your mindset and become more a game changer rather than a player.
[2:11] - Hi folks, welcome back to Boom Vision! This is the 9th episode of Boom Vision, and if you're into numerology, the number 9 is a very powerful number. The number 9 represents completion, since it's the last of the single-digit numbers and the highest in value. I wanted to share a topic that has surprisingly been popping up a few times this past month that I felt was relevant and appropriate for this 9th episode: the difference between a thermometer versus a thermostat.
[2:43] - What's the difference between the 2?
> Thermometer: an instrument for measuring and indicating temperature in it's environment or surrounding.
> Thermostat: a device that automatically regulates temperature, changing the environment it's in.
[3:02] - So why am I talking about the difference between these 2 objects?
In this past month, I've brought up this comparison to my clients because I noticed their mindset was operating through a thermometer mindset. Some examples are:
- An old client that the entrepreneur has a long standing re-occurring revenue with gave notice that they're about to do a 180 and go with a different vendor
- A client's relationship with their spouse was strained because they're unable to have meaningful conversations and connect on a deeper level.
- 3rd example is that the person was having fights with their spouse in a more escalated way than before, and she don't know how to diffuse it.
The main difference between a thermometer versus a thermostat is that a thermometer only reads the temp around it. It completely let's the environment dictate how it reads internally. All external forces impact how it feels and reacts internally.
What about a thermostat? They change the environment around it. If it's too cold, you know what? It'll kick in the 76 degree temp and won't stop until the environment rises to 76 degrees and comfortable. Vice versa, if it's too hot, it'll kick it down to a lower temp. A thermostat doesn't allow the outer environment dictate the temperature it feels internally, but instead does the opposite. If it doesn't like what it's feeling, it will influence and change the environment until it rises to how it sees fit.
[4:40] - Knowing this difference, how are you going about your day? Do you have a thermometer or a thermostat mindset?
[5:19] - Question: What's stopping you from having a thermostat mindset, if you're currently stuck in a thermometer mindset?
> Imagination: Is it because you haven't seen what's possible in what you want to create, so you don’t know what to imagine or visualize?
> Voice: Is your old SOS (Subconscious Operating System) have old programming language that's frankly just not serving you in bringing out your inner light and potential that you don't realize you innately have within you?
> Intuition: Do you feel you have emotion clogged because you've been suppressing or avoiding to fully feel the emotions that you're meant to experience?
[6:16] - Fact: 95% of business fail within the first 5 years.
Fact: 99.99% of toddlers that learn to walk fail on their first try.
The difference between your 2 year old self versus now is that your younger self had a blank slate. Without any SOS downloaded into your system, you don't understand the concept of what it means to fail. In your attempt to walk, if you fall on your first, second, or third try in taking your first step, in attempting to walk, if you fall, if you trip, if you fail, you don't just stop there. You get up and try again.
[7:12] - Do you know what FAIL stands for?
Fail = F. A. I. L. = First Attempt In Learning.
If you reprograming your SOS, if you can bring out your inner child that, with a clean mind and hungry for new programming language. We all start when we were inner child as thermostats. If we fail, guest what? We get up again, we try again. We keep trying until we succeed.
[7:40] - Funny quote from Family Guy by Stewart
Kids just don't know when to stop! As toddlers, their mindset is pre-wired as a thermostat!
[9:09] - What is a wavemaker?
Quote: "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change." - Tim Cook
As your thinking of how to shift your old thermometer mindset to a thermostat mindset, start thinking of how you can create a positive ripples in your environment. When you do, with enough consistency and positive energy, guess what? Those ripples become waves. In essence, you're becoming what I call a wavemaker.
Question: What does being a wavemaker mean to you? In your work, relationship, business or life?
[10:35] - What are the action steps you can take this week to strengthen your thermostat mindset? There are 2 action steps today
[10:45] - 1st Action Step: CAL Method.
*As a bonus, this being the 9th episode, I created some music to walk you through a breathing exercise that you can do to show you how easy this really is.
[11:58] - C: Calm - Breathing Exercise
[13:42] - A: Awareness. Imagine you are standing few feet away from where you're at, and observing yourself in this calm state. It's like having a out of body experience, just look at yourself. When you see yourself, observe the energy you have inside you.
Ask yourself this question: do you sense the energy in and around you more of a thermometer or a thermostat energy?
Are you a thermometer or thermostat at work, in your business, or in your relationship?
[14:31] - L: Language: Ask yourself: Is the energy within you serving you well in what you want to create in your life right now?
Question: Is your current way of being bringing out your highest and best in achieving what you want in life?
Be candid when you ask yourself this question: Will embodying a thermostat mindset serve you well?
If it does, how does it feel being a thermostat mindset? With this mindset shift, do you carry yourself differently? Are you dressed differently? Instead of saying things like, it is what it is, what if you asked the question, what can I do to raise the energy in this situation? What can I do to raise the energy within me?
[15:23] - Cold Shower Challenge
This past week, I've been drawn to this practice of taking cold showers. Now, to highlight some benefits of taking cold showers are: improving overall blood circulations, improve metabolism, and increases endorphins, which is also known as happiness hormones.
However, I do want to caution, if you have any signs of heart disease or low immune system, please check with your doctor to see if you body is healthy enough to try this exercise because sudden change in body temp and heart rate may be overwhelming to your body.
[16:09] - With that said, if your body is healthy and optimal to take a cold shower, I'd like to share my version of this cold shower challenge.
Before when I took showers, while standing outside of the shower stall, I turn on the hot water that normally takes 45 seconds to 1 minute for the water to warm up.
What I do instead for this challenge: is I step inside the shower stall as I turn on the hot water waiting for the water is warming up.
Now, I gotta say, the first time I did this, the water is freakin' cold. At first I was like, OH MY GOD, this is cold.
But what I do in this exercise, is that I saw out loud. I GOT THIS, It's all in the mind, I GOT THIS, it's all in the mind!
The intention of this challenge is to serve 2 purposes:
- 1st purpose: you get to receive the benefits of taking a cold shower, but in an easier way, assuming it only 45-60 seconds for your water to warm up.
- To train your mind: If you can focus and control your mind to withstand what your outer body may be initially feeling, and instead focus on your own words, your breathing, and your mental state, guess what? This is really a fantastic way to train how to embody a thermostat mindset!
The mantra I say is: I GOT THIS, It's all in the mind, I GOT THIS, it's all in the mind! (take deep breath - slowly say) I GOT THIS. I AM WARM. And when I saw I AM WARM, I visualize this image where I am giving myself a big warm bear huge around my body.
If you every seen Big Hero 6, I imagine I'm Baymax giving myself this big ol' bear hug warming myself up.
[19:40] - Final Thoughts
"It's not possible" "No, it's necessary!" - Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) in Interstellar.
It gives me chills every time I watch that movie, particularly that scene. Not only is Interstellar one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time, but that scene is SO powerful because I can feel the emotion and energy when Cooper said that quote. It's a life and death situation, but no matter how much the odds were stacked against him at that specific moment, it didn't matter. When you are absolutely in the zone of being a thermostat, nothing will get in your way of making it happen, you do everything that's necessary to accomplish your goal because you're locked in with sheer determination.
Quote: "Don't ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter." - Michael Oher
Folks, I hope you enjoyed today's episode. Being your authentic self, are you inspired to be a wavemaker? Does having a thermostat mindset serve you well in the path you are creating for yourself to live a life full of passion and happiness in how you define it? You have a unique purpose and your gift matters. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise...You've got this!
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