Yes, we are currently experiencing another cold snap but it’s not that kind of thermostat that I’m referring to – it’s your mental thermostat that may need cranking up several notches…
The Winning Edge concept Mental Thermostat refers to your ‘normal’ setting in life i.e. what you know and what you are familiar with such as your everyday behaviour, habits, responses etc. We call this setting ‘normal’ and with your Mental Thermostat, you too have a ‘normal’ setting that you operate at every day both consciously and subconsciously. However, how often do you challenge what your ‘normal’ is?
You may remember the lottery winner Michael Carroll who won £9.7 million in 2002 at the age of 19. He was a refuse collector at the time and after winning the fortune, he professed he wasn’t going to live an elaborate lifestyle and would put his criminal past and anti-social behaviour behind him. However, within months he was committing crimes and going through money like water which culminated in him being declared bankrupt within eight years.
There are numerous stories of lottery winners who very quickly squandered their money and the main reason being, they didn’t crank up their mental thermostat and think like a millionaire. Yes of course there are many millionaires who are born into money and there are those who have made their millions through hard graft, but in order to maintain the lifestyle they enjoy, these people tend to invest their money sensibly to counteract the luxurious purchases they may choose to make, but most importantly, their self-image allows them to enjoy their money and their lifestyle.
Michael Carroll had not been used to this amount of wealth and therefore, his self-image did not enable him to enjoy it long-term as he simply didn’t see himself as a millionaire. To be this, he needed to crank up his Mental Thermostat by changing the perception he had of himself, so he believed he deserved his new-found lifestyle and maintained it.
If you don’t make these changes, your self-image cannot cope with the new circumstances and very often ‘old habits’ take over to bring you back to the status quo or ‘normal setting’ you have previously been used to.
This behaviour can also apply to people who are promoted at work to a leadership role. If they have not altered their mindset to see themselves as a leader, they will not feel worthy of this new status and therefore will not behave accordingly.
So how do we change our ‘normal’ setting? We do this by changing the way we think and by setting goals that are written down and both visualised and regularly affirmed. In every area of our life, we need to consciously think ‘I am worthy of this’ and consciously think about the way you think about these new circumstances and embrace them.
The New Year is almost upon us. Give some thought as to how you’d like 2018 to be for you. Think about what you want and know that you are worthy and deserve happiness. Start cranking up your Mental Thermostat today!
Wishing you and yours a dazzling 2018!
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
Kirsty knows that personal development is a continuous journey and therefore has a genuine desire and enthusiasm to help people realise their full potential, to be a success in their life-whatever that may mean to them.
Kirsty’s thought-provoking blogs, prompt readers to think consciously about how their thinking has a huge impact on their life, it informs their emotions and therefore their behaviour. Living life consciously is the cornerstone to the themes of Kirsty’s blogs. You can contact Kirsty directly here