Be a Thermostat and not a Thermometer

By Stuart Young

Take the opportunity today to be a thermostat and not a thermometer.


One sets the environment the other reads it. I learned this from Mary Morrisey.


What do I mean by that? Well, if you find yourself reacting to the hassles of everyday life, never knowing what’ll show up, then you are being a thermometer. It’s all happening ‘out there’ and you react accordingly. Of course there’s an awful lot happening ‘out there’, for ALL of us. However, if you are making the decisions, being proactive instead of reactive you are creating the circumstances of your life. You’re setting your environment like a thermostat.


I know, I know, not all the time, not in every circumstance – even a hermit living in a cave is subject to the weather. But the more you set your own circumstances, the more you take responsibility for what is happening to you and how you react to it, the more control you will feel. That’s what we want after all, isn’t it? To feel in control of our own lives.


Consider today whether you are acting as much like a thermostat as you could. If not, take charge of how things make you feel. Decide how you want to feel.


About the Author: Stuart Young writes his thoughts on his blog How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time. He  launched his book on this topic in May 2012 and has since helped people change their lives. Click here  to get your copy now! He is also one of the authors of the book, “The Best Inspirational Storie I Ever Read: Guide to a Purposeful Life”.