This next technique goes along with my previous post about the thermostat theory. This one will make more sense if you read that first.
The thermostat theory says that you will only generate energy to change if your reality and your expectations do not match. Your expectations are the thermostat setting and your reality is what is actually happening. So, in order to reach success in life, simply set higher expectations.
Before I show you how, I want to show you that you already do this without thinking.
What grade are you in?
Think back to the last day of 8th grade. School is dismissed, you passed and you are walking home. Someone asks you what grade you are in – what do you tell them?
Ninth. Even though you haven’t spend a second in 9th grade, you still see yourself at the next level.
If someone were to ask you which school you attended, you would tell them the high school, not the middle school.
Again, you see yourself at the next level.
Are you a liar? No. You are merely setting your thermostat at a higher temperature. You are mentally projecting yourself into the next level and you say it as if it were already true.
You will not be satisfied going back to middle school or back to eighth grade. In your mind you are already a high school Freshman even though reality hasn’t come to pass yet.
Come September, the reality will catch up to your expectations and you will proudly take your place in high school. You didn’t doubt it for a minute.
Use the same technique for your career, relationships, whatever it is you want
You can do the same thing now. If you want to get to the next level, talk, walk and act as if you are already there.
Use first person, present tense. (I am not I will)
I live in a nice house (even if the reality is that you live in your parent’s basement.)
I have a great job (as you stand in the unemployment line.)
Just like the eighth grader, however, you must believe it and claim it in order to generate the energy to make it happen.
As discussed before, a thermostat does have a limitation on how high it can be set. But that limit is so much higher than most of us set it that you need not worry about it.
You are the main limiting factor.
You can only set your thermostat as high as you can realistically imagine yourself. You can go as high as you want, but you have to be able to see yourself there.
Some eight graders can only see themselves going to high school. Some see themselves graduating from high school while still others see themselves graduating from college and beyond. All have the ability to graduate but only those who see themselves as graduates actually will do it.
Don’t stress this too much. Look as far ahead as you are comfortable. You can always adjust your thermostat to a higher temperature as you near your goals.
Wishing doesn’t make it so
Just claiming it doesn’t make it so any more than setting the thermostat makes it hotter.
Claiming it makes the furnace kick on. It generates the energy needed to heat things up so that your desires become a reality.
Without the claim and the belief (the thermostat setting) the energy to get it done is never generated. So deciding what you want and then acting as if it is already true gives you the creative energy to make it happen. YOU ARE THE FURNACE.
I teach my students to drive through the neighborhoods that they want to live in one day. Become familiar with the streets, the houses, the stores. By doing this, they become dissatisfied with their current situation and begin to generate creative ways to get them to the place where they belong. (I only hope that they realize that their journey will start with studying for finals next week.)
Change only happens when you become dissatisfied with your current situation.
Set your thermostat on high in order to start the process.