Hand turning a home thermostat knob to set temperature

Are You A Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Are you a thermometer or are you a thermostat?  Both devices deal with temperature, but their uses are different. A thermometer simply reflects the temperature, but a thermostat actually determines the temperature.  A thermostat can be adjusted and suited to the environment and the needs of the room.

How about you – in your workplace, in your homes, within your friend groups – do you merely reflect those around you or do you take steps to change the environment?

When things get hot or cold – maybe that’s negative or bitter – do you act the same, or do you strive to change or adjust the temperature to something more positive?

Thermostats have power. For instance, do you just settle for the status quo or “it’s always been this way” thinking or do you assess the situation and make the necessary changes to benefit you and others?

When you look at your current situation, are you approaching it just like a thermometer and you just settle or reflect your present circumstances? Or do you realize you have the ability to be a thermostat and change and reset your current temperature?  Realize today, you have more control than you think and choose to be a thermostat.

**Eric has his Masters in Counseling and when not on the radio, works as a private practice counselor.**

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Olivier Le Moal

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