I was listening to T. Harv Eker the other day speaking of our internal success thermostat and how it’s often stuck and we never think to fix it.
If you are a person who can’t seem to get ahead in life, it might just be due to your personal success thermostat.
If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, then let me explain:
As you are likely aware, a heat thermostat is something that ‘regulates’ the heat. If the temperature drops, it will cause it to rise to a set level. If the temperature drops, the thermostat will cause it to drop to the same set level.
According to T. Harve Eker, we all have a built in success thermostat too. In other words, we have a limitation on our success depending on where we have our ‘setting’.
Our success level is based on our own internal ‘feelings, belief systems or a better way of saying it is our internal programming.
Throughout life, our level of success will sometimes rise, sometimes drop… but more often than not we will find ourselves eventually right back in the middle.
This is because, whether you realize it or not, you always return to your subconscious ‘chosen point’ where some hover their whole life.
No matter how hard we work on our success… or not…or no matter how hard we try to change for the better the success thermostat will stick pretty close to our ingrained settings.
Now if this has caused you to wonder, with this being the case, if it’s even worth setting goals or aiming high …. the short answer is: It is.
If you are not pleased with your current level of success and you really want to improve results and make changes for the better, the solution is simple. Turn the heat up! That’s it.
If I’m still not clear, you will simply have to start ‘thinking’ differently and set your personal expectations higher than they have ever been.
Your internal success settings are ones that are all based on your own programming and belief system. I’m not saying that your beliefs are necessarily “limiting beliefs” either, they are just beliefs that have over the years naturally become part of your make up or thinking.
In other words, it’s the programming you have likely had since you were born that keeps you stuck in the same place.. never expecting anything more than what you’re already getting, and not necessarily expecting much less.
For example, if you grew up with parents who continuously struggled and repeatedly either told you, or gave you the belief that life is a struggle, that there is always a shortage of money, then you are going to believe that you may always have to ‘struggle’ for money.
The result has likely been that you have never set your expectations any higher than knowing that life will always be a grind.
You may find that you always just have enough to get by and pinch pennies like a vice grip.
Occasionally there may have been times where you started to build a ‘decent’ float in your bank account…. then… all of a sudden your roof sprung a leak and *Poof* your back account goes back down to the regular pittance again.
In other words, your financial thermostat or personal set point has always hovered around the same place. It may never sink too far down… but will certainly never rise too far above.
Additionally, if you If you are one of those people who feels or more accurately “have told yourself” that ‘having money’ is a bad thing, and you tell yourself that you ‘just need enough to get by’ … then you will always likely have just enough to get by… but no more.
So what are you to do to achieve success and change for the better??
Well again, in the discussion (I’ve heard this many times before) that your internal set point is like software. The software can only do what it is written to do. In order to get that software upgraded, it needs additional modification … or upgrading.
When looking at your own “hard drive:, you have to realize that you to need modification and if you don’t like where you are at, you need to start making changes and modifying your belief system to get further ahead. Then get serious about success!
You have to start believing that you can aim high and reach for the stars. You have to believe that you can actually pluck that star out of the sky. Then you have to start working towards doing so.
After all, if you don’t like your situation, and you are not satisfied with life you have to start making a change, and stop attracting more of what you’re already getting. (It’s no good keeping on doing what ‘aint’ working!)
As an example, I’ll share a bit of my story.
When I was young my dad was a huge proponent of being an entrepreneur. He always impressed upon me the fact that I could do and achieve anything in life.
He did tell me I would have to invest time and attention, in some cases money… but he never looked at that as a ‘bad’ thing. I just understood that I just needed to get ‘the job done’.
As a result, when I was about 13 or 14 we went to an “Own Your Own Business” seminar and I purchased for only a few thousand dollars (My dad lent me some money) a little tiny gold stamping press to print gold or silver impressions on prestige business cards or wedding napkins.
I worked this business like crazy after school and hooked up with some pretty decent accounts; Realtors, a successful cluster Amway marketers, and also attracted a few wedding customers either personally or through local florists.
Though there were other printers in town who sold similar products, I never for one moment thought that I couldn’t make a go of it.
After a while, I sold the little business and had a nice little float in my bank account.
I then decided to market wicker and rattan products (we’re talking back in the ‘80s when it was the full- on fad.
By this time I had my drivers license and along the way had bought a little truck. I called my company “Wicker on Wheels” and went to peoples houses and threw home parties. I did quite well there too.
I then sold my wicker off and had a couple of part time jobs and decided to purchase a house. By now I was 18.
All my friends and some family (not my mom or dad) thought ‘yea right… she’ll never manage”.
Now I will admit it was a huge leap because I really didn’t qualify for a mortgage, but still I kept on trucking! I simply stayed focused on purchasing my house and saved like a mad woman never taking my eyes of the possibility.
The thing is thought I didn’t worry about it. I never for a moment thought there was anything unachievable. I just ‘knew I would do it.
In November of 1983 I had my first home and friends were gob smacked!
Through the years I met my husband and we decided to start a business in the industrial equipment industry.
Both my financial thermostat and my husband’s financial set points were a perfect match.
We just figured out how to get the seed money together through saving and hard work and we went ahead and started our business. For the first year he quit his job and I kept mine, while he worked at the business. I helped with the paperwork and marketing after I finished my day job.
After one year… one fine evening at dinner time, we just decided (spur of the moment) that I would quit my job and go and work with him full time because, as we expected were busier now and had a few accounts.
We just thought that if we both focused on our business it would grow. We never thought any less… and just went ahead and jumped right on in.
The business continued to grow like wildfire… but this surprised neither of us. We ‘knew’ it would.
Unfortunately after about 15 years things ‘went sideways’ marriage wise, and I found myself on my own. That is when I decided to work online.
There are a few details here, but bottom line is I hooked up to market my personal development business.
Though I knew absolutely NOTHING about starting my own internet business, I didn’t let it stop me.
I knew that common sense had to prevail and I was going to have to get started and work things through…. So I did.
I kid you not after taking a little time to learn a couple of techniques, I immediately jumped in and started marketing. Literally 10 hours after putting up my first campaign I had attracted two new partners.
Now I will say that during this time I was under quite a lot of emotional stress due to my personal situation and my former husband wasn’t helping.
He said a few things to me that really blew my morale and for whatever reason I let the poison seep into my program which blew my financial thermostat for a while. (More like took a hammer to it!)
After that, for about a year I struggled because I didn’t have the expectation that I had originally. It was a tough go.
One morning I woke up and thought “what the heck?” “Why am I not performing how I am meant to perform?” My programming wasn’t gelling with my hard drive.
After some thought I realized what the ‘problem was” and in that moment I decided to re-write my program.
From that point on things began to work fine glitch free. Nothing externally had changed… but I had changed.
I realized that in order to achieve success in life, either personal success or financial success, if you really want to get ahead and change for the better, you have to start doing something differently and that ‘something’ all has to do with your internal condition and the way you think and perceive things.
In conclusion you need to identify the thoughts or feeling that hold you back and keeping you stuck. Once you have determined where the virus is in your program or believe system, or where the ‘short’ is in our financial thermostat, you then need to intentionally address the problem and re write the program to do what you know is possible.
The bottom line is ANYTHING is possible, but you need to make sure you keep you thermostat calibrated and expect nothing but success. You then need to get back to goal setting and aim high and never allow limiting beliefs or personal beliefs get in the way.
The magnitude of the success you crave doesn’t matter either. It all takes the same effort, so you may as well tweak your goal setting and set your expectations high and just go for the gusto. Thinking small or feeling you will struggle will return those difficult to deal with results.
Thinking big and with confidence will attract positive results.
I know we call it the Law of Attraction but programming your thermostat for personal success or financial success isn’t rocket science. There’s no magic in the law of attraction and there’s no secret behind the secret.
It’s a matter of knowing… and once you tell yourself you can… you will and it really isn’t difficult.
I’ve been able to help a number of people reset their financial set point, reach goals and get on the way of personal satisfaction since I started coaching about a year ago now.
If you’re stuck in a rut and need some help with your internal programming and you don’t feel to be achieving success no matter what you do, ….contact me at any time and let’s get your thermostat to where it needs to be.