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Setting one's mental thermostat in life

Setting one's mental thermostat in lifeImage Credit: Supplied

Are you familiar with the little handy device which controls the heating and air-conditioning system in your house? This uses the most energy and has the biggest impact on your comfort and quality of life. This is called a thermostat which regulates and maintains a room's temperature.

Similarly, all of us carry a ''mental thermostat'' which establishes our standards in terms of success. Whether these standards exist in our professional or personal life, we only achieve what we believe is within our range based on these.

These standards are actually preconceived and are influenced by the people we interact with and our past experiences. Our current level of income, fitness or professional success is a true reflection of our existing standards.

Most of the time, we do not go beyond our set levels. In order to be really successful, we need to adjust the settings of the thermostat that exists in our minds. Our self-perceived value should increase as we face more challenges, experience new things and get older.

It is the same concept as driving a car set in cruise control. The car may slow down on an upward slope but would switch back to the set speed once it reaches level ground. Why? Because the cruise control was set on that speed. So, whether you want to drive fast or slow, the only thing you need to do is change the limit.

Thinking big is a phenomenon where we challenge our selected set of standards and do things away from our comfort zones. Any external sustainable change does not materialise if we do not change our vision and beliefs, and try new ventures or activities.

Your mental thermostat will help you set the amount of success you can handle in your life. What is the mental cruise value you have set for yourself?

Handy Hints:

• Adjust beliefs and vision and leave behind ineffective ones

• Leverage your daily practices that drive you toward success

• Build your self-confidence to break out of boundary thinking

Read on choosing well from the buffet called life

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company