Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Are you the kind of person that reacts to the environment around you or do you set the tone and change the environment?

The Thermometer

We all know people who are reactive.  Their mood can change as quickly as the wind blows.  If this person is a leader, sometimes we can feel unstable and/or insecure.  Their actions can seem more reactive than planned and it's often difficult to know what you can expect with them.  Perhaps they are a thermometer.  

The Thermostat

On another hand, my guess is that you can think of one or two people that find the silver lining in different situations.  Even in the craziest situations, their attitude and values don't waiver. They seem focused on their goal and don't let outside people and or situations shake them.  They are likely a thermostat.

Living life with a "thermostat mindset" certainly seems more desirable, however it can be a challenge. This doesn't come easy.  Taking care of yourself, writing down your goals, and building your resiliency can certainly help.  When you do these things, you can better lead yourself and, in turn, better lead others.  It's best done in a spirit of love.

Love never fails

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Jeff Veley

Jeff Veley is youth speaker, bullying expert, and social skills educator.

His mission is to equip students with the social and emotional skills that empower them to face adversity, grow in resilience, and solve their own social problems by exercising the Golden Rule.

To date, Jeff's message has reached over one million people.  Jeff and his program have been recognized by the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative of the United Nations and are a recipient of the Golden Rule International Award for effectiveness in teaching conflict resolution.  The United Nations officially recognizes Jeff as a Goodwill Peace Ambassador in over 120 nations of the world.