What Is Your Internal Thermostat?

thermostat 300x232 What Is Your Internal Thermostat?The Internal Thermostat as it is sometimes called has a more scientific name which is The Psycho-Cybernetic Mechanism (PCM). The PCM’s job is to keep our body and mind in a constant state of comfort.

Why is this important you may ask? The answer to this question is what separates the wealthy from the rest of the population here on earth. I want to ask you a question “Have you ever seen a really great idea on television or on the radio and remarked to yourself that you could have done that”? Well the fact of the matter is that you really could have except that your mind was not in the right place.

I am going to make a pretty bold statement right now so try to stay in tune with me as I bring it back around. The statement is “At this very moment in your life you are exactly where you want to be on a spiritual, emotional, financial, and physical level.”

You might argue with this and say that you don’t really want to have a car that barely runs, or a home that you’re about to lose to foreclosure or even be stuck at whichever level you are stuck at in your business but this is quite actually the truth.

You may not know this on a conscious level but I guarantee that on a subconscious one you are not only aware of this but will take great pains to avoid or sabotage anything  that might disturb the equilibrium you have developed at this low level in life. This is in fact the PCM at work regulating your comfort level.

I want you to take a look at your current circumstances in life as a certain room temperature. This room temperature is let’s say 72 degrees which means that you are comfortable. Now any correction in this room’s temperature is going to cause you to become either too cold or too hot.

Now let’s say that you through no fault of your own trip and fall one day thereby breaking your leg so that in the course of a period of time since you are no longer able to exercise you actually gain about 10 -15 lbs. Let’s say this is a negative so your room temperature dips to 64 degrees.

What are you going to do about this change in temperature? Are you going to sit there in a cold room or are you going to get that room temperature back to where you need it to be so that you are comfortable?

It is my experience that you are going to work towards getting your body back into the shape it was before thereby alleviating the discomfort of a cold room.

Now this may sound like a pretty good deal we still haven’t seen the other side of the coin yet since this principle cuts both ways.

Now we have already established that 72 degrees is quite actually the perfect temperature for you to be comfortable at so what happens when we have an opportunity to better our lot in life by maybe a promotion at the job, a business opportunity, or maybe even a potential relationship with someone you are attracted to?

This potential success in our analogy is going to turn up the heat so to speak and take us into the 78 -80 degree weather. This weather is not within our comfort zone so the subconscious mind which controls 95% of what we do in life is going to work towards getting us back to our comfort zone by sabotaging whichever success or endeavor that we are currently participating in.

If we can accept this analogy as truth then how is it that we are able to change our internal thermostat so that we are comfortable at an elevated temp?

We change our internal thermostat through the process of self development and daily disciplines. The self development process is such that when we are studying this material on a daily basis we begin to understand that there is prosperity, joy, and fellowship all around us at all times.

We  form the core belief that good things are not only going to happen to us they are in fact supposed to happen to us. When something happens in our life that does not serve us rather than expecting it we are in fact surprised by it.

Self development gives us the ability to take life’s little surprises and use them for a greater good. It gives us the empathy and compassion to understand and feel what others are going through without becoming so attached that it affects our own life.

So now the question becomes that if we know we need to become more as individuals to have more, do more, and live more how do we go about obtaining this training?

There are several resources from which to choose from to complete this step in the process which includes CD’s, DVD’s, ebooks, Books, and streaming video.

If we take each of these formats and examine them briefly to see what the advantages and disadvantages of each are:

A) CD’s (compact discs): I personally really liked CD’s prior to the invention and arrival of the MP3 format. Now any and all audio I just place on my iTouch for portability and ease of use.

B) DVD’s: This is a great way to learn some pretty amazing things. I have no problem purchasing information in this format and have it playing on my television in the background rather than the mind killing drivel that passes for quality programming these days.

C) Ebooks: Yet another great way to have a whole library in your hip pocket. The iTouch by Apple makes mobile learning a reality.

D) Paperback Books: Although these are a favorite of mine if you take a look at the statistics that show 95% of Americans don’t read one non-fiction book per year.

D) Streaming video: According to Nielsen ratings online video usage increased by 53% in 2009. I personally enjoy this format the most since I have access to a world class library of self development and business success strategies which I can watch online or on my iTouch.

The trick with this type of training is that over time as you learn and grow your area of comfort which is regulated by the PCM actually shifts to a higher standard of life. In turn your actions that you take on a day to day basis support this new shift and eventually you are in fact more prosperous, healthy, and happy.

I truly hope you have gained considerable value from this post. If you have do me a favor and share it via the Green Retweet & Blue Facebook Share boxes.

To Our Massive Success,
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22 comments
DavidAQuery1
DavidAQuery1

Great post John, Thank you for the reinforcement of many things I have already read in the past (but have not heard it in quit that way) but have not honestly put into practice in my life.    BTW... Your hyperlink "world class library"  is broken.  The site it points to goes to a Godaddy Website parking page.  http://bit.ly/19K8BNb

Justin Crowder
Justin Crowder

John Great insight bro! I totally agree that we need to increase our internal thermostat. I appreciate your insight in this. Thanks, Justin Crowder

f4 network
f4 network

what a great concept. i think this is gonna make all the difference for me. thanks

Jaden Daniels
Jaden Daniels

Love the post. I read a lot of self development books. I also listen to CD's and watch videos. I have a wide collection. Everyday I make sure I read for at least 10 minutes, listen to my audio for at least 10 minutes and watch DVD's for at least 1hr a week. Most days I read and listen to my audio longer, but if I get in 10 minutes then I feel good. Great Post!

Mick McCrory
Mick McCrory

Hey thanks John for this post, I take in an hour every morning of personal development and I feel a major difference in my life in every area. Now that I'm aware of PCM, it's time to heat some things up! .-= Mick McCrory´s last blog ..How To Optimize Your MLM List =-.

Marcus Baker
Marcus Baker

Great post John! It's exactly why Jim Rohn's words, "You have to work more on yourself than on your business." are so true. To succeed you have to be so hot that it's deeply uncomfortable and that's when you'll need to be able to manage your mind and emotions to see the process through. Thank you. ~Marcus Baker~ Attraction Marketing Coach

Debbie Wood
Debbie Wood

Hey John, this is a great post, as always. It reminds me of a conversation I was having the other night with a Bunco buddy about Yoga. She said that she takes Yoga classes at her local school and doesn’t feel like she’s getting enough out of it because it’s not a heated studio and it’s just not hot enough to get the full effects of a Yoga class. I FULLY AGREE. The point of Yoga is to heat up your muscles so they become more limber and you’re able to get into the harder positions. It’s the same thing with turning up your internal thermostat. It’s gotta be set way up and the “heat has to be on” (so to speak), to be able to reach the hard goals and the higher levels in life in general. You’re right, we are all where we are because of choices we’ve made and places that we’ve gotten “comfortable” in life. It’s like the dog laying on the nail. If the pain isn’t great enough we aren’t going to move off it. Turn up the heat and let’s Rock. (By the way, what is the little Twitter plugin you have below. That's cool!) .-= Debbie Wood´s last blog ..Tribe Internet Organization 101 =-.

Dey
Dey

Hi John! Thank you very much for your post, I am agree with you, about my comfort level. Right now, I am trying to go out, I am stablishing goals that are push me give more than my 100%, but I know is the only way that I can reach my great searching to my personal development. Sorry for my english, I speak spanish, so i hope to be clear. Saludos desde México.... .-= Dey´s last blog ..¡ FELICIDADES MUJER ! =-.

jamie
jamie

Great post John! Ranked 2nd on Google if you type in "internal thermostat, PCM". Great job. I loved all the feedback you received as much as the post itself. Of course, everyone answered so intelligently, that I tried to Google it, to add some valuable feedback myself, and came across your blog, so decided just to give you props instead, and congratulate you on a job well done, and thank you for taking the time to teach us how to be better people, and better at what we do! Until the next time, Jamie

Therese Miu
Therese Miu

Thank You John for this powerful statement: “At this very moment in your life you are exactly where you want to be on a spiritual, emotional, financial, and physical level.” It is sooo TRUE. I have been honing down my life in all areas with lots of self-reflection as well as action. I think it is also important to take note that in all levels it does take time and it is a process...That's why going over post like yours is a great reminder that it is a process. And there are incredible options there just like what you mentioned above. Depends what your working on the most and what is currently more important to you in your life. So I thank You for including the following words, "change our internal thermostat through the process of self development and daily disciplines. The self development process is such that when we are studying this material on a daily basis we begin to understand that there is prosperity, joy, and fellowship all around us at all times." I have found that this is the key also to turn up the heat or re-evaluate your life. I have heard that the key to personal development is bring growth oriented than goal oriented. I too love the streaming video "world class library" Thanks for the share John =) .-= Therese Miu´s last blog ..De-Stagnation of your Life =-.

Val Wilcox
Val Wilcox

John, Great article! After years of reacting to life, I am learning to tune in and come from ground and center where life's experiences are concerned. So much better place to operate from. I am constantly pushing my thermostat, life is richer and fuller that way! Thanks so much for sharing, Val .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..The Power of YOU! =-.

Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright

Great post John! This is the second time that I have heard someone mention this concept recently. I wish I could remember who the first person was. You have done such a great job of explaining how it works. I do agree with you that personal development is important to change your internal thermostat. It is crucial to continually expose yourself to materials (of any format) to help you to learn new skills, to think differently and to see the world in new ways. The problem with these changes though is that they take time. It is a gradual process to replace your old thought patterns with new ones. I think that what makes your internal thermostat change faster than anything else is taking action, doing the things that scare you the most. You really need to continue to force yourself to take steps outside of your comfort zone. Think back to the first time that you called a prospective business partner. How fast was your heart beating? How nervous were you? How proud were you when you hung up the phone for taking that HUGE step? What about the first time that you recorded a video? Or the first time you stepped on the stage at one of your business events in front of hundreds or maybe thousands of people? With time and practice, everything gets easier, as long as you get off your butt and do it. It is really hard to make things easier when you are only living in your head. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on a really important topic! .-= Melissa Wright´s last blog ..What I have learned from the Olympics =-.

Beth Allen
Beth Allen

I like my thermostat set to HOT! ;) (I really do, both literally and figuratively!) I actually feel most alive when I'm dancing on the edges of my comfort zone....I think most people do, but the way we choose to interpret the feeling (fear or excitement?) really determines how often we play there. I've always imagined that we have many thermostats ~ a financial thermostat, a relationship thermostat, a health & well-being thermostat, an emotional thermostat, etc. People are willing to set each one to a different temperature, and that shows up in how balanced or un-balanced our life is. A topic I could talk about forever! This is really great information, thanks for sharing it John! .-= Beth Allen´s last blog ..Successful Weight Loss & Long Term Weight Management =-.

Diane L Fisher
Diane L Fisher

Hi John, Really relate to the post!!! I am just about half way through The Answer by John Assaraf. When I first began online about a year ago, I started out by making a mind movie and vision boards. I didn't really know what I was doing, but everyone said I needed to have my goals in order so I started here. After just a few short months, the things on my list of goals were starting to come true. One of the first things was that I quit smoking. Soon after I started having anxiety attacks that I had never had before. I actually went to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack. I didn't realize what was going on until I met John Assaraf for the first time. In reading The Answer, I learned that this is quite a normal reaction to my PCM and that I should embrace it and keep moving forward. Some people think I am crazy when I tell them why I am having the anxiety, so I suggest they read the book. I just wanted to tell you this little story about myself in hopes to help others understand what could be going on if they are experiencing any discomfort. Sometimes it shows up as anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. I am planning on doing a blog about my experiences related to this. Thanks so much for your post John!!! To Our Massive Success Diane .-= Diane L Fisher´s last blog ..Whats My Why? =-.

Miguel Leal cowboy
Miguel Leal cowboy

Man. Great great articule buddy thank you for sharing.... .-= Miguel Leal cowboy´s last blog ..Como Ganar Dinero Con Las Redes Sociales… =-.

Emilio
Emilio

Hey John, Great post! Constant self-development, constant learning, and constant doing. Easier said than done, but that's what keeps people away from achieving big success. Take care, ~Emilio .-= Emilio´s last blog ..¿ Cuánto Te Costó Tu Televisión ? =-.

Kim
Kim

Hi John, Great post! I hadn't heard of the Psycho-Cybernetic Mechanism before. It reminds me of the Critical area of mind that filters whether we will accept or reject incoming information based on the 'knowns' that we have stored at the subconscious level. This contributes to our comfort level / homeostasis. Having a variety of formats to learn from is wonderful as it caters to how different individuals take in information. Until next time -- Take Care :)

John Chatman
John Chatman

Val, It's really funny that you should drop this comment because as of late I have been noticing your posts more and more on FB and was meaning to connect with you on a personal basis. Whatever it is that you are doing is working my dear since it is definitely attracting the right type of people to you!! Keep rockin, John

John Chatman
John Chatman

Melissa, Fantastic comment! The daily disciplines which I spoke of in the article were meant to be action steps that led you towards your final goals so thanks for bringing out that point more clearly. I can clearly feel some of the butterflies in my stomach that I had when I made my first presentation in front of a group of people in front of the room which was very much like my first home meeting that I had held. Obviously I grew from these experiences and now very much look forward to the day that I am speaking in front of 100 people then 1,000 and then 10,000! Am I nervous even thinking about those goals..YES! Are they causing me to grow as a professional..YES. Keep on rockin Melissa, John

John Chatman
John Chatman

Hey Beth! I love your analogy regarding multiple thermostats. There are so many different aspects of our lives that we can push the envelope in that this example fits to a "t". The fact that you have set yours to hot is pretty apparent in the results you are creating in your business and it is a pleasure to welcome you to the blog. I really look forward to developing an even better relationship with you. Keep rockin, John

John Chatman
John Chatman

What a wonderful story Diane. This is a classic example of the PCM trying to maintain it's comfort level whether it be bad for the body or good for the body. The fact that you have recognized the anxiety as just a part of your growth is fantastic. I really support you in your quest to become a better you! Keep rockin, John

John Chatman
John Chatman

Hey Kim, I really appreciate the fantastic input you give here on the blog. Your experience is pretty fantastic and I highly recommend anyone reading this post to take the time to check out your blog. I will catch up with you my dear. Keep rockin, John