Module 5.4 – All

Module 5.4 - Things can change for the better

Would you call yourself a thermostat or a thermometer in your daily life? Journal of your answer and how you display that answer. Have you experienced the value of positive speaking and hopefulness? Does our culture today encourage thermometer or thermostat mindsets? How do we resist being trapped in a cultural mindset and stand out in the midst of any cultural mindset?
Journal about your last three conversations with friends or family. Was the content of these conversations hopeful or negative? Be honest of the tone. Is there room for improvement on your part in those conversations by intentionally working to be a thermostat and not a thermometer? Review if there are any core issues that make it difficult for you to speak hopefully about any of the topics in those conversations.
As we’ve been talking about the story you are telling yourself about yourself, have you found core beliefs that need to change? Write about those in your Core Journal. Inventory your daily input. What are you listening to, watching, or reading? Are those inputs bringing hope or dark cynicism? Are they helping or inhibiting your sense of well-being? Try changing something in your daily routine for a few days – the news you watch or the radio or podcasts to which you listen. Share in your Core Journal of how you felt before and after that change.

Name: Micah Ruiz Esparza

I do feel like our culture is set to be a thermometer. Everyone complains about things but no one does anything about it. One of the problems with that is our capitalistic world doesn’t give people much time to do anything outside of work. If work takes up all of my time and I don’t even have moments to think about who I am and what I have to offer, I definitely won’t have time to go invest in my community and make a difference. To lead people to be part of change, I feel like you have to break their rhythm. You have to show how this problem affecting them can be changed and show them how they can change one thing in their schedule to give room for making a difference. Maybe instead of watching 2 hours of Netflix tonight, they can go out and be a part of this event that is spreading awareness or raising funds for something.

The last few conversations were probably regarding COVID. My parents just got over it and it was a frustrating process because they are antivaxers, take non-recommended medication from their one rouge doctor friend, and then try to brag to me why it’s a good thing. So the conversations are awkward and rooted in their mistrust for the experts but their complete trust in their doctor which almost sent my mom to the hospital (yet she would never admit that). I struggle to find hope in convincing people who are so dead set in their beliefs. Not brr because I need to win an argument but because it’s affecting other people’s lives. My parents are definitely on the thermometer side and I have recently been trying to be different just with my TikTok and music creation. I’m leaning into those hard conversations and trying to bring light to them.

I definitely think I am becoming a thermostat. Through this journey and through the core leaders network, I’m starting to see my gifts and how they can make an impact. I’m starting to really pursue those things in hopes that they make the impact that I want to make. I am someone who is always changing things in my life and even just my schedule is changing constantly so I always have opportunities to try new things!

Would you call yourself a thermostat or a thermometer in your daily life? Journal of your answer and how you display that answer. Have you experienced the value of positive speaking and hopefulness? Does our culture today encourage thermometer or thermostat mindsets? How do we resist being trapped in a cultural mindset and stand out in the midst of any cultural mindset?
Journal about your last three conversations with friends or family. Was the content of these conversations hopeful or negative? Be honest of the tone. Is there room for improvement on your part in those conversations by intentionally working to be a thermostat and not a thermometer? Review if there are any core issues that make it difficult for you to speak hopefully about any of the topics in those conversations.
As we’ve been talking about the story you are telling yourself about yourself, have you found core beliefs that need to change? Write about those in your Core Journal. Inventory your daily input. What are you listening to, watching, or reading? Are those inputs bringing hope or dark cynicism? Are they helping or inhibiting your sense of well-being? Try changing something in your daily routine for a few days – the news you watch or the radio or podcasts to which you listen. Share in your Core Journal of how you felt before and after that change.

Name: Jill West

I’m definitely a thermostat and, while I work hard to ensure I’m changing temperatures for the good, there have been many times in my life where I changed them negatively.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m guilty of toxic positivity and I’m working to ensure a balance. I know we talked about this in our last one-on-one session. Sometimes always looking at the bright side can seem dismissive for where someone is in that moment. I can end up being no better than the person saying “God has a plan” to someone in crisis. I recognize it and I probably beat myself up unnecessarily over it because others don’t feel that way overall - even if they may in one conversation occasionally. In the go to person for a lot of people and I’m supportive, understanding and empathetic. Sometimes it’s a bit much for me to handle and I’m in the process of stepping back from some obligations so I can focus on what I want to do in order to bring meaning and purpose into my life and into the world.

In my last three conversations, I definitely tried to be more real and have less of a savior position in the interaction. I’ve made it a point to ask for more from others than usual and it’s working out pretty well. As it turns out, those I’ve helped are honored to be there for me. Who knew? Lol

Would you call yourself a thermostat or a thermometer in your daily life? Journal of your answer and how you display that answer. Have you experienced the value of positive speaking and hopefulness? Does our culture today encourage thermometer or thermostat mindsets? How do we resist being trapped in a cultural mindset and stand out in the midst of any cultural mindset?
Journal about your last three conversations with friends or family. Was the content of these conversations hopeful or negative? Be honest of the tone. Is there room for improvement on your part in those conversations by intentionally working to be a thermostat and not a thermometer? Review if there are any core issues that make it difficult for you to speak hopefully about any of the topics in those conversations.
As we’ve been talking about the story you are telling yourself about yourself, have you found core beliefs that need to change? Write about those in your Core Journal. Inventory your daily input. What are you listening to, watching, or reading? Are those inputs bringing hope or dark cynicism? Are they helping or inhibiting your sense of well-being? Try changing something in your daily routine for a few days – the news you watch or the radio or podcasts to which you listen. Share in your Core Journal of how you felt before and after that change.

Name: inpower testing

testing journal entry for mod5 pt4 @745

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