Thinking Success

By?Mark Turrieta???

In your house you have a thermostat. Simply put, the thermostat is a device that is designed to work in conjunction with other devices in your house to keep the temperature in your house at a constant, desired level.

If the temperature in your house starts to go over the setting on the thermostat, the air conditioner will turn on to bring it back down. If the temperature drops below the setting, the heater will turn on to bring it back up.

You set the thermostat for a temperature that is comfortable to you. Let me say that in another way: YOU are in charge of the temperature in your house.

Your mental thermostat works in a similar fashion. It has settings that were set by you, settings that are within your comfort zone. In other words, YOU are in charge of the settings of your mental thermostat. Those settings can, and most likely, include income and income potential, relationships, self-esteem, happiness, and a whole host of other areas.

For instance, let’s say that you’ve subconsciously set your mental thermostat at an income of $40,000 per year, which is what you’re currently earning. You’ve told your subconscious that you don’t deserve to earn more than that because that’s what your father earned, or that’s what your circle of friends earn, or that’s what the average is for your job in your area of the country, etc. Chances are that you won’t ever earn much more than that, because if you do your mental thermostat is going to see to it that your income is brought back down to your more comfortable level.

The same holds true for just about any area of your life. You are unable to maintain a satisfying relationship with someone because you’ve told your subconscious that you aren’t good enough. You struggle with depression because you believe you don’t deserve to be happy or successful. You’re in a professional rut because “it’s work. You’re not supposed to like work.”

So what you need to do is raise the settings on your mental thermostat. Believe that you can earn $60-, $80-, or $100,000 per year. Tell yourself that you deserve to be happy. Let it become ingrained in your subconscious that you can be successful.

Some of you will remember a character on Saturday Night Live played by Al Franken. The character’s name was Stuart Smalley. He was a therapy-aholic who was always using one affirmation or another. And while the character was designed to make fun of people addicted to 12-step programs, if you look past the humor, he did have some good advice.

Affirmations are what you can use to raise those settings. As hokey as it may sound, affirmations work. And by using affirmations, you are programming your subconscious.

Your subconscious is a powerful thing, but it doesn’t make policy. It only follows the rules you have given it. If you are content to allow your subconscious to run on autopilot, without ever giving it guidance, your life will be determined by the thousands of advertisements you are bombarded with every day, and by all the negative people around you.

So adjust the settings on your mental thermostat, and live the life you were meant to live.

Mark Turrieta, a network marketer, has been training folks on how to perform better for over 15 years. To learn more about the business that makes him want to get out of bed every morning, visit

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