I was walking through an office building and saw something.
A thermostat box – locked.
That’s brilliant, I thought.
If they didn’t lock it, one person would think it was too hot, and they’d turn it down.
Later, someone would come by thinking it was too cold, and they’d turn it up.
This story would repeat all day wasting energy and driving up the electric bill. That’s probably how they learned.
Then they wised up and locked it down tight.
Now, no-one can bother it.
You need to lock your thermostat.
Learn state control so people can’t bother you.
You can’t let just anybody walk up and alter your state.
People will want to drop by your desk and make you angry, turning your temperature up.
They’ll make some comment that pours ice water on your enthusiasm, cooling you down.
Why do they do this?
They like to bother people…
Mostly, they don’t have anything better to do. They’re broken and angry and they want everybody else to be angry.
They’re professional victims; they want everybody else to be bitter like them.
Doesn’t really matter. They do it. Just make sure they can’t do it to you.
So how do you lock your thermostat? How do you protect your state?
Go prehistoric. Think the way people did before there was social media, or society at all.
When someone tries to slip some B.S. into your life, don’t let it bother you. Just have these three thoughts in your head.
Do I care about this?
Is it something you’ve thought about before? Is it something that you think about every single day?
Think to yourself, “Have I ever thought about this issue before Susie just brought it up?” “Do I spend a little bit of every day wishing that there were a solution to this?”
No? It’s probably not that important of an issue.
And even if it is, it’s not important to you.
Just forget whatever they’re saying…Blah, blah, blah…
Can I do anything about it?
If you can’t do anything about it, then there’s no sense worrying about it.
As they say in the serenity prayer, “Change the things that can be changed and accept the things that can’t be changed.” If it’s one of those things that can’t be changed, the best thing you can do is to just accept it.
Does this affect my life purpose?
Can you still do everything that you want to do with your life? No reason to get all up-in-arms. If it doesn’t affect your your long-term plan, then all you should hear is blah, blah blah.
Don’t care about it + Nothing you can do about it + Doesn’t affect your long-term plan = BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
Lock your thermostat.