Consciously or subconsciously, everybody has a success thermometer that they strive to live up to every day. Everybody’s definition of success differs from person to person. People have a way of reacting toward whether these goals are met or not. Some days, one can pursue it too much, too little, or just the right amount. How hot should the kettle be in order to reach a boiling point? And just how do we keep it boiling?
Metaphors aside, life coach, Chris Craddock, cites some real-life situations that depict this exact dilemma. In this episode, he gives us a glimpse of what could be possible if we changed our mental thermostat. Not only that, but he also enumerates the 3 steps on how to achieve it. Let’s see how mindset can go a long way if one has the capacity to change it.
Leveling Up – 3 Steps To Changing Your Financial Temperature To Achieve Massive Success
I am here to help everybody that is bringing in leads to make sure they make the most of everything they’re doing. If you’re like most investors, I talk to investors every single day. Some of them are making no money, losing money, making it a little bit and a small few are killing it. The ones that are killing it tend to be making the most of every opportunity that they have. I’m prescribing and I am here to help you level up in your real estate investing business. I’m going to help you make the best of everything you have in every episode that I bring to you.
I’m going to help you with one of the things that I’ve worked on myself like crazy and it’s called leveling up. The reason I want to do this is because as I’m recording this, we’re in January 2022. We’re looking at the rest of this year saying, “How can I make the best of everything that I have? How can I make 2022 amazing?”
If you’re anything like me, I’ve gotten into some thermostat battles. My wife likes to keep the house a little warmer than I do. We go back and forth. I’ve given up on that battle. The house tends to be a little bit warmer than I want it to be most of the time. On vacation is the only time that I fight my battles because I like to go to places like the Caribbean, where it’s warm and we’re at the beach. When I go into the hotel room, I want to be in an icebox. I want to turn that sucker down so far. That’s the only place that I win.
I also fight for the vacation side of the bed. Any guys out there have no vacation side, pop me a quick message and let me know on Instagram @Craddrock. Let me know if you’re a vacation sider too, which means the opposite side of the bed where you’re sleeping normally at home. We all have a thermostat in our house and when it’s too hot, we do one of three things. One, we sit there and say, “This stinks.” Number two, if it’s too hot, we shed clothes. We strip down into whatever it is, like a t-shirt, shorts or whatever. Number three, we do something about it. We move the thermostat.
How do we change out mindset? There are three pieces: input, associations, affirmations.
I’m talking to you about this because for everybody reading this, we all have a success thermostat and blueprint. One of the things that I’ve struggled with ever since college is because when I was in college, I was playing rugby and I had a reason to work out. I was fit and it was great. I see myself as a person, so I work out all the time. For anybody out there reading, abs start in the kitchen.
I needed to start getting fit and I was working on that. I did 75 hard, which if anybody has ever done that, you know it’s great. The thing about 75 hard was, on the scale, I was at 194. That’s where I was sitting, which was a little overweight. I wasn’t obese, but I was a little overweight. At 194, every time I got on the scale and it was above that, I’m like, “I need to eat better.” I will bring it down. Every time it was below that, I’m like, “Sweet, I can eat a couple of extra pieces of pizza now.”
I would change what I ate and my intake to be where I saw my blueprint weight was, but I don’t know why my blueprint weight was there. I couldn’t change it. When I did the 75 hard, I had a new vision of who I was and who I was becoming. Now, I look at the scale and it’s 185. That’s where I want to be. I start seeing some of my abs.
I normally cook because I love to cook for the family. My wife was cooking but doesn’t like to cook that much. She decided to cook something healthy and make something in the crockpot. It was all this vegetable stuff, some vegan thing. I’m a carnivore man. I looked at this and I was like, “What is this? Is this rabbit food? This is the food that my food eats.” That’s how I felt.
I gave myself an excuse to go back because it didn’t feel like that much because it was all vegetables to go back and eat seconds, which that’s one of the big things for me in 75 hard. I was like, “No seconds.” I eat what I have in front of me. That was the big thing there. I did that. I got on the scale and I was a 187. I realized I had broken my rules. I had to eat better because I knew I needed to bring my weight down.
For you, I’m going to say this, “You have a success thermometer.” Maybe that success thermometer is that you make $25,000 a year. Maybe that success thermometer is that you make $2.5 million a year or somewhere in between that. What I’m going to tell you is when you are doing more than what you believe you should be doing, you are going to self-sabotage. When you do less than you believe that you should be doing, you’re going to work harder to start pushing yourself back to where you think your blueprint belongs, where your thermometer is or where your thermostat is.
The reality is you may keep your thermostat lower. Let’s say you’re making $50,000 a year and you’re like, “I’m a six-figure person.” It’s just like me at the beginning where I was talking about the thermostat where you have three options. One, you can sit there and say, “I’m making $50,000. This stinks.” Number two is you can adjust to it and say, “This stinks, but I’ll figure out how to live on $50,000.” Three, you can adjust your thermometer and thermostat.
How do you adjust your thermostat? Will you adjust your thermostat by getting your mind right? How do we change our mindset? There are three pieces to that. One is input, one is associations and one is affirmations. Input, what am I putting into my mind? The way to change that is by doing stuff like you’re doing right now.
You are the average of the five people that you hang with.
I would say this, “Until you hit your goal. Don’t listen to music again.” I know some of you guys love music. I love music too. I played the guitar like crazy. I love music, but you need to put that down for a little while. Take this time to figure out how to level up. YouTube videos, all the stuff and everything you’re doing, do whatever it takes to level up. I’m going to show you why this works.
Look around your room. Look for everything that’s blue. If you’re driving, look for anything that’s blue. If you’re driving, don’t do the next part. The next part is to close your eyes and now tell me everything in the room that’s green. Here’s the crazy thing. You don’t know that because your mind is always filtering things out. That’s what your mind is doing. There is air touching your face. You’re not thinking about the fact that you breathe in and breathe out. You’re not thinking about the fact, the fabric or whatever the seat is that you’re sitting on right now. You’re not thinking that it is touching you. You’re not thinking about the taste in your mouth.
There are all of these things that we’re not thinking about because there are billions of data points that are hitting our bodies all the time. If we were thinking about every single one of them, our brain would go insane. You’d be locked up. You can’t do it. The things that your brain tells you are important, all of a sudden, you start noticing. Let me show you how I know that this is true. What happened the last time you bought the car that you own? All of a sudden, every time you look on the road, you see the car that you have all over the place. I bought a Ford Raptor a few years ago. I love that truck. It’s my dream truck. All of a sudden, I see Ford Raptors everywhere I go. right? That is it.
That is what we’re we’re doing. It’s called the reticular activating system. What that means is we tell our minds what is important to us. When we tell our minds that I am leveling up, I’m going to go from $50,000 to $100,000. I’m going to go from $100,000 to $500,000 or I’m a seven-figure earner. Whatever that number is for you, you have got to tell yourself. You got to see that and then your mind will start picking up the things like right now.
Hopefully, you’re seeing this that you can train your mind to decide that you are leveling up. This is how we change that thermostat. Somebody is going to want to turn it down. All the people around you are going to want to turn it down because they want you to be who you’ve been because that’s comfortable. It’s uncomfortable when you change. They want you to be who you are, but you’ve got to fight it. You’ve got to fight to be the person that you know you were created to be. That is so important right now.
Especially at the beginning of the year, when you have the willpower and you have the desire to change, make it happen. One is input and two is associations. I got into that. You’ve got to find people that are going to level you up. You got to find people that your heart burns inside when you talk to them. They’re saying, “There’s something about this person that makes me want to be a better version of myself.”
Those are the people you got to get around. You got to be around people that are thinking about their business, leveling up, dreaming big and pushing you to be better. Those are the people that you need to hang out with because I’ll tell you, “Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future. Show me your friends, I’ll show you your bank account. Show me your friends, I’ll show you your waistline.” That is it. You will be the average of the five people you hang with.
The last thing is affirmations. Bear with me. I’ll tell you, “What is wrong with me? Come on.” What we say to ourselves is true. Did you hear what I said? “What is wrong with me?” Right there, the way we talk to ourselves, we’re all a little crazy. Let’s be honest. We all have that crazy, but the crazy inside of us that we all have, we talk to ourselves. How do we talk to ourselves? What is your brand of crazy? Is your brand of crazy that you talk to yourself and say, “You got it. Come on. Let’s go,” or is your crazy like, “You suck. You’re never going to be anything.”
If you want to change your mindset, if you want to change your success thermometer, you’ve got to see it, taste it, touch it, and feel it.
I love binge-watching Netflix shows at night right before bed. Sometimes it’s bad if I get hooked on the stuff, but I still wake up early. It’s important to wake up early and get to the day. We were watching Last Chance U. There was this running back and his mom was his personal hype squad. Even now, my wife and I will joke because we love it and we want to do it. We want to be this for our kids and the people around us. For whatever reason, she would always say, “Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp.” I have no idea what that means.
Every time she cheered her son off, “Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp.” She was his personal hype squad. That’s what I know we need in our lives around us, but we also need to be our own personal hype squad. You have got to be saying, “You can do this. Let’s roll. Let’s rock.” It’s called peak state. Performance athletes get into this. Anybody that’s ever been an athlete knows when you have been in the peak state, you know what that’s like.
Part of that is speaking to yourself, speaking that truth, hyping yourself up, getting ready to go. To change how you see yourself, you got to change your mindset. To change your mindset, it’s input, associations and affirmations. Finally, the last piece that you got to understand is if you want to change your mindset and success thermometer, you’ve got to see it, taste it, touch it and feel it. It’s got to be real. You’ve got to sit down and get the fog out. The only way to do it is to meditate on that, think on it, and understand.
There are some things that I would like to see happen in my life. I cannot even believe it. Several years ago, I was in ministry doing what I love to do. To buy Christmas presents for my family, I was trying to sell my blood to NIH because I was making little money in ministry. I loved doing what I did, and I still do it. Now I’m able to do it for free, which I was doing it close to free, to be honest.
Now, I have the freedom to do any of the stuff that I want to do. Even now, sometimes some of that old way of thinking about the time that we needed to buy a brush for our dog and we’re down to coins, looking at coins to try to scrape up $7 to go to PetSmart to buy a brush for the dog. Sometimes that still comes back and haunts me and says, “Chris, that’s who you are.” It whispers these lies into my ear.
You got to fight off those lies. You can’t allow that. You got to sit there, break through the fog, be able to see it because I’ll tell you, “If you can see where the goal line is, you can budge the ball through into the goal line. If you can’t see the goal line, you’re going to be sitting there your whole life trying to figure out where you’re going to go. You’re going to look like my Washington football team.” You’re not going to be able to find it in the end zone.
That’s the whole deal. You have to be able to see where you’re going or not going to know where the first down is and where the end zone is if you don’t sit down and think about it, clear the fog, and see yourself doing it. There are studies that prove this. There is a book called Psycho-Cybernetics. If you’ve never read it, they talk about this over again, “When you see it in your mind, you can make things happen.”
There was a study done that showed a sample subject of these people that visualize themselves shooting free throws over and over again. The ones that sat there visualizing it had almost as much success as the people that spent hours doing it. What happens if you visualize it and you do it? It’s lightning in a bottle. That is how we win.
With that said, I want you to level up. I want everybody in the world that I’m in. I have a goal to make sure that I make multimillionaires around me. That is what I care about. If you are bringing in leads, you need to monetize those leads 100%. You need to make the most money for it. You can figure out how to give it to a real estate agent and hope the real estate agent does well. Maybe it will take you 6 months, 1 year, 5 years or whatever. You can figure it out.
The reason why I paid for coaching and products is for speed because I know that if I can get where I want to go faster, usually it’s because somebody that’s been there shows me how to do that. That’s what I want to do for any of you guys. If you guys are bringing in leads and want to make the most of them, I would love to spend some time with you. I would love to find out whether this is a good fit for your business. Go to my website at ChrisCraddock.com. Click Apply. See if we can help you monetize those dead leads. Make the most of those dead leads and turn them into $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $50,000 a month, whatever it is and make that happen.
Also, I want to help people level up. If there are any questions, anything I can answer, you want to reach out to me directly. I answer my own Instagram page. Sometimes I’m slow about it. I’m sorry for those of you that have sent me messages that I haven’t replied to. I’m caught up now, but I am answering all of these messages personally because I had people do that for me.
Go to my Instagram page, @Craddrock, which is an old, cheesy high school nickname I probably should change, but I prefer to embrace the cheese. I’m a dad, so I like that cheesy dad joke stuff. That’s the deal there. Send me a message and I would love to help anybody here. All the folks here at the Wholesaling Inc. family are committed to your success. We want you to win. We know that as you get better, we all get better together. Let’s level up. Let’s win. Let’s make 2022 the best year ever. Go live on. Peace.
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About Chris Craddock
A nationally certified Life Coach in Leadership and top 20 in all of Keller Williams Realty International, Chris Craddock is the host of the Uncommon Real Estate Podcast, a Realtor, and entrepreneur who runs multiple successful businesses in the Washington DC Metro area (and Richmond, VA). Chris and his companies consistently bring in over 5 Million in revenue year after year. His team, The Redux Group, sold just over $160 million in volume in 2020. Chris has been married for 20 years and is the proud father to six beautiful children.