The Thermostat Season 2 Kickoff Ep 1: Be vs Do

The same thing happens every New Year. We rush to set goals for all the things we’re going to DO in the year ahead. The most effective leaders, teams and organizations let their Being drive their Doing. Start your year off more effectively and rooted. In this episode, Jason reflects on New Year’s goals and why we so often leave those goals behind as the year goes on. The season 2 kickoff begins with a conversation on what to expect for this season and how to connect and amplify these messages.


3:20 – New Year’s Goals: The New Year represents a new beginning. Setting resolutions and goals are based on what we WANT to do not what we REALLY do. 70-80% of NY Resolutions quit within 3-4 weeks.

6:10 – The focus: Shifting our mind from what we want to do from what we want to be. Root in doing to achieve your goals; don’t focus on a task but who we want to become.

7:40 – The most successful people are rooted in their being. Jason talks about what the methodology is behind some of the most successful people; the being drives the doing.

8:35 – Learn how to be healthier by shifting your focus. Workout schedules, diets, meditation, all parts to the whole but the focus is key for a true change to happen. Jason goes into detail about the focus one needs to shift their mindset to achieve their goals.

10:10 – Jason shares his personal goals for the New Year and who he wants to be. Do you want to be a strong person? Do you want to give? What do you support in this world? Jason has clearly defined goals, thoughts, and feelings for how to BE that person.

14:20 – An invitation to you, the listener for this New Year.

14:50 – Questions to ponder:

   1. Who do you want to BE in this New Year?

     2. What will you do as a strategy to bring that being to life?

     3. Set mile markers to create habits to make this happen this year.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision and values.