It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat!

We’ve all experienced times in our lives where we are tested, often to what seems our very limits, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The outcome is determined by the strength of our character, how grounded we are in our core values, and our personal choices about how we respond to stress, overwhelm or adversity.

Well these past few weeks have been one of those times for me, and while I’m EXHAUSTED, because of my commitment, not just my desire, but my commitment to achieving certain results in my life, I am actually on Cloud 9, filled with love, blessings and abundance, despite the tests and the exhaustion!

You might be wondering, how is that possible?

Without going in to too long of a song and dance, suffice to say that I am roughly 6 weeks away from welcoming baby #2 into our family, we just moved across the country and bought our first home in Austin, TX, and moved in about 10 days ago (yeah!), my mom turned 65 this past weekend and we had already planned houseguests and celebrations extraordinaire for 4 days straight AND to add icing to the cake, I experienced a very unexpected shake up and massive transition in my business that required significant and immediate time, energy and decisiveness.  Phew!

So while I always like to give everything my 100%, I knew that I needed to muster up more than that if I was going to pull all of this off.  And so I reflected on a book I read last year sometime, and it’s corresponding amazing video, 212 Degrees.

The premise is based on the notion that raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine.  At 211 degrees, water is hot …. at 212 degrees, it boils.  And with boiling water comes steam …. And steam can power a locomotive!

So what does this mean in translation?

It is a beautiful metaphor for our focused actions ~ reminding us that consistently pushing ourselves to make the extra effort, even just one degree of extra effort, can make extraordinary differences!

Watch this awesome and beautiful video to get a glimpse into just how powerful this principle really is….

So you are now aware!  And with awareness, comes responsibility….to yourself and others.

As the video says, It’s YOUR life.  YOU are responsible for your results.

And because I know this, and care about creating extraordinary results… business, for my family, for my life, in the world….this past 10 days has been about seriously TURNING UP THE HEAT!

So I cranked it up to 212 degrees…..

212 degrees of Service

212 degrees of Attitude

212 degrees of Leadership

212 degrees of Kindness (and Patience!) 😉

212 degrees of Commitment

212 degrees of Belief

212 degrees of Focus

212 degrees of Perseverance

And like I said, I’m exhausted, but because of my extra, focused action, my cup runneth over! 🙂

I’d like to leave you with an excerpt from the book that sums this all up perfectly ….. it is called “And then some….” By Carl Holmes

“And then some….these 3 little words are the secret to success.  They are the difference between average people and top people in most companies.  The top people always do what is expected….and then some.  They are thoughtful of others, they are considerate and kind….and then some.  They meet their responsibilities fairly and squarely….and then some.  They are good friends and helpful neighbors….and then some.  They can be counted on in an emergency….and then some.  I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world a better place.  Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words….and then some.”

So what are YOU willing to do today, that you’ve never done before?  What extra degree of heat (effort), of persistent and additional action, are you willing to apply to whatever task or activity you are currently undertaking in order to achieve the exponential benefits that this principle makes possible?

It’s time to TURN UP THE HEAT!!!

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67 Responses to “It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat!”

  1. Better busy than bored, right? 🙂 I agree with your mum completely! Thanks for the well wishes, Sadie, and yes, our home is starting to really feel like home. 🙂


  2. Glad to hear it, Stevie! I love spreading happiness! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, and so glad that you loved the video…powerful indeed!


  3. Hi Willie~ thanks so much. I agree, at least I know for myself, I thrive when I have A LOT going on. I take my time to quiet my mind (meditation, exercise, yoga) every day, so that when I am engaged I can be FULLY engaged. The balance is what allows me to handle the adversity that arises as well…..turning up the heat always feels great! 🙂


  4. It is a powerful concept, glad to introduce it to you Anne! Thanks for your support, glad you enjoyed the awesome video. 🙂


  5. You’re most welcome, Jill! It’s great advice indeed, enjoy! 🙂


  6. Thanks Chloe, yes, this book is incredibly inspiring, enjoy! 🙂


  7. So are you saying you have a project for me, Trevor? Bring it on! 😉 Really, thanks for your kind words and support!


  8. Thanks so much for your kind words and support ~ and yes, 212 degrees is a great approach indeed! 🙂


  9. Hi Beth,

    Wow, what a fantastic article and timely for me! The metaphor of turning water into steam by 1 degree is incredible. I can see how pushing up the heat will create the momentum needed to not just meet mediocrity but to forge ahead with force and empowerment to superiority.

    I am on my own path to personal development which must come first in order for my overall life improves and spills into all areas and environments to allow me to reach the goals I have set in my personal and professional life.

    When we are exerting, rather than reverting, we will gain the energy to keep going further ahead. It’s natural physics, just as water changes to steam!

    Congratulations on your new addition to your family. You have so much ahead of you. My almost 18 year old is graduating from high school next week and my 22 year old has been accepted to a University to receive her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture. I am only pointing this out because they grow so fast, in the blink of eye . It doesn’t seem like it at the time, but you will see what I mean.

    So I am cranking up to 212 degrees…..Service, Attitude, Leadership,Kindness (and Patience!),Commitment, Belief, Focus and Perseverance.

    Thanks Beth!

    Raena Lynn


    bethallen Reply:

    It is an amazing metaphor that really shines a light on how powerful a difference can me made by those willing to put in just a LITTLE extra effort. I’m glad you found this post timely for you, Raena Lynn ~ that’s always the best when that happens. And I agree that to achieve our goals both personally and professionally, we MUST consistently work on ourselves. So glad you’re on your path…watch out world! 🙂

    Thanks for the words of support ~ I do know that it goes fast, my 3 1/2 year old is such a big boy now and it is sometimes seems like I blink my eyes and he’s a year older! Sounds like you have some great adventures ahead with your children ~ happy graduation to the younger one and congratulations to the older! 🙂


  10. I’m inspired by the video and your words. I guess I need to shift to a higher gear to exert more effort on my work towards success. By the way congrats to your #2, hope he/she will be healthy and good looking too.


    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Jason, glad to hear it inspired you to make a shift into a higher gear ~ enjoy the ride and the success that is sure to come from your extra effort! And thank you… #2 is a boy and I’m sure he’ll be healthy and good looking like his big brother and daddy! 🙂


  11. Hey Beth,

    What a great post…you have certainly had a lot on your plate recently and you have stepped up and gone that extra mile.

    I appreciate everything you do and look forward to a very bright future where we strive to not only push ourselves but to also inspire and help others do that little bit more and to help them achieve their dreams too.

    Thank you for being you,

    Your Friend,
    Beth 🙂


    bethallen Reply:

    Aww, thanks Beth! I too appreciate everything you do and the way you manage everything on your plate ~ I think that’s why we’re natural sisters! 🙂 Bright skies ahead for sure!


  12. Sweet analogy Beth! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Responsible awareness leads right into opportunity and making choices that lead to positive results.There’s nothing like turning up the heat or lighting a fire under ourselves for extreme motivation in getting things done. It’s especially useful when we have a lot on our plate or working under pressure.

    You’re so right Beth, when we crank it up we can achieve extraordinary results. The feeling of satisfaction we get from our accomplishments is an added bonus!


  13. Hi, I really like the site…It’s look quite interesting..Thank for the post…Hope to hear more from you…


  14. Good work! I always like to leave comments whenever I see something unusual or impressive. I think we must appreciate those who do something especial. Keep it up, thanks


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