I first heard this analogy used by Tim Elmore...the thermometer and thermostat. This simple analogy will help your team members easily identify how they respond to adversity, and understand how their response impacts the team. Share it with them and ask them how they can respond more like a thermostat!
Think about the last time your team experienced adversity. Maybe it was a major change (like losing your head coach or boss) that killed morale for a months. Or maybe it was losing a game that had a negative impact on your team for just a day.
Either way, people tend to respond to adversity as a thermometer or thermostat.
A thermometer reflects the temperature of its environment. It simply reacts. If it's hot, the thermometer changes to hot. If it's cold, the thermometer changes to cold. The thermometer has no influence or impact on its environment. It just reflects and reacts to the environment.
On the other hand, a thermostat regulates the temperature. If the weather is cold, the thermostat will add warm air. If it's too hot, the thermostat will add cold air. The thermostat has clear boundaries and knows exactly when to warm or cool its environment. Its job is to impact and change the environment based on its own set of standards.
The main difference is...a thermometer is controlled by its environment. A thermostat creates its environment.
Every day you are presented with opportunities to be controlled by your environment or create it. Which will you choose?
Pass this along to a teammate that has your back and will help you be more like a thermostat!