Make & Keep that New Year’s Resolution

January 1st is right around the corner and with millions of Americans making their annual New Year’s resolutions, most experts will tell you things like “go slow” and “reward yourself.” Mental toughness expert Steve Siebold, author of the book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, says there’s much more to it than that – and he says if you follow this advice you’re guaranteed to make your resolutions a reality.

English: Two New Year's Resolutions postcards

What will your resolution be?

Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, getting organized or climbing out of debt, everyone CAN obtain their goals according to Siebold. He says people need to focus on their thoughts, beliefs, philosophies and attitudes – otherwise they are setting themselves up to fail before they even begin.

Here is his top-ten list for people who really want to achieve their 2012 resolutions:

  • Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. Winners have a “whatever it takes” attitude. They’ve made the decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory.
  • Realize that 99% compliance is failure. You wouldn’t cheat on your spouse in a committed relationship, so don’t cheat on something as important as your resolutions.
  • Expect to feel pain or suffer. Most people run into an obstacle and seek escape. Have a plan to push forward when this happens. If you’re not ready to suffer during adversity, you’re not going to be successful.
  • Don’t focus on how to do it, but rather, why should I do it? Why do I want this goal to become a reality? The intensity of emotion with which this question is answered will determine whether the dream comes alive or dies.
  • Get really clear about what you want to change. Don’t just say “I want to lose weight,” but get specific and say “By March 1 I want to lose 15 pounds. I’m going to eat well, exercise each day and get really committed to doing this once and for all.” Setting a timeline will help avoid procrastination.
  • 77% of what we say to ourselves is negative, so don’t give into the negative thoughts that the goal is impossible. Keep asking yourself how can I make this happen?
  • Feed your visions and starve your fears. The best way to do this is by creating a vision board. If you want to lose weight for example, cutout pictures of really fit people and tape them on a poster board. Hang the vision board in a very visible location. This will reinforce the goals into your subconscious.
  • One of the biggest problems is that most people have no means of accountability or a support system in place. Go after your goals with a friend or spouse and keep each other on track.
  • Avoid delusion and operate from objective reality. In other words, realize that making a change is going to be hard work, not a walk in the park.
  • Take risks. Don’t always have a “play it safe” or “stay below the radar” mentality. Without risk, there can be no progress.

Stop caring about what other people think of your goals. Psychologists call it “approval addiction” and once you overcome it to any significant degree, you are free of the psychological chains that bind most people from ever experiencing world-class success.

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Leftovers Again?

I have a confession to make.

For the past several years Save Mart ran a special, during the months of November and December, where if a customer spends $99, they receive a free turkey (up to 19 pounds). I looked forward to their special each year and would make sure I stocked up on groceries during this period of time. On any given year we would earn 3 or even 4 free turkeys.

To tell you the truth, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a whole bird. I have always filled the freezer during the holidays. Which brings me to my confession. I’m so glad I saved this turkey, I picked it up one-year ago at Save Mart, during their Free turkey deal. That turkey was my personal best. I had baked it in a brown paper bag as usual but this year, it was an incredible bird.

I’ll bet you didn’t think a  turkey that had been frozen for over a year would still be good. Did you?

Speaking of turkey… How’s that turkey disappearing? Are you sick of eating cold turkey sandwiches, grilled turkey sandwiches and such? I found the solution to tired old turkey.

Determined not to waste one morsel of this lucious bird, I cut the breast meat off first, pulled apart the carcass and boiled the pieces for several hours to get all the meat off the bone. After allowing it to cool briefly, I picked out the large bones and tossed them in the trash.  A pair of kitchen shears is a huge help during this process.

Using the juices from the bird as a base, add your meat back into the pot (along with the giblet juice, if you saved it) add one packet of brown gravy mix (add per package directions). Mix well and continue simmering.   (Note: I started with a 19 pound turkey, I used only the dark meat and loose pieces of white, not the breast meat, which I set aside.)

Then I add the following ingredients to the pot:

  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Onion powder (or add some grilled, saute’d or raw diced onions if you prefer)
  • 1 package of mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-cans Dennison Chili

I started this on the stove and when it outgrew the pot, I transfered the stew to my large crock pot. Then simmer all day, serving up dishes as needed. My turkey stew simply flew out of the pot.   🙂

Serve this up with some fresh sour dough bread and you’ve got a winner for a cold winters day.

Hey, Save Mart! If you are listening… I spent a lot of money in your store over the holidays because of your free turkeys. I believe a lot of people had a better meal and you had loyal customers. Please consider bringing back your free turkey deal in the future. (If you can afford it) — it’s great for the community — great for your store and it’s healthy eating!

Happy New Year!

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