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★~ “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain
★~ Stick to Resolution Day
Good intentions often fall to the wayside by the second week in January and, 4 out of 5 of us — which equates to millions of individuals –won’t keep the promises we made to our hopeful selfs now that the New Year has started.
Let’s improve our odds. . . The experts at FranklinCovey suggest a few ways to help us hold steady to our resolutions:
Let go of some resolutions,if we made too many.
Check to make sure goals our goals are realistic. Adjust goals as needed.
Pace ourselves, the year is 12 months long.
Rewards for progress.
If we slip up, just recommit and start again.
Celebrate today by encouraging others and ourselves to keep up the, New Year enthusiasm, going strong! YAY US.
★~ Feast of the Fabulous Wild Man Day:
Dionysus, a Greek god born from the thigh of Zeus is often celebrated in January. He is the god of wine and drunken revelry, a patron of the theater and an agricultural/fertility god in Greek mythology. Some consider him one of the original wild men. I did not say WISE men…he did not always make the best choices. Today is the day for all wild men to, drink up, feast and be merry.
★~ It’s Curried Chicken Day!
Curried chicken is a popular dish in Asia, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. The word “curry” is an anglicized version of the Tamil word “kari,” which means “stir-fried.” While we usually associate curried chicken with a hot Indian dish served over rice, there are many other recipes that call for both key ingredients. In England, curried chicken salad is called Coronation Chicken. Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume created the dish for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation banquet in 1953. It has been a popular sandwich filling ever since.
Enjoy Curried Chicken Day by cooking up some curried chicken.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1773 – The first public museum was organized — in Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball.
♥~ 1966 – Batman debuted — on ABC-TV. Adam West starred as Batman and Burt Ward was the Bat-Boy, Robin. Pow! Zork! Crunch! Holy hot cakes, Batman!
♥~ 1971 – All In the Family Based on the success of the British comedy “Till Death Us Do Part,” Norman Lear created CBS’s controversial sitcom “All in the Family.” The series was the first of its kind to realistically portray the prevailing issues and taboos of its time with a wickedly humorous bent. From bigotry to birth control, few topics were considered too sacred to discuss on air. Ultraconservative Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O’Connor) held court from his recliner, spewing invective at any who disagreed with him. Jean Stapleton portrayed Archie’s dutiful wife, Edith. Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner rounded out the cast as Archie’s liberal daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Mike “Meathead” Stivic. The series had a 12-year run.
♥~ 1999 – Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for million to an anonymous bidder. It was the most money ever paid for a sports artifact. McGwire’s ball was retrieved Sep 27, 1998 by 26-year-old research scientist Philip Ozersky, who had been attending the game with a group of office friends from Washington University in St. Louis when the ball came flying at him.
♥~ 2001 – A Missouri man was arrested for dropping his pants and taking a picture of his buttocks on a photocopier — in the crowded lobby of a St. Louis courthouse. The man told police he wanted the copies of his backside as a practical joke for his girlfriend. He was still making copies when police arrived.
♥~ 1981 – Dynasty premiere: The popular ABC prime-time serial focused on the high-flying exploits of the Denver-based Carrington family. The series had a weekly wardrobe budget of $10,000, with many elegant costumes designed by Nolan Miller. In addition to following the juicy story lines, many people tuned in worldwide to view the palatial mansions and lavish sets. John Forsythe played patriarch Blake Carrington, with Linda Evans as his wife, Krystle. Joan Collins played Alexis, Blake’s scheming ex-wife and arch business rival.
♥~ 1951 – Kirstie Alley, Actress (“Cheers”)
♥~ 1951 – Rush Limbaugh, Radio talk show host
♥~ 1952 – Ricky Van Shelton, Country singer,
♥~ 1954 – Howard Stern, Radio talk show host
♥~ 1964 – Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO
♥~ 1992 – HAL, computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke, “born” Urbana, IL.
★~ Did You Know: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun. Here are some idea’s on how to change habits and keep resolutions.
♥~ Focus: One habit at a time, for one month at a time. Devote all of your energy to that habit change, and once it’s on autopilot, move on to the next one. Knock ‘em down one at a time.
♥~ Write it Down: Put your desired change on paper and stick to the plan. Write down how you’re going to be accountable, what your rewards are, what the obstacles are, what your triggers are.
♥~ Commit Big Time: Tell the world about it your goal. Seriously — tell your family, friends, co-workers, your butcher, the guy from your high school who you say hi to when you run into him at the grocery store and who you call “buddy” because you forgot his name. The more people, the better. Make a solemn promise to your child (this worked great when quitting smoking).
♥~ Anticipate obstacles: If you’ve failed before, think about what obstacle stopped you. If you’ve never done this habit change before, do some research and read about others who’ve succeeded and failed at it, and find out what obstacles you should expect. Then make a plan for what you’ll do when you face the obstacles.
♥~ Be Consistent: Try not to miss a single day. because once you miss once, you’ll be tempted to miss another time, and then a third, and then you’ve got nothing.
♥~ Quitting: If you do miss once, or twice or three times, don’t give up. Just figure out why you missed, and plan to beat that obstacle next time. Then be as consistent as possible from then on out, until the habit is ingrained.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday. Now, I need to get out there and start making some changes! Kudo’s to Dawn for Starting! ….Want to go for a run?
I am running like a wild women out the door this morning. El Morno is not a tardy excuse for Cole’s school… If there are errors, omissions, awkward sentences, more misspelled words than usual, commas are lacking, periods are missing…please forgive me. I will fix when I come back home.
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