Mometrix - January 2019

STRATEGIES TOKEEPMOTIVATED ANDSTAYONTARGET IN2019

Focus on Your Mind, Body, and Soul Think positive thoughts! When you teach yourself to think optimistically, you act in a beneficial way and your positivity grows. Just as you should focus on keeping your mind positive, you should do the same for your body with nutritional food choices and exercise. After all, your body converts food into energy, which is used to process your thoughts and keep you moving. Keep an Eye on Outside Influences Avoid people who don’t contribute to your life in a healthy and helpful way. We all know someone who misdirects our focus, energy, and time. Instead, surround yourself with people who are motivated and have a positive outlook. Energy is often shared, and when your peers are motivated, it’s easier for you to be, too. Be Goal-Oriented and Intentional You should always have goals in place and be mindful of them, but you don’t need to be rigid in setting or maintaining those ambitions. When striving for a specific outcome, having flexibility allows you to adapt to changing circumstances. At the same time, when you work through your goals, you want to do it with purpose. Don’t do anything that gets you off track and wastes your time and energy. Recognize Your Personal Responsibility Your goals, actions, and results are yours, and you should own them. If something goes awry and you lose focus, don’t come up with an excuse to cover it up. Recognize the issue, learn from it, and examine your mistake

without dwelling too much on guilt or blame. Then continue to push forward toward your goals.

Exceed Your Limitations Here’s something you should do every single day: Take steps outside of your comfort zone. After each accomplished goal, set the bar higher for the next. This adds to your ambitions, helps propel you forward, and leaves you better than you were yesterday. Let Your Failures Be Your Guide When you are afraid of failure, it’s hard to achieve much. Use the time after missteps to reflect and understand what went wrong. Understand why the endeavor failed. They’re learning experiences, and they should be embraced. Take what you glean from your failures and apply them to your future goals, transforming your undertakings into successful ambitions.

CHICKEN CHOP SUEY

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INGREDIENTS

2 large or 4 medium chicken thighs 3 pounds bok choy, cut into 3–4-inch ribbons 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons oyster sauce

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2 teaspoons sugar

with the results? How can I challenge myself? How can I be a better father, husband, employee, manager, or friend? These are just a few of the questions I ask as I think about the goals I want to accomplish. Then, beyond that, I make a point to consistently think about those goals. I ponder my aims every day and take a close look at what I’m doing as I work toward those achievements. Sometimes I need to correct course or reevaluate a goal, and that’s okay. What do you want to accomplish this month, this year, or over the next few years? When it comes to setting goals and working toward them, the possibilities are endless. We are each in charge of what happens to us; we just have to make it happen! Here’s to a happy new year! –Ja y Willi s

2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 4 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

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Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. In large pot, boil three cups of water. Add chicken and reduce to simmer, cooking for 30 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Once cooled, remove skin and bones, chop, and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid. 2. In a large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil. Once simmering, add bok choy and cook for 1 minute, stirring throughout. Add half of reserved cooking liquid, cover skillet, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to a plate. 3. Add remaining cooking liquid and chicken to the pan, maintaining high heat. Heat chicken, then add oyster sauce, sugar, cornstarch-and-water mixture, sesame oil, and bok choy. Season to taste, toss together, and serve over rice. Inspired by The New York Times

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