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Keeping your New Year's resolution can be a challenge. What is the key to success?
Nashville, Ark. – Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you are like most
Americans you will have good intentions of losing weight, getting healthier, exercising
more, spending less, and the list can go on and on. The problem is that we may keep
it up for a week or two, but most of us have failed to make our New Year’s resolutions
stick. When this happens too often, we may decide to not make any resolutions at all.
It is important to remember the saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” In
any major challenge, the key to success lies in persistence.
Consider this: Henry Ford the founder of the first automobile and the
Ford Motor Company went bankrupt twice before he invented the “horseless carriage”.
Abraham Lincoln lost nine out of eleven elections. In helping to save France, the
teenager Joan of Arc persistently listened to her inner guidance and pushed through
one major obstacle after another. In creating the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison
went through hundreds of failed experiments.
So if you’ve tried to reach a worthwhile goal in past years and haven’t
yet succeeded, you’re in some mighty good company. Refuse to be discouraged. Know
that success is within your reach. Light up your face with a smile, and keep on giving
it your best!
Here are a few extra tips for keeping those New Year’s resolutions:
No stranger to difficulties and setbacks, Abraham Lincoln once said these words of
wisdom and encouragement: “You can have anything you want – if you want it badly enough.
You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold
to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
I hope your reach all your goals in 2017. If the University of Arkansas Cooperative
Extension Service can be of assistance to you in the coming year, please don’t hesitate
to give us a call at 870-845-7517. Happy New Year!
Black-eyed peas are a symbol of good luck. According to tradition if you
eat some on New Year’s Day you will have good luck all year long. Here is a tasty
way to make sure you get your share of good luck this year.
2 cans Black-eyed Peas, drained
1 cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (optional)
½ cup of your favorite Italian-style dressing
Open peas. Rinse and drain peas in a colander. Chop onion and green pepper.
Mix peas and vegetables together in mixing bowl. Measure and pour dressing over mixture
in bowl. Stir to coat.
This is a great cold salad or side dish. Yield: 8 servings
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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