These past few weeks have been cold! With the exception of a few bright days, having outdoor temperatures below 40 degrees, nice and hearty meals are comforting. The go-to meal on a cold day is chili, however without the essentials, I was left scratching my head and short on time.
Rather than panic, I innovated, creating a dish that became an instant hit. Let’s call this Mom’s Chicken Mex Soup. Dinner was done in less than 30 minutes. I’m sharing my super easy quick and hearty meal for your next chilly night.
Start with chopping and sauteing a small onion in olive oil (I used a heavy bottom pot) on medium heat for a couple minutes, then stir in the diced chicken followed by the vegetables (be sure to drain the liquids from the cans before adding).
Pour in the chicken broth and up to a cup of water, season to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc), then simmer 15 minutes. Serve with oven toasted tortillas.
Have you ever had a number of ideas for business opportunities swirling through your head and not know how to pull one down and focus on it?
What have you envisioned as a dream job or career move yet unsure which way to move toward making a change?
The first step in setting a goal is to get real with yourself. For some, self check is so easy we don’t need an internet article to help us focus. The rest of us, need all the little nudges we can bear.
What do you want to do?
I know, you want to finance a better future for you and your family. You want to pursue your passion and help others. You would love to sell that thing your friends always ask your for. Sounds great. But you’re going to have to be more specific. The premise of a goal is the result. That’s right…a result. So, let’s try answering this way:
If I had a choice of only one income producing activity that I could wake up and do tomorrow?
What would that answer be? The question requires a more direct answer. You can take it further and assign a time limit, an income requirement, a level of training or additional education needed to obtain that one income producing activity.
Easy enough? A goal can be anything you can imagine as long as there is a result. The key in how you can create and stick to that one stretch goal is to have the result in mind.
Let’s pretend the income producing activity you’ve selected is to become a Life Coach. Now you know what you are aiming for. Then you can chart the steps you need to reach there – research, training, certification, networking, business development, branding – and how much time you need to commit to each step. This way you have achievements to check off along the way and your one big stretch goal becomes a little less daunting.
Each year companies project earnings and loss. Many make difficult decisions based on those numbers. When retail stores announce closings, how does that impact you, your family and your business?
Convenience. We are creatures of habit and convenience. When we can easily locate the product or service we need in a familiar location near our home or office, it makes our lives better. When a retail store we frequent closes, we have to find an alternative, which could require a different path.
Choice. Discretionary income, and life in general is fueled by our choice. In retail, there are a number of options for similar goods and services, and our choice predicates survival. Two ways to unpack this thought. One, where and how we decide to shop, and two, who we shop with. (See convenience).
Creativity. The close of a retail store does not indicate a decline in shopping. There are other statistics that indicate economic trends. A store closing signals more on the operation of that business, which has a number of factors. However there is a lining of opportunity that exists for small businesses that operate in the retail space, or provide a service shopping for others. Small retail businesses have the creative flexibility to reach consumers in fun ways to encourage purchases. Personal shoppers and concierge services can support the convenience and choice of consumers not willing to travel or are in need of assistance seeking the alternative shop.
The Business Insider recently compiled a list of the retail stores with locations closing in the coming year. http://www.businessinsider.com/stores-closing-in-2018-2017-12
What opportunity does this present for you?
Happy New Year!
We are all very excited about our new ideas and goals being created to have our “best year yet”. Something about the new calendar year and a fresh start. The euphoria of a ‘no-compromise’ mindset that follows a few ‘must achieve’ goals is indeed enlightening.
Own the moment, make small steps towards your goal every day, and celebrate your achievements along the way. Most importantly remember the new year may be a fresh start for the calendar, but you can begin fresh any day.
I am excited for you! We are all excited for you!