While pondering the topic for this week’s blog, I recalled a recent message I received from my mentor, Jon Benson.  I decided to share it with you today.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that will soon be published in a magazine that deals with the top of “becoming” rather than “doing”.
It’s really all about MASTERY, and the difference between becoming something, and simply performing a task.
Here’s an example:  Picture how differently you feel about being a “gardner” (let’s pretend you love gardening, even if you don’t) and “tending your garden.”
One is something you ARE.
The other is a task YOU DO.
Well, it turns to find out that my musings have been backed by the good folks at PhysOrg.com and psychologist Christopher Bryan.
In this published study, Bryan’s team surveyed almost 350 voters prior to an important election. Half the recipients were given this question: “Is it important to vote?” The other half were asked, “Is it important to be a voter?”
Just one subtle change, but look at it: The first question involved a ‘task’ you would do. The second implied something you ARE.
The difference? Fourteen percent of those surveyed were more likely to go out and actually vote. Bryan et al concluded that the word “voter” caused people to identify themselves with the word. They became something in their mind — a voter.
The research team concluded that the word “vote” suggested the performance of a task. Even if the subjects answered “yes”, they felt “no actual association with the term”, hence they were not likely to go out and pull the lever, so to say.
Voting was just an action, while being a “voter” was about becoming a specific type of person.
This is absolutely NO different than what I’ve encouraged in my M-Power Fitness Series  — choose to ‘become’ something related to fitness, rather than just “dropping weight”, or “catching a workout.”
You catch a cold. You don’t catch a workout. And trust me: Without that distinction, they’ll both suck equally as much.
Choose today to see yourself as a “body sculptor”, or a “fitness enthusiast”, and say it to yourself over and over again. I myself used the term “bodybuilder” to change my mindset back in my early 20s. I became what I saw in my mind, and the processes that took me there (nutrition, dieting, exercise, etc.) were just part of my becoming.
Give it a shot.

Here is a recipe to help you along the way.  chili.1

Easy Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey (you can substitute ground chicken)
1 small onion, chopped
1 (4.5 oz.) can chopped chilies, drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans, undrained
1 (14.5 oz.) can chickpeas, undrained
1 (14.5 oz.) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
1-2 tablespoons chili powder, to taste

1. Cook turkey and onion in a medium fry pan over medium high heat (I used coconut oil), sramble fry until no longer pink.
2. Drain off fat and transfer cooked meat and onion to crockpot.
3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Cook on high 6 to 8 hours.

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Theresa Newell

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Theresa was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Fall 2009.

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