December 31st Show
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On today's show:
New Year's EVE!
New Year's Resolutions
Moxify for 2017
Today, December 31st in History
1890 Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot
1879 Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Lolani Palace (only royal palace in US)
1897 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)
1904 (112 yrs ago) First New Year's Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square), in New York City
1907 For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the New Year
1910 US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910
1930 US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930
Although U.S. tobacco production has decreased significantly since the 1980s (from nearly 180,000 tobacco-growing farms to about 10,000 in 2012), the United States continues to be a leading producer of tobacco leaves. During 2015, more than 264 billion cigarettes were sold (not produced) in the United States. While 336 Billion were produced in Indonesia alone. China grows more tobacco, manufactures more cigarettes, and also consumes more tobacco than any other country in the world. Followed by India, brazil then US.
1935 Charles Darrow patents Monopoly
1938 Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer", 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana
1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater
1946 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II
1955 The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.
1968 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)
1869 Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)
1887 Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)
1928 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012) He challenged the motorcycle ace Evel Knievel to a game of golf, using only carpenter's hammers, beat a Taiwanese table tennis world champion using Coke bottles as paddles, and took the singer Willie Nelson for $300,000 in a game of dominoes. the perfect mix of mathematical genius and outrageous showmanship that brought Texas hold’em to the masses. Along the way, Slim played against presidents and powerbrokers, among them Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, and the drug baron Pablo Escobar. He also claims to have taken Larry Flynt, the pornography tycoon, for $1.7m in a grudge match, though Mr Flynt denies that and damns his old adversary as a liar. The five-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion passed away from colon cancer on Sunday in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived
1937 Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)
1943 John Denver, NM, American country singer (Rocky Mt High), thank God he's a country boy
1946 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels
1948 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
1959 Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow)
New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions
The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail? We go through many examples and analogies and here is just a snippet.
Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada, says that resolutions are a form of "cultural procrastination," an effort to reinvent oneself. People make resolutions as a way of motivating themselves, he says.
Another reason, people aren’t picking specific behaviors, they’re picking abstractions
The problem is clear: any abstract goal you have that is not tied to a specific behavior is nearly impossible for your brain to focus on. Making it “instinctual,” which is the crucial aspect that will help you achieve any new habit, is missing in 90% of all New Year’s resolutions, which makes them so likely to fail.
Resolution: Quit smoking vs. Habit: Stop smoking that 1 cigarette you have every morning after breakfast
Resolution: Eat healthy food vs. Habit: Start substituting that 1 daily morning pastry for a banana
Resolution: Lose weight vs. Habit: Every evening after work, go for a 2-3 minute run or walk around the block. (no gym, no special equipment) just walk outside and faster than usual.
Resolution: Manage stress vs. Habit: Meditate for 2-3 minutes every morning after you wake up.
Focus on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t. Stop drinking soda for example, now all your doing is thinking about soda all day and the fact that you cant have it. Instead, flip it to “im going to drink 2 liters of water a day” you’ll now be thinking about getting your water in all day and I theory, to full and busy to think about a soda.
SO WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND… spend money on getting it going- makes you accountable to yourself because it is costing you.
Go get yourself a new hard copy of a 2017 calendar … Hard copy makes you write what you want, which registers in your brain and you are also reading it while you write which registers in your brain and more times that not you’re saying it to yourself as well which registers in your brain.
starting out the year being committed to your time, adding your new specific goals and have a place to write your mission statement so every time you add something new to the calendar, you read your mission statement to yourself to make sure it aligns with your new commitments.
If you don’t have quicken to track your money, get it. It will help you budget, makes taxes a breeze.