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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 9 Just A Thought Meet your potential, choose to be a ten By RICK KRAFT If someone approached you just out f the blue and asked you to give yourself a score between one and ten, with one being low and ten being high, what would it be? I know, you want more in- formation; "A score for what?" you would ask. Just a total score of yourself as an individual. Looking at who you are as a per- son, with no more guidance added to the question, what would you score yourself? Now, let me ask you another question, on a scale of one to ten, a what do you want to be? If you could be any number from one to ten, again with one being low and ten being high, What would you be? Are your scores the same? If so, congratulations! If not, why are they different? I think that everyone has the ability to be a ten. I also think that most people choose to be a lesser number. Why? I'm not re- ally sure other than to be a ten, it takes energy. To be a ten it takes drive. It takes discipline. There are tens among us. There are tens throughout our community. There are also nines, eights, sevens, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos,' and ones. As every life has a value, I don't believe there are any eros! The reason I think this is a good exercise is for two reasons. First, it is always important for us to stop and assess our indi- vidual lives. It is important for us to determine where we are in our life and if we are moving the right direction. Are we living the life that we should be living? Are we spending the proper time on what the priorities are in our life? Where are we headed? I think some people spend more time planning their Christmas list than they do planning their own life. Let me illustrate this mes- sage with a personal story. Over spring break several years tgo, my family stayed a week in a condominium south of Tyler, Texas. In the master bathroom there was a very large hot tub with jacuzzi jets positioned about half way up the tub. We looked for- ward to enjoying the tub at some point during our stay: ,.. The tub, if filled, would hold approximately 100 gallons. When we first tried to fill the tub, we learned that the hot water heater produced only about 35 gallons of hot water. The water from the faucet then turned cold. There was not enough hot water to even reach the jets. Although sitting in the tub would raise the level of the water, it still did not rise high enough to reach the jets. Even if it did, someone placed the switch to turn on the jets on a timer about six feet across the bathroom. Any possible hope of using the jacuzzi jets would have to be done with cold, or at best, luke warm water. I found this setup both amusing and frustrat- ing. I tried to think of circum- stances that would allow the hot tub to work the way it was de- signed to. I couldn't come up with any solutions absent installing a larger hot water heater or import- ing hot water from another source such as the hot water heater from a nearby condominium or heated on the stove. All of the plumbing was in" place. The hot tub had plenty of potential. But, absent some choices and action, this hot tub would never be able to meet the potential it was created for. . I believe mary of us live lives comparable to the hot tub example. We have been equipped with all of the tools to be a ten, yet we choose to not be all that we can be. We have a 100 gallon capacity, but we only use thirty five gallons. Second, we tend to compare ourselves to others as bench- marks rather than compare our- selves to what our talents, our potential, and our abilities are by being a ten. If someone is a seven and they hang out with fives and sixes, they become satisfied with their life because they are doing better than those around them. A typical individual like this be- comes complacent in their life and doesn't bother trying to im- prove. If one of the seven's friends or coworker tries to improve from a six to an eight, the seven seeks to pull them back; how dare they try to improve above a seven! There are two ways for a seven to increase or maintain his position, improve himself up to an eight, nine, or ten, or drag others down to below a seven. One of the problems we have as humans is that we spend too much of our lives comparing our- selves to others. If we would cel- ebrate other's successes and go out and achieve our own, we would, live in a better world. It is unfortunate we derive satisfaction fom watching others fail. It is as if another's failure makes us more of a success. It goes something like this: If a per- son is a seven, he looks at a four and feels secure. He can feel good about a four because they are not a threat to him. They can live their life being a four and the world is in its place. But if the four is not satisfied with being a four and works very hard and becomes an eight, now they are a threat toa seven. It is also easy for a seven to not care for a nine. After all, who gave that nine a right to be a nine? This is not a healthy situation again because the seven is look- ing externally to those around him, not internally to how he can be the best he can be. What I am saying is if you are a seven and live and work around fours, you are not a suc- cess. You are merely doing better than those around you. If you are a ten you are a success regardless of what number those around you are. This often happens in the workplace. If the leader is a seven, he would be more apt to hire fives and sixes. This makes his posi- tion as a seven secure. It gives the seven job security, but it doesn't fulfill the mission of the business and it will keep the business from flying 'higher and meeting its po- tential. Or say the business is a seven and it is doing better than art3t of its competitors in town because they are threes and fives. The lead- ing business becomes compla- cent with being a seven. This works well for a while until a com- petitor who is'a nine moves to town and takes over the market because the seven never sought to become a ten. How can anyone or any busi- ness meet its potential of moving forward as a ten when its sole benchmark is based upon being better than another individual or another business? For example, let's use a runner competing in a race. If a runner is sprinting for- ward seeking to be the best he can be with a goal of breaking the world record, does it really mat- ter what the other runners are do- ing in the race. Slowing down to tur.n his head to look backwards will only slow him down, possi- bly causing him to drop to a nine. Further, it will not help any other runner on the course. My challenge to you is to be a ten. I believe everyone has the ability to be a ten. And if you can be a ten, why not be one? If you have a 100 gallon capacity, why only use 35 gallons? If you use the excuse, "I may not be a ten, but I am better than such and such who is a six," are you really be- ifig fair to yourself?. Is it your mis- sion ill life to be better than the person next to you, or is it to be your best regardless of others who may rise or fall? If you are not a ten, what is keeping you from being one? Why not change and live the life of a ten? You can do it. Be a ten. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter:com' mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aoL com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy THE GLENNA SHUMWAY STRAFACE HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION O I: Preparing a covered wagon as a float entry in the Old Timers' Parade, Third Street, Lordsburg, circa 1928. The Method- ist Church, under construction, is on the right. In the backgroufid is a partial view of Central Elementary School and the original Lordsburg High School (now the Enrichment Center). USDA offers funding opportunities for NM projects. By TERRY BRUNNER, State Di- rector, New Mexico Office of USDA Rural Development We are at a critical juncture in New Mexico's history as we approach our Centennial in 2012. Of great concern to us all should be how our rural communities will fare over the next 100 years. Will they continue to struggle or will we make the investments and decisions now to allow for their renewal and prosperity during the century ahead? Before us lies an extraordi- nary opportunity, through the American Recovery and Rein- vestment Act of 2009 (also known as the Stimulus), to make imme- diate and necessary investments in our rural communities. The United States Depart- ment of Agriculture New Mexico Rural Development office saw funding increases in many Of its programs as a result of the Stimu- lus. USDA Rural Development in New Mexico almost tripled its regular programmatic spending for dozens of new projects in Fis- cal Year 2009 to $354 million. We hope to have another banner year in FY 2010 before the Stimu- lus expires in September. As we see tight budgets at the' state and local level in New Mexico there is no better time for New Mexico's communities to consider USDA funding for their projects. USDA Rural Develop- ment offers programs in three ar- eas: Community Development, Business and Housing. Businesses and value added agricultural producers in New Mexico communities with a population less than 50,0013 are eligible for our Business Pro- grams. Most types of new or ex- isting enterprises qualify -manu- facturing, wholesale, retail or ser- vice. We offer up to a 90% loan guarantee for bankable projects as large as $10 mi.llion and can provide smaller guarantees on proposals as high as $25 million. It is our goal to guarantee at least $29 million in business loan guarantees around New Mexico this fiscal year. We also offer programs to help businesses and agricultural producers save on energy costs. Our Renewable Energy for America program allows USDA to cover 25% of any renewable en- ergy or energy efficiency project for a rural business or an ag pro- ducer. If your farm or business hopes to install a new water heater, upgrade swamp coolers or even take advantage of solar, wind power or biodiesel; USDA would like to help with that in- vestment. For those producers that add value to an agricultural product, we provide up to $100,000 in grant funding for planning costs and up to $300,000 for working I capital. "Value added projects can help many more. include a wide variety of efforts To be competitive and inno- such as turning tomatoes into vative, rural communities need salsa, carving wood products, and access to modern telecommuni- making a popcorn product from- cations. The stimulus set aside locally-grown corn. billions to increase broadband On the community side, the access in rural America and USDA stimulus program enhanced Rural Development spent $199 greatly our ability to loan and million alone in rural New grant to communities less than Mexico last year for broadband construct.ion, purchase or renova- tion of a home. More than 6,500 New Mexicans currently use our housing programs. This is just a sample of the many programs USDA Rural De= velopment has to offer. The Stimulus presents New Mexico with unprecedented opportuni- ties to improve the quality of 20,000 in population for commu- nity facilities. USDA Rural De- velopment can invest in commu- nity facilities, such as: health.care facilities, community centers, li- braries, roads, emergency se'r- vices, and community green- houses --just to name a few. Water and Wastewater infra- structure is of tremendous impor- tance to rural communities in our state. In communities under 10,000, USDA offers loans and grants to help with water and wastewater systems. Hundreds of New Mexico communities have participated in this program over the years and we are prepared to and telecommunications infra- life in rural New Mexico and structure. Not only do we invest in the first, middle and last mile of telecommunications infrastruc- ture but we are very interested in' supporting distance learning, telemedicine and other efforts that connect rural communities to the power of the internet. When we talk about the sustainability of our rural com- munities, nothing says sustainability more than provid- ing families the ability to make their home in rural New Mexico. In communities under 10,000, USDA prfvides home loans, home loan guarantees and grants for the give rural communities the tools they need to prosper. The time to act is now, while federal agencies like the USDA have the resources to make more in- vestments than ever. If you are interested in any of these pro- " grams, I hope you will contact the USDA Rural Development office in New Mexico at 505- 761-4950. Mr. Brunner was appointed by President Barack Obama on September 3, 2009 to serve at State Director for the New Mexico Office of USDA Rural Development. AT HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES, ,a**'t a HMS Med Sluare offers pediatric and primary care for infants and children! Let either of our experienced pediatricians, Dr. Michelle Pahl and Dr. Don Johnson, or our family practice physician Dr. Joyce Troxler care for your children! Michelle Pahl Enchilada Plate Fund-Raiser From the Kitchen of Ana Vigil 4 Red Chili Cheese Enchiladas * Beans * Rice * Salad $5.00 Prepared fresh when youw want them! Benefit: Lord's Living Water Lighthouse Building Program Saturday, March 6, 2010:10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Please call for Advance Ticket Sales Information: (575) 590-0808 or (575) 590-3474 Pick Up Location: 509 Main (Northwest Corner 5th & Main) HomeBusiness Delivery ONLY by calling on day of Sale! Dr. DOn Johnson Jennifer Meredith Wilson, Heidenfeld, FNP, CNM PA-C To schedule your appointment, please call HMS'Med.Square 575-388-1511 or 1-866-633-7773 www.hmsnm.org