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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 7 Just A Thought ange your life by changing By RICK KRAFT Chose your habits carefully. They will be hard to change. Forty to forty-five percent of what we do each day we do on automatic pilot. In other words, a large percentage of each day is spent func- tioning without hav- ing to think. We just repeatedly do what we have done in the same situation in the past. Kind of a "default mode" that we revert to without thinking. My wife Tanya and I just finished a two day Catalyst con- ference in Atlanta en- titled "Change Mak- ers." We heard about a dozen speakers talk about making con- scious decisions to change. One speaker, Charles Duhigg, was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner who authored a book that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business?' Mr. Duhigg began his talk with a concept that we sometimes forget, "Every habit can be changed." He discussed research projects on habits that coveted the spectrum from rats to children. He spoke about how we live so much of life without having to think through what we are about to do or did. He said "For ex- ample, you might find yourself at work and you don't remember the decisions you made to get there...it just happened because it always occurs in the same rou- tine." Having habits or routines that allow us to not have to think is not bad, at least as long as your habits are good ones. There is no problem with the "auto pilot" mode of a habit or routine if it is set correctly, but what if a habit negatively impacts your world and. needs to be changed? Humans were created with the ability to change. It is one of the greatest powers God give us Rick Kraft when He gave us "free will?' Are there any habits you should change? Mr. Duhigg discussed the "Habit Loop" whereby we have a "cue" that leads to a "routine" that leads to a "re- ward?' There are cues in our lives that "trig- ger" us to perform certain behaviors. Just like the bell in Pavlov's dog study causes the dog to sali- vate, an event hap- pens and we are preprogrammed to respond in a certain way without having to think. On a human level most of us have a problem with food. Something depressing happens and we decide to stuff ourselves with food (or drink) to "drown our sorrows." Or, some- thing great happens and we de- cide to celebrate with food (or drink). Or maybe we get bored and decide to end our boredom by going out and eating a big meal. There are countless cues that lead us to food or drink. In other words, an event oc- curs and the end result is that we overeat. So, at the end of the eat- ing or drinking we are not only in worse shape than when we started, we are still depressed, excited, or bored... What if we taught our self to respond to the cue by going out on a run or a walk with a friend instead of turning to food? At the end of our habit we would be bet- ter off, even if we still have to work through the depression or boredom. Mr. Duhigg told us that some habits matter more than others. He shared that individuals who are exercisers will use their credit cards less, they get their house- hold duties done earlier, and so on. My term for this is "disci- plined people live disciplined lives." Each of us have different discipline levels. So how do we change habits Lordsburg man gets 10 years for child molestation Herald staffreport 30 years in prison. Under the Javier S. Alvarez, 20, was agreement, Judge Robinson sen- sentenced in Hidalgo County tenced him to serve only 10 of District Court last Friday morn- those years, of which he will be ing to ten years in prison on three required to serve 85 percent. counts of Criminal Sexual Con- In addition, once released, tact of a Minor. Alvarez will be on long term sex According to District Attor- offender probation and parole for ney Francesca Martinez-Estevez, the remaining 20 years of his sen- justice has been served and now tence. Furthermore, he will be re- a young girl quired to can begin register as a putting her sex offender life back to- wherever he gether, is riving after "Her in- being re- nocence was leased from taken by this prison every m a n , " 90 days for M a r t i n e z - the rest of his Estevez told life. the Herald. D A "She can Martinez- never recover Estevez said that ." t h e District Lordsburg Judge J.C. Police De- Robinson had partment, es- no mercy for Javier S. Alvarez pecially Of- Alvarez, who ficer Maria admitted to assaulting the girl Sanchez, made the case an airtight when she was only 10 and he was one that she was able to convict 17. Alvarez, who was originally charged in September 2012, plead on. "The skillful handling of the not guilty but eventually agreed investigation was imperative in to plead no contest to the three this case," Estevez said. "Officer charges. Sanchez supported and advo- cated for the young victim from The conditions of the agree- ment included that two Of the day one and was key in garner- counts of Criminal Sexual Con- ing this conviction." tact of a Minor run consecutively. Alvarez was taken into cus- If convicted to the maximum on tody at his sentencing hearing last all three charges, Alvarez faced Friday morning. habit to improve ourselves? First, we need to identify the "habit loop" Understand and recognize the "cue, routine, reward" pattern. Mr. Duhigg shared that he had a work- day routine of walking to the caf- eteria each afternoon and buying a cookie. He had to determine his cue. He thought through differ- ent variables and then determined the cue was the time of the day, 3:30 in the afternoon. To determine what was really happening, he changed his re- ward. Instead of a cookie one day he bought a cup of coffee. The next day he bought an apple. The next day he turned his trip to the cafeteria into a walk around the block. After repeatedly changing his reward he determined that his 3:30 "craving" trip to the cafete- ria was not about what he ate or exercise, it was about seeing his friends or "socialization." Once he learned his cue (3:30) and his reward (socializa- tion), he changed his routine. He wrote on a piece of paper "At 3:30, every day, I will walk to a friend's desk and talk for 10 min- utes." He shared that it didn't work immediately, but that when he stuck to it he ended his work day feeling better. He said on rare occasions that he could not find a friend to talk to he would go to the cafeteria and buy iced tea. In time, when the cue occurred each afternoon, he reset his routine and the "default" habit stopped in- volving a cookie and left him healthier. He finished his change in habit by sharing that now at 3:30, without thinking, he absentmind- edly stands up, goes and interacts with another, and .then returns to his office. He said "And as that small change has echoed through my life, and I've changed other habits as well, I've lost about 18 pounds. I feel healthier and have more energy. And most important, I'm in control of my behaviors and closer to the life I want to live." There you have it. How to change your life through chang- ing a habit. My challenge to you today is for you to take time and think about the habits that you have. Don't change the habits that al- low your life to be lived on "auto pilot" that add to your life and the life of others. But think through the habits that keep you from being all that you should be. They need to be identified, ana- lyzed, and modified. You can't change a habit without first recognizing that one exists. What is the cue that leads to behavior that doesn't need to occur? Identify the cue. Find a way to avoid the cue if possible. If you can't avoid the cue, change the.reward. If the cue must occur and must lead to behavior, make the end result of the action be a reward that is worth moving to- wards. Iced tea is better than a cookie. Change your habits and change your life. I know you can do it. 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 or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A JK "IK "IK JK ItXlgRCI I YOOR A' In Hidalgo County /~ough~ Io ynu by Hid lso Cou.t Food Coalition Available Now ~t the Fairgrounds: Cherry Tomatoes, Armen an Cucumbers & ~ummer ~qt!asn _ Old senior er FOr recipes, tips, and tricks visit ,!srIKIT orHMS, NMS For more information, like us on www. facebook,com/hidalgocounty ft)odcoalltion and www.facebook.com/ hidalgofarmefsmarltetandmercado ToodTact: One, ll.alf cup of basil provides 97,7 percent of your dally vitamin and has only s calories. Check out our facebook page for Classic Pumpkin Pie A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Mike Rico was born on Nov. 14, 1901 in La Ciudad de Chi- huahua, Mexico, to Miguel Rico (son of Juan Rico and Trinidad Lechuga) and Maria Perez (daughter of Vidal Perez and Luz Olivas). His only sibling, Luz Rico (Alvarez), was born on April 18, 1903. Mike enrolled in military school at the age of 6, and at- tended school until the age of 15. His father, a mason by trade, died in 1914. His mother, Mafia Rico, and her two children traveled to Lordsburg in 1916, where they knew some local residents and made Lordsburg their lifelong home. During that time, Mike's mother, Maria ran a small busi- ness called the Chile Queen, which was the start of a long line of Mexican food service in Lordsburg. Mike, as a teenager, started to work for the local Southern Pacific Railroad and worked there many years until his retirement in 1957. His sister, Luz, married Manuel Alvarez in 1921 in Lordsburg where they lived and raised 12 children (Lupe, Ricardo, Maria Luisa, Isabel, Manuela, Elena, Marta, Francisco (all now deceased); Guillermina ("Wilma"), Maria Luz ("Lucy"), Carolina, and Alejandra. Miguel ("Mike") Rico 1901 - 1969 Mike met his future wife, closed its doors in 1992. Rico's Cuca Gallegos (daughter of delicious food was prepared by Josefa and Flavio Gallegos who Cuca whose great tacos were were ranchers in and around popular with the locals as well as Animas), who had recently gradu- passing tourists. ated from Lordsburg High School Mike passed away on -Sept. in 1934. After a short courtship 29, 1969 following a short battle the couple married in 1934. To with cancer, and Cuca on Nov. 19, this union were born two daugh- 2000. Mike and Cuca are sur- ters: Maura Rico and Tenchie vived by their two daughters; Rico (Overcash). They were grandsons Michael Koebke (Se- raised and educated in Lordsburg attle); Mark Koebke (Vienna, Vir- and are graduates of Lordsburg ginia) and his wife Lynn and chil- High School. dren (Lara,/~lex, and Maya); and The Rico family owned and granddaughter (Yvette Koebke operated Rico's Grocery Store Littles (Scottsdale). Also grand- from 1944 to 1952, and opened children Katrina Overcash (Albu- La Siesta (Rico's Cafe) in Septem- querque); Paul Overcash (Rio ber 1950. The store and cafe were Rancho) and wife Theresa and located on North Street in north son Donovan; Deann Overcash Lordsburg. The restaurant was Lichtenstein (Philadelphia) and relocated to Railroad Avenue her husband Jonathan and sons, (Motel Drive) in July 1957 and Nate and Sammy. We have all the tools to keep your Business We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg