#MillionDollarAttitude

Defining success varies based off of who you talk to and even the time of which you asked. If you would have asked me in high school how I defined success, it would have been landing an amazing career and making lots of money. This could be how some define success. Success though, comes in many forms. In my high school example, I was only focused on financial stability and career. The truth of the matter is, your definition of success changes based off where you are in life and past experiences. So, how do you keep track of success? Let’s focus on 3 tips to achieve Self Success.

How do you keep track of your daily tasks? To-Do Lists! This might seem very non-effective but if you use it to your advantage, it could be a great help. Each day, I write down what I have to accomplish for the day. There is something about visually seeing what you have to do and also thinking about it, increases your chances of actually achieving self success. After you list all the things you have to do, prioritize them. More information about To-Do Lists can be found here http://www.ismckenzie.com/5-advantages-of-a-to-do-list/ .

A couple of elements that dictate priority are deadlines, available resources, and time constraints. One effective tool for me is to order To-Do Lists mixing fun and boring tasks to have balance. Of course this will determine what you find fun and boring.

Have you ever found yourself talking to….yourself? If you are anything like me, you have. I used to think this was not good to share with anyone. Sometimes before I give a speech or cant figure something out, I talk to myself. What I am actually doing is verbally organizing my thoughts, which jogs my memory better. Ever lose something you just had? Do you ask yourself where it is? What you are doing is creating a visual in your head to remember your last moves to recall where the item might be. Talking out loud through your To-Do list will also make sure it makes sense to you to go in a particular order.

So we just covered talking to yourself but how do you speak to yourself? Is it positive? Negative? Maybe you never thought of how you talk to yourself. This is very important. You have to speak to the life you want to live. I came across an article on Today.com called Talk to yourself out loud? Here’s why experts say its a good thing.  The article highlighted a couple of great points of why talking to yourself is a great thing. One of my favorite takeaways was from Ann Kearney-Cooke of the Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute.“The way you talk to yourself affects how you feel and how you behave.” This was very powerful for me because the more I thought about it, the more it became true. Its not that I was speaking negative, I just under estimated the power I have over my life. For more information on this article, click here http://www.today.com/health/talk-yourself-out-loud-here-s-why-experts-say-s-t76531 .

 

 

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How To: The Best Booty Exercise That You Are Not Doing.

For many people, women especially, the pursuit of larger gluteus muscles is the top priority for their exercise regimen. For most gym goers the default exercise for gluteus hypertrophy is the classic back squat. Place a loaded barbell on your back shoulders and squat up and down. While this exercise does work the gluteus, it is far from the best exercise for gluteus activation and therefore gluteus hypertrophy. Thanks to the work of Bret Contreras, “The Glute Guy”, we now have the ultimate gluteus building exercise, the hip thruster. In his 2010 article for the T-Nation website, (https://www.t-nation.com/training/inside-the-muscles-best-leg-glute-and-calf-exercises) Contreras shows how drastically superior the hip thruster is versus the squat using electromyography (EMG) data. After testing several squat and hip thruster variations the scores for gluteus activation are more than double for the hip thruster versus any version of squat.

So knowing that the hip thruster is going to do more to activate your gluteus, how does one do this exercise anyway? One thing to keep in mind for this exercise, it is not for the timid or easily embarrassed. If you are in a gym that has not seen many people doing hip thrusters, you will get some looks. So here is how to do the best gluteus exercise you are not doing: the hip thruster.

  1. First gather the equipment that you need: a barbell, a padded bench (the lower the better), 15 pound bumper plates, and a really good bar pad (I recommend the squat sponge).
  2. Clamp the bumper plates on the barbell and install the squat sponge.
  3. Sit on the floor with your back to the bench hooking your shoulder blades on the edge of the seat.
  4. Roll the barbell over your legs so the squat sponge is over your hips, raise your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.
  5. Keeping your hands on the barbell for balance, raise your hips and butt off of the floor pressing your hips into the squat sponge on the barbell. Lift your hips until you form a straight line from your knees to your shoulders (or as close as possible to that).
  6. Then lower the hips back down almost to the floor and back up again for another rep.

That’s it, the basic hip thruster. However, there are some finer points to doing this exercise to maximize safety, comfort, and efficiency.hip-thruster

  1. Make sure your feet are slightly wider than shoulder width apart and that your shins are as close to vertical as possible at the top of the exercise. This is done mostly by feel, but if you can get a spotter to check your form it can be very helpful.
  2. Look straight ahead. Your natural tendency is to look up at the ceiling not only because it feels right, but you don’t make awkward eye contact with those working out close by. Unfortunately this puts your upper back in a compromised position which is not good. So, look forward, and if you need to close your eyes.
  3. To really maximize the gluteus burns of the exercise try to tuck your tailbone and point it towards the ceiling. This posterior pelvic tilt takes the gluteus activation up a notch. Additionally you can also pause the exercise at the top of the thruster for a second or two which will hold the burn even longer.

So there you have it, now you can start hip thrusting your way to a better booty.

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Bret Contreras, “Inside The Muscles: Best Leg, Glute, and Calf Exercises”, April, 19, 2010 https://www.t-nation.com/training/inside-the-muscles-best-leg-glute-and-calf-exercises

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Mitchell’s Work Experience at Lambeau Field!

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I am excited to announce in this personal story blog post that the first job of my life is as an employee at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers!  My work experience at Lambeau Field has been spectacular!  It has always been a dream for me to work for the Packers since my childhood.  There is a special feeling about being in this stadium, but working there is such an honor that not many people experience.  I have always been an avid Packer fan, and started watching the Packer games when Brett Favre was the quarterback.  Since I am working at Lambeau Field, I feel very fortunate and blessed for doing what I love.  I interviewed at the stadium in mid-April in the club seat area and felt satisfied about what my job would involve.  My role at Lambeau Field is in the guest services department, which is assisting fans/spectators to get to their seats, and guiding them on questions about the stadium.  The job helps me interact and meet new people, which I enjoy the most about working there.  It is such a joy to be working with other co-workers, who are very kind to me.  Overall, the environment is wonderful and I am working with an amazing group of staff on the Lambeau Field team.

 

My Experience with Golfing

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Golfing is a life-long sport that everyone says that you will never regret.  For me, it ended up being that way since I was young and played on the Bonduel High School golf team.  Currently, I play Monday night league at my home course, Golden Sands in Cecil, Wisconsin.  It took a lot of practice to succeed, but thanks to help from my family, coaches, personal trainer, and a PGA Professional, my senior year average was a career-best a 52 for nine holes.  The game of golf started for me when I was in 7th grade.  My dad, brother and I went out to the driving range and golfed a few holes per week to get used to the game.   My dad was the most powerful resource to help me learn the ins and outs of the game of golf.

However, my freshman year was my first year being on the golf team since Bonduel did not have a team in middle school.  The first year was the toughest challenge of my career.  I was nervous about competing against golfers from other schools, as well as struggling going to practice after school.  When I was taking 4 core classes my freshman and sophomore year, it was hard to keep up with homework and golf since I took Math, Science, History, and English courses at one time.  Between my brother and I, we had multiple assignments for at least 3-4 hours per night after we got home from practice.  Once we consistently worked on our assignments, we felt that school came first before golf no matter what.  By my junior and senior year, Bonduel High School switched to block scheduling which meant flexibility to get my homework done during the day.  My math and science credits were completed after sophomore year.  Therefore, a reduction in core classes led to me really enjoying high school my junior and senior year.  I never felt so good about school in my life after all the struggles I have been through academically.

In order to get better at golf, I started practicing by doing winter lessons at Royal St. Partrick’s at Wrightstown, WI with a PGA Professional.  This helped my swing improve for the last 2 seasons of golf.  As I felt ready to go on my junior year after multiple lessons, my lowest score was a 105 for 18 holes at Golden Sands for a home meet, and a 111 for my conference meet.  I felt very satisfied.  My hard work and determination led me to becoming the most improved player.  The same thing happened my senior year as I busted my game to have a career-high for 18 holes at a 102.  I had many things in my life that helped me become the person I am today, but golf is definitely at the top of the list with overcoming adversity, which led to success for my game.

 

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10 “Must Visit” Locations for Packers Fans

Do you love the Green Bay Packers? Of course you do, everyone does. Here are 10 places all Packers fans must see.

10. National Railroad Museum – nrm-102-green-bay-wi-7-29-07The museum is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation’s railroad history. It was founded in 1956 by community volunteers in Green Bay. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States. source: Wikipedia, National Railroad Museum

9. NEW ZoolsAccredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, The NEW Zoo
is a 43-acre facility located within the Reforestation Camp which features 92 exhibits with over 215 live animals. Divided into several themed areas including the North American Plains, Wisconsin & Northern Trails, Africa, Australia, a Children’s Zoo and an education building, the Zoo offers self-guided tours through dozens of animal exhibits. –source: NEW Zoo 

8.Bay Beach – 1024px-zippin_pippin_2013_opening_morningThe park’s history dates to the 1890s, when entrepreneur Mitchell Nejedlo purchased the land. Originally intended to be divided and sold for summer cottages, he turned it into Bay View Beach.Today the park is a family place, with scenic views and rides for children, including bumper cars, a small-scale passenger train ride, a large slide,  Ferris wheel and is home to one of the oldest operating wooden roller coasters in North America, “The Zippin Pippin”. source Wikipedia

7. Ray Nitschke Field – 2014camp1400bRay Nitschke Field is one of the two outdoor practice facilities of the Green Bay Packers (the other is Clarke Hinkle Field). These fields, together with the Don Hutson Center, comprise the team’s training complex.

The field is named for Ray Nitschke, who played for the Packers from 1958 to 1972 and whose number 66 was retired by the team. Nitschke is a member of both the Pro Football and Packers Hall of Fames. The field included bleacher seating for 1500 fans, a sound system for announcements and music as well as natural grass field with underground heating. The heating system allows the team to host outdoor practices in the winter. The exterior facade uses the same brick style as Lambeau Field and the 170 × 75-yard field is considered a state-of-the-art practice field unlike anything else in the National Football League. source: Wikipedia

6. Brett Favre’s Steakhouse brett-favre-s-steakhouseFor more than a decade Brett Favre’s Steakhouse has been filled with Packer fans and Packer memorabilia, including Brett Favre’s trophies and personal items. Brett Favre’s Steakhouse is the one place on earth that captures the spirit of #4. Retaining his spirit and style, we reflect Brett’s southern upbringing in our menu and warm, welcoming atmosphere. -source: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse 

5. Al’s Hamburgers – 823d715da68668e38d92f5f2c7f0cf60This is a hidden gem of Green Bay that I feel only the locals really know about.  It’s a short, white squared building surrounded by tall buildings downtown Green Bay.  This is a little diner that makes some decent, cheap burgers. The service is nothing great, but they get you your food and check in a timely manner. Definitely get a burger when you go there.  You have to pay extra to get a side and I would recommend the fries or cheese curds.  I’ve been here for breakfast as well.

4. Kroll’s – krolls Kroll’s West is one of those family owned restaurants that “hasn’t changed a bit.” They still serve a “butter burger”—they basically cook their burger in butter and then top if off with ketchup, pickles, onions and MORE butter. Kroll’s butterbugers are one of those things that you need to try when you’re out in Wisconsin for a Packer’s weekend.

 

3. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame packer_hall_of_fame The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame was the first hall of fame built to honor a single professional American football team. William L. Brault, a Green Bay restaurateur and Packers fan, founded the Hall of Fame in 1966. According to Brault, he got the idea after visitors to Green Bay would repeatedly ask about the Packers’ storied history. Sensing opportunity, Brault went to Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, suggesting a “Hall of Fame” should be made to educate tourists about the Packers and their history. Lombardi gave Brault his approval, and according to Brault, as he left, Lombardi called out to him, “Don’t screw it up!”

The Hall contains a vast array of Packers memorabilia, a re-creation of Vince Lombardi’s office, plaques representing each of the inductees and the Lombardi trophies from Green Bay’s four Super Bowl wins. As of 2016, the Packers Hall of Fame has inducted 157 people, 24 of whom have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2. City Stadium citystadium City Stadium, located on the north side of the Green Bay East High School property, was the home of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL from 1925 through 1956. Renovated and downsized, City Stadium remains the home of East High.

 

 

1. Lambeau Field – lamb16_topIt’s the NFL’s most historic stadium, the Yankee Stadium of the NFL, home to the best fans in the NFL and one of the most storied franchises in sports, the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau Field has been the home of the Green Bay Packers for more than five decades and four Super Bowl Champion teams.

10 “Must Visit” Locations for Packers Fans