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five tips to help you keep your resolution:

"Do you really want to make the change? We often resolve to change something that we truly have no intention of changing. This can serve to be counterproductive and provide us a sense of failure. It is important to consider what we need to do to change and evaluate how we will do it."

1. When we resolve to change, it needs to come with a strategy to change. Simply saying you want to do something does not fuel the change. Consider the strategy and outline the process of change that is simple and realistic.

2. Keep resolutions to a minimum. Attempting to stop or start multiple things may serve to overwhelm you and prevent you from doing any of them. It makes good sense to keep change simple and to tackle one major change at a time. Having multiple resolutions may be too much for the brain to process and may make change difficult."

3. Develop accountability partners. Lock in someone who will supports your change. For example, if your goal is to exercise, you might want to hire a trainer. A study atMcMaster University found that people who are new to an exercise activity perform better when their goals are set by a fitness professional rather than by themselves.

4. Appreciate the changes you are attempting and reward yourself throughout the process. If you are keeping goals simple, you can appreciate exercising more or better eating.

5. Studies show stress can kill you, so attend to it. Many resolutions center around things we do to help us cope with stress, such as smoking, drinking or overeating. When we change the behaviors, we need a new plan to manage stress.

The process of thinking about change is critical to developing actual change. It is a process that is helpful no matter what time of year.

A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research in 2006 supports that notion. Researchers found that when people predict that they will do a socially good deed, such as recycling, the chances of them actually doing the good deed increases.

A clear benefit of the self-prophecy technique is its simplicity: a question followed by a simple 'yes' or 'no' elicits behavioral change.

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We’ve been providing a lot of peer mentoring for Consumers who have been overwhelmed by grief and are having pessimistic thoughts plague their lives. Thus, we compiled the following list of tips to help them cope with the adversity they face.

The power of positive thinking is immense, the value of a positive mental attitude is priceless. It is a value everyone must have. It is the prelude to success, within and without.

To cultivate a habit of positive thinking with chains of less than perfect habits and thinking that we have picked up in the course of our lives, is an art that has to be acquired. Here are 10 tips for positive thinking and practical steps that enable positive thinking to be indelibly part of your life, that will leave living richer fuller and happier.

 1. Learn. Read. Listen. Daily. To inspiring thoughts, audios, movies, battles conquered, adventures encountered, obstacles overcome.  There are people who have distilled blood, sweat and tears of wisdom into books, tapes and courses.    It is said that you become what you think about all day. Learn from and model. Associate yourself with people who think positively.

2. Optimism. Psychologist Martin Seligman mentions that those who are optimistic do not think like pessimists who tend to see problems as permanent, pervasive and personal. Rather than saying " I'm doomed",  "Everything's finished." "I'm no good" Optimists see a way out, they confine the problem and do not take it personally. They do not indulge in catastrophic thinking. The glass if half full. There will be better days. Belief and hope is half the battle won.

3. Gratitude – whatever happens, there are worse situations. if you are breathing, be glad to be alive. If you have lost all possessions, be glad you have something to wear. There is always something to be grateful for. Gratitude unlocks beauty, calms and expands the mind. Gratitude gives joy. And has benefits beyond what you can see- physiological, mental, psychological, spiritual, and even social. Be grateful. And blessed.

4. Taking responsibility instead of blame. You will be able to take locus and control of your life again. The storms may rage around you. but you are responsible for getting out of it. You will swim out no matter what . you don't wait for the rain to stop before you move. You don't wait for the other person to react before you make the first move.

5. Not allowing negative emotions to overwhelm you. You may have been beaten sore. But there is still breath in you enough to fight another day. The world may have been unfair, but you are only going to cry in your closet for only a little while. It may be a blessings in disguise. Every experience learned will lead more wisdom in the next, Every adversity has the seed of a greater benefit. You will be surprised sometimes things that seem adversities turn out to be opportunities in disguise

 6. Persistence. Push. Beyond The Dip. Seth Godin explains that most people do not achieve what they want is because they give up before they cross The Dip. What is The Dip? It is the 10th job interview where they never even fall you back. It is the 100th time you fall on your butt while learning to snowboard. It is any rough patch you have to get through before achieving your big goal. Success is only a step away. Or maybe a few more steps. Never give up. Don't quit. Ask. And you will receive.

7. Believe-  even if everything tells you otherwise. In your gut feeling. That there can be miracles. That things can be changed. Expectancy. Belief in yourself. In better days. In hope. In goodness. Trust in God to take you through.

 8. Seek divine guidance. When you are overwhelmed. When bad things happen to good people like yourself. When you are stuck and find no way out. Or even before the start of an ordinary day. Og Mandino, in his book The Greatest Salesman in the World mentions: " I will pray.. in this manner: Oh Creator of all things, help me….for this day I go out into the world naked and alone, and without  your hand to guide me, I will wander far from the path that leads to success and happiness. .… teach me how to hunt with words and prosper with love… Discipline me in the habit of trying and trying again.. bathe me in good habits that the bad ones may drown; yet grant me compassion for weaknesses in other. Suffer me to know that all things shall pass; yet help me count my blessings of today. Let me become all you planned for me when my seed was planted and selected by you to sprout in the vineyard of the world…"

  8. Keep the big picture in mind. Distractions, pettiness, they can irritate you for the moment. Never lose sight of what you are here for and keep your eyes on your vision and goal. You can revise them now and again if you find it is not really. And if you really  When you steer a ship, you look at a far point, not the waves in front of you. Search within. Follow your compass and stick to it.

 9.Accepting your lot when you have to, while sticking to your dreams of better things to come. Adapting while being content in the midst of situations. Remember the serenity prayer- teach me to accept things that cannot be changed and change what you can, and knowing how to distinguish the two. There is a time for everything, and perhaps it is the time to wait and be patient. A time to reflect, change. Humility. Emptiness. Mourning. There is a time and place for this. It is refreshing time, an important time. Treasure it.

 10. Bringing joy and hope in the lives of others. Adding value. Touching lives. After all, dreams for yourself, and self glory end in hollow emptiness at the end. The most meaningful moments are those when lives are touched, legacy left, personal battles won. We exist for each other. Meaningful moments often involve people- touching people, touching lives.


In short, positive thinking is more than looking at the bright side.


It is an entire lifestyle of thinking rightly, which will leave you more fulfilled, happy and satisfied than ever before.

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We want to wish everyone a great 2010!!! We hope that everyone had a great Christmas holiday, filled with joy and happiness. Here at the Ability Center we’re excited about 2010 as we have many projects that will enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities in southwestern New Mexico. From free sign language classes to business computer training, our additional services will improve considerably the abilities of our Consumers and in turn, our communities. For this month’s edition of our newsletter, we’re going to focus on:

·        Our monthly activities.

·        The grant awarded to us by The McCune Charitable Foundation.

·        5 Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution(s)

·        Tips to keep a positive mindset

·        Listing of our community partners





·        Our Independent Living Program continues doing well. Our Food Bank will expand this approaching month, so we’re excited about this growth. Our equipment bank continues to provide an invaluable service for individuals in need of mobility equipment and medical supplies. Our Outreach activities into Luna County will intensify next month. Our sign language classes will begin next month as well as our business computer classes. Our mobile computer lab will be up and running next month as we expand computer classes into our catchment area outside of Las Cruces. Simply put, it will be a busy year for our Independent Living Program, but that is how we like it.

·        Our Social Security Program continues doing well providing money-management services to eligible Consumers as well as teaching these same Consumers basic budgeting skills.

·        Our TBI Program continues providing quality Life Skills Coaching in collaboration with Sun Country Case Management. We know that with the holiday season over, things will intensify for this program.



Grant Award From The McCune Charitable Foundation


     The Ability Center received a grant of $1,500 from the McCune Charitable Foundation to provide Business Computer Training to its Consumers to improve their computer skills and ultimately, their employability.  We are excited about this award and ensure we’ll implement a quality project.



As Valentine’s Day is the next big holiday on our calendar, we wanted to provide a recipe for you to make for that special someone or for yourself.



  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups cinnamon sugar


1.    In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

2.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3.    Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.

4.    Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.





The Ability Center wants to take the time to thank the following individuals and (or) organizations for the great contributions they have made to the Center helping to fulfill our mission:

·        Aging and Long Term Services: Traumatic Brain Injury Program

·        Blas Rel

·        Brain Injury Association of New Mexico

·        Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Foundation

·        Casa De Oro Care Center

·        Chris Van Horn

·        Christina Little of the United Way of Southwestern New Mexico

·        Deming Luna County Commission on Aging

·        Disability Rights New Mexico

·        Hidalgo County Senior Center

·        Independent Living Resource Center of Albuquerque

·        Munson Center

·        Our Dedicated Board of Directors

·        Our Dedicated Staff

·        Rehabilitation Services Administration

·        San Juan Center for Independence

·        Sandra Williams

·        Social Security Administration

·        The Catron County Health Council

·        The McCune Charitable Foundation

·        The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Area 3 Office

·        The New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability

Most importantly, our Consumers for having faith in us and coming back to us for assistance to live a high quality of life in their communities free of exploitation and institutionalization.







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