Set the Example and Remarkable Will Follow

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Last evening I was talking with a former staff member from the church I used to lead when I was reminded of a conversation my wife and I had last week. Since the two of us got married 21 years ago, I’ve been a workaholic and my wife has been saddled with the responsibility of cooking for our family.  However, this fall, since I "resigned" from my former church, I’ve had more time to help out around the house, including cooking—which I’ve found out is something I actually love doing.

Also, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed from some of my previous blogs, I’ve become somewhat addicted to the food network. What watching that network has done for me is it’s inspired me to want to create "remarkable" meals (i.e. not just the same ‘ol same ‘ol cooked the same ‘ol way!).  Well, as I started cooking, primarily using five star recipes off of the food network website, my family and others kept remarking (the key word), "That was incredible!" Again, I don’t think it was the chef, I think it was one newbie cook using great recipes that just weren’t ordinary.

Well, something interesting started to happen to my wife.  A few weeks after i started cooking to rave reviews, she started to cook more and started to try new recipes herself.  So, last week I asked her, "Honey, what’s gotten in to you?"  To which she responded, "What can I say, you’ve inspired me."  But, it doesn’t stop there, because tomorrow, for Thanksgiving Day, my mother and i have worked out a full menu (again, mostly from the food network site and their five star recipes) that will be radically different than our traditional Thanksgiving dinner that we’ve had for years.  And the motivation continues!

To me, this is the power of creating a remarkable organization.  Once someone, or a group of someones. start to model remarkable behaviors, it inspires others to be remarkable.  The chefs at the Food Network inspired me, I inspired my wife and mother, now we’ll see who they inspire.  Remarkable is contagious.  So, if you want to start a remarkable culture, let it begin with you.  How can you take what you’re doing and take it up a notch?  How can you do what you normally do in a new and remarkable way? Because the more remarkable you are, the more you’ll inspire those around you to be remarkable as well!

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.  In case you’re curious, here’s the menu.

Brined Turkey (Food Network)
Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing (Food Network)
Giblet Gravy (Emeril)
Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Tyler Florence)
Sweet Potato Puree with Bananas and Buttered Pecans (Tyler Florence/Food 911)
Sauteed Green Beans (Giada style)
Zucchini (family recipe)
Squash (family recipe)
Cranberry Fruit Conserve (Barefoot Contessa)
Spicy Greens with Warm Vinaigrette (Rachel Ray)
Cornbread (family recipe)
Homemade Apple Sauce
Assorted Pies (Apple, Pumpkin, Cranberry Apple, etc.)

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