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Managing Stress and Mental attitudes

Dale Carnegie’s Principles for Managing Stress and Mental Attitudes

Worrying can lead to high anxiety, which can trigger physical illness.  Below is a summarization of Dale’s principles for managing worry. 

  • Fundamental Principles for Overcoming Worry.
    1. Ask yourself, “what is the worst that can possibly happen?”
    2. Prepare to accept the worst.
    3. Try to improve on the worst.

Remind yourself of the price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.

  • Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry.
    1. Get all the facts.
    2. Weight the facts out, then come to a decision.
    3. Once decision is reached, act! 
  • Break the Worry Habit.
    1. Keep busy.
    2. Don’t fuss about trifles.
    3. Cooperate with the inevitable.
    4. Don’t worry about the past. 
  • Cultivating a Peaceful Mental Attitude.
    1. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health and hope.
    2. Never try to get even with you enemies.
    3. Expect ingratitude.
    4. Count your blessings – not your troubles.
    5. Do not imitate others.
    6. Create happiness for others.
    7. Pray 
  • Controlling Your Response to Criticism.
    1. Do the very best you can.
    2. Analyze your own mistakes and criticize yourself. 
  • Prevent Fatigue and Worry and Keep Your Energy and Spirits High.
    1. Rest before you get tired.
    2. Learn to relax at your work.
    3. Protect your health and appearance by relaxing at home.
    4. Put enthusiasm into your work. 

 “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye



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Foundation of Safety and Life Balance

Recently, our entire team here at Spring Valley Farms met in small groups to review the foundations of safety and also what we believe it means to have good balance in life.  Below is a summarization of the discussions that took place.

The foundation of safety is built on the “ABC’s of Safety”:


  • Being aware of surroundings, weather conditions, and traffic laws
  • Performing pre and post-trip inspections on equipment
  • Use of personal protective equipment


  • Being courteous and respectful to neighbors and everyone in our communities
  • Being a team player
  • Doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking


  • Down time is clean up time
  • Organized sites and clean equipment leads to improved morale and teamwork
  • Having clean equipment is one less factor that could cause an unsafe condition/situation

Here at Spring Valley Farms, we strive for employees to have good life balance.  Our discussion focused on having balance in the following three areas:

  • Health (spiritual, emotional, physical)
  • Relationships (family, friends, community)
  • Well-Being (financial, personal growth, professional growth)

During busy times of year, we realize that our life balance may become out of balance.  However, being aware of this imbalance will hopefully allow us to react accordingly and take measures to get balance back into our lives.  We believe that having good balance in life will result in overall better health! 

Have a great summer from the team here at Spring Valley Farms!

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               As another Mother’s Day approaches it gives me pause to reflect and think about the wonderful, inspiring, and loving person whom I call Mother.  Hardly does a day go by without her teachings and influences affecting my life.  From the reminders of being kind to all, taking the short end of the stick and being thankful for the food that is set before me.

                As I was growing up I had no idea how much my Mother did on a daily basis to keep us all clothed, feed and organized enough to keep going  in the right direction.  It wasn’t until we had our own children that I came to truly appreciate the sacrifices that my Mother made when I was small.  There are basic needs for every child that must be met as they grow, however what sets apart a “great” Mother from a “good” one is the extra things that they provide.  The most important in my opinion is taking the time to teach their children about the Love of God.  This lays the foundation to make good decisions all through life.

                Another lesson that my Mother taught me was that I should never be so busy that I don’t take time to listen to my children when they come to me and want to have a conversation.  To this day when I stop to visit her, she will stop whatever she is doing and say, “Here sit down awhile,” as she pulls out a chair at the table.

                So wherever your Mother is on this Mother’s Day, please make an effort to go and visit her or if that is not possible give her a call and thank her for your life as well as the many acts of kindness she has done on your behalf.

Thank you Mother!

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Want to sleep better?

The National Sleep Foundation did a poll on Exercise and Sleep. 
Here are the top 5 results from the poll:
1. Exercisers say they sleep better. People who say they exercise report better sleep than those who say they don't exercise. More than three-fourths of exercisers said there sleep quality improved two weeks later after they started exercising.
2. Vigorous exercisers report the best sleep. Vigorous exercisers are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to have a good nights sleep. Vigorous exercisers reported the least sleep problems.
3. Non-exercisers are the sleepiest and have the highest risk of sleep apnea. More than four in ten non-exercisers (44%) showed a moderate risk for sleep apnea, compared to between 26% of light exercisers and 19% of vigorous exercisers.
4. Less time sitting is associated with better sleep and health. Those who sit for fewer than 8 hours a day were significantly more likely to report they had very good sleep.
5. Exercising at any time of the day appears to be good for sleep. They found that no matter what time of the day you exercise it improved sleep. They found exercising close to bedtime was not associated with poorer sleep quality.

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Comfort Food Recipes

Chocolate comfort Cake

  • 1 package dark chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into a well-greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a double boiler, melt butter and chocolate. Stir occasionally until mixture is glossy and smooth. Drizzle over cake.

Tips: The coffee brings out the delicious chocolate flavor. So even if you're not a coffee fan, don't be tempted to skip it.

If you like a thicker frosting instead of a chocolate glaze, reduce the amount of butter by half.


Sausage Cream Cheese Chip Dip

1 Lb. of Sausage, Browned

1 8oz. Pkg. Cream Cheese

1 10oz. Can Rotel

Place all Ingredients in a Crock-Pot & Turn to Low.  Be sure to stir several times while the Cream Cheese Melts.  Serve when warm. Serve with your Favorite Tortilla Chips!


Herbed Dinner Rolls

1c.warm water (70-80 degrees)

2 T. butter, softened

1 egg

1/4c. Sugar

1 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Italian Herbs, Crushed

3 ¼ c. bread flour

1 T. active dry yeast

Additional Butter, melted (opt.)


In bread machine, place the water, softened butter, egg, sugar, salt, seasonings, flour, and yeast.  Select dough setting (check dough after 5 min. Of mixing; add 1-2T of water, or flour, if needed) When cycle is completed, turn dough onto lightly-floured surface.  Divide dough into 16 portions; shape each into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover & let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. If desired, brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire cooling racks. Yield: 16 rolls.


A very flavorful bread.  It can be made in a mixer-just knead with a dough hook for 5 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover; let rise about 1 hour.  Punch dough down and proceed with recipe as above.

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10 Steps to Achieve Any Goal

Personal accountability is No. 1!

1) Redefine accountability. 

Stay true to yourself and your goals. You must view your accountability as a gift to yourself.

2) Think as if your life depended on it. 

When you shift to a determined, creative mindset, you begin to discover solutions for challenges that you may have believed were out of your control. While your life may not be at risk, your happiness and success are.

3) When you can’t control your circumstances, don’t let your circumstances control you. 

Whether you get off the couch on your own or require a little nudge from somewhere else, the point is to get out there and do something.

4) You’ve got to want it more than you don’t want it.

 Everything will exact a certain price from you—energy, effort, patience, resources. Success comes when you hit a tipping point and begin to desire your goal more than you dread the cost of reaching it.

5) Don’t let gravity pull you down. 

It seems that tough problems and challenging obstacles have enough mass to pull you away from getting what you want. This force gets bigger and stronger as the challenges get larger and tougher. Don’t give in!

6) Every breakthrough requires a bold stroke.

When you discover your own internal power, you see that you have the right, the ability, even the obligation, to create your own best reality.

7) Ask for feedback. 

Soliciting advice and criticism from others creates accountability. 

Feedback is key to overcoming blind spots and achieving better results.

8) Ask yourself, Am I a renter or an owner?

 We care more for the things we own than for the things we rent because we don’t have as much invested in things that are temporary. If you’re really committed to achieving your goal, go all in.

9) Prepare to move a lot of dirt.

The bottom-line secret to success: Keep digging.  Never give up. Persist!

10) Make it happen! 

Make a choice and act on it.  True success doesn’t come from the outside but from within.  Taking greater personal accountability is the key to succeeding in everything you do. 


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Builders and Wreckers

Builders and Wreckers

I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,

They swung a crane and a sidewall fell.


I asked the foreman, “Are these men as skilled

As the men you hire when you have to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No, indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do”.


And I thought to myself as I went my way,

Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder, who works with care,

Measuring life with a ruler and square?


Am I shaping my deeds by a well-laid plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?


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Teaching the Next Generation

We have gained knowledge and wisdom by making mistakes and living through other experiences and it is now our task to teach our children these things.  People have not changed a lot over the years.  Attitudes, emotions and resiliency are very similar today as they have been in the past.  This can be viewed as being bad or good.  Bad in the fact that we continue to make the same mistakes over or good by being able to study history and learn from it if we so desire.

Most importantly is to teach the next generation of the Love of Christ and the importance of serving him as Lord and Master as we journey here below.  There is no higher calling than to serve Him.  The Bible tells us very clearly that man is inherently evil and that we must teach our children to be good.  This can be difficult to do day after day but it will be worth the effort if we can attain Heaven.

We must also teach our children about the history of our country and our families.  This great country was founded on the inherent belief that men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  This is important because we have the freedom to worship as we choose, we can travel without restriction, and we can vote on leadership that aligns with our beliefs.  Each one our families are unique with different stories in how we got to where we are today or where we came from and the challenges that we faced to get from there to here.  This is important information to tell the next generation so they can understand why we believe what we do.

There are few things more satisfying that sitting down and talking with your children and sharing with them the wonders of life.  Explaining to them for the first time why the sun comes up in the East or how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly or telling the history of your family and where their traits come from. 

Let’s each one take the time to teach the next generation!

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Here at Spring Valley Farms we are passionate about active relationships. As we spend time this winter planning for 2017, we are very grateful for the people and organizations that we work with to make it all happen.

For a relationship to be active there needs to be ongoing open and honest communications-creating ways to work together to implement win-win solutions for all areas of the business. Whether we are working with our bankers, seed dealers, crop protection suppliers, plant food suppliers, feedlot customers, trucking customers, insurance agents, land partners or land owners we appreciate feedback and creative thoughts and ideas about how to get better at what we do.

Please take a minute to review the Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog concept and you will see that Active Relationships are one of the three areas we are focused on as we make long term decisions.

Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog Concept

Our Passion is Active Relationships

Our economic engine is Agricultural Commodities

We can be the best in the world at Efficient Resource Utilization 

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Core Values

Core values are a vital set of key principles that guide a business. In the course of writing, “Built to Last” Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras spent six years researching organizations that have endured recessions and depressions over the decades. One of their key findings was that in every case these companies defined their core values early on and built a culture of people around them. 

Spring Valley Farms Core Values:       

Team Work- Are you willing to help out where ever you are needed? Are the procedures in your area efficient and simple?

Honesty & Integrity – do your actions promote the image of the company? Do you do a great job even when no one is looking?

Strong work ethic – not only do you work hard but do you work smart?

Humility – Is your ego properly balanced?      

Candor – Do your words and actions help people grow?

Possessing a strong culture is one of the biggest competitive advantages that a business can have. It take all hands on deck to execute but it is well worth the effort.   

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