What Cutthroat Kitchen has taught me about my goals and finances
Happy 2016 y’all! I’m still recovering over my holiday overeating. Thank God the leftovers and banana pudding is gone, because for some reason I couldn’t stop eating. I know yall are not reading this judging me?! I know good and well you had your fair share of indulging over the past few weeks so, spare me.
One day over break I was eating banana pudding and watching Cutthroat Kitchen, okay so I may or may not have been eating my second bowl of banana pudding, again judgment free zone.
For those of you who have never watched Cutthroat Kitchen here are the details:
“Cutthroat Kitchen” isn’t a typical cooking competition. A player, in addition to being a good chef, must be able to outwit and, at times, sabotage opponents in order to win. Each episode features four people vying in three rounds to win up to $25,000 cash. At the beginning, $100,000 is split evenly among the players to spend however they wish during the game. The chefs spend the money at auctions to get things that could help them — like buying exclusive use of salt — or hinder their opponents — like prohibiting them from tasting a recipe in progress. Each round eliminates one chef until there is a winner.” –www.google.com/
My favorite part about Cut Throat kitchen is that different obstacles are brought upon the contestants, but they can’t complain. They still must complete the task at hand and cook their best meal with whatever is available or not available to them. When the head chef comes to test the contestants food they can’t explain to the chef the obstacles they had to face to prepare their meal.
If the assignment was to bake a cake and they didn’t have access to eggs, well that’s just too bad. They can only let their meal do the talking. How great is that? If this isn’t a lesson I don’t know what is.
How many times have you set a goal for yourself only to face an obstacle and let the excuses stop you from being great?
You complaining to anyone that will listen about how you didn’t do such and such and why it didn’t work out, well if you were on Cutthroat Kitchen there would be no explaining. They don’t care what you had to go through. They don’t care if you had to cook the entire meal laying on your back as if you were a mechanic, they don’t care if you were in a potato sac with 2 other people and had to hop around the whole time to complete the task. Did you accomplish the task at hand or nah? Did you get the job done? That’s all that matters.
We expect things from other people without excuses so we need to hold ourselves to the same standard. If last year you had goals of paying off your credit card debt, or losing weight or starting your business you have no one to blame, but yourself. Stop with the excuses and do something about it.
So as you work on your
resolutions goals for this year, imagine that you are the head chef that isn’t allowed to hear any excuses. Did I accomplish the goal? Yes or no? I really want you to keep this in mind this year.
Set a concrete goal, put a date on it, break it down into monthly tasks and get to work. Your excuses aren’t valid here. Just like in Cutthroat Kitchen you can’t explain why something didn’t get done or doesn’t taste like it should you need to treat your goals the same way.
Another lesson we can learn from the show is to use your money wisely. At the beginning of the show, each 4 of the contestants are given $25,000 each to spend during the contest. The chefs must spend the money in an auction to get supplies or ingredients that will help them win. Or to buy ingredients and supplies that will throw their competition off their game.
In one of the episodes, a contestant let’s call him Jake, spent the majority of his money in round one. Jake was feeling himself. Spending $7,500 here and $10,000 there like it was nothing. He was laughing at his competition. When the last round rolled around his component had the last laugh because he was able to beat him. Jake’s opponent beat him because he didn’t have enough money to avoid any of the obstacles since he spent most of the money he had in round one.
Jake was feeling like the man spending all he had, yet when he needed the money most he didn’t have it.
Don’t be like this guy this year. Seriously. Make a plan for your money. You don’t have anything to prove to anybody. Stunt for what? Flex for what? Prove it to yourself that you care about your future and reaching your goals.