Our Weekly Message for November 27, 2001

Hello everyone!

Hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving holidays. We are thankful today for our friends in South Padre Island. They re-opened the bridge to the island last week so that business can get back to normal. I can't imagine how joyous they are!

This week I am off to Des Moines, Iowa, to judge the largest state run dance/drill team competition in the country. There will be over 240 teams competing in Veterans Auditorium for the Iowa State Drill Team Competition. Best of luck to all the Iowa teams! Also, this Saturday, December 1st, will be our Dallas Sidekicks Dance/Drill Team Competition held in Reunion Arena. Competition season is here!

Here is a thought for the week:
"If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around." Jim Rohn**

Now is the time to order costumes for contest season in order to ensure on time delivery. Make sure to resource Curtain Call Costumes for all your costume and practice wear.

Thanksgiving should be a reminder to us to be thankful all year long for many blessings and allow this thanks to launch other important values in our lives. Jim Rohn shares this in his message below.

Have a wonderful week and, as always, please keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


by Jim Rohn 
(excerpted from the New Jim Rohn Weekend Event DVD/CD series)

Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you would respond with, "No, Jim, thankfulness is not key to survival", and I would tend to agree with you. Most of us have probably already solved the necessary problems of survival, gone beyond that and are now working to achieve our desires. But let me give you this key phrase, "Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished.

Both the years and the experiences have brought me here to where I stand today, but it is the thankfulness that opened the windows of opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way. My gratitude starts with my parents who raised me, gave me an incredible foundation that has lasted me all of these years and continues with the mentors that I've met along the way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my life, my income, my bank account, my future. I am also very thankful for the people, the associations, for the ideas, for the chance to work and labor, and to produce results, all of that has brought me to this place, to this weekend. I'm grateful for it all.

What a unique opportunity each one of you here has, so many of us; representing different countries, nations and cultures, to appreciate the uniqueness of our own experiences that has brought us all here, together, for these three days to learn new skills and sharpen old ones. For the countries we represent; we have freedom and liberty. These are extraordinary times, about eleven years ago the walls came tumbling down, in Germany, and it started a wave of democracy and freedom like the world has never seen before. We as a country and as a world have so much to be thankful for. Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and see the miracles that come from this one simple act.

Now thankfulness is just the beginning; next, you've got to challenge yourself to produce. Produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share and give your ideas away. That is called fruitfulness and abundance. Here's what I think fruitfulness and abundance mean - to go to work on producing more than you need for yourself so you can begin blessing others, blessing your nation and blessing your enterprise. Once abundance starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it's amazing what the numbers turn out to be. But to begin this incredible process of blessing, it often starts with the act of thanksgiving and gratitude, being thankful for what you already have and for what you've already done. Begin the act of thanksgiving today and watch the miracles flow your way.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn**

**Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine.

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