Our Weekly Message for December 12, 2001

Hello friends,

There is a little over a week left before we are out for the Christmas Holidays. Make sure to visit our web site to see a special holiday message.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Never attack a problem without also presenting a solution." Jim Rohn

"One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention." 
Jim Rohn

"Attitude is greatly shaped by influence and association." Jim Rohn

The Texas Dance Drill Team Educators convention is just around the corner the first week in January in Houston. Directors can resource your state and national professional associations for support, conventions, online information and professional enrichment. Here are a few:

Australia Drill Team
Colorado HSAA
Dance/Drill Team Directors of America
IHSDTA - Indiana High School Dance Team Association
Illinois Drill Team Association
Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association
North Dakota Association of Dance and Drill

In our approach to Christmas, let us take the time to be especially appreciative of friends and family. Make sure to start your list for New Year's resolutions and top it off with being a better friend and more loving family member. Know that you can take personal responsibility for yourself. I hope the article below by Jim Rohn will inspire you to start your list.

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

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


Personal Responsibility
by Jim Rohn 


Don't become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?

It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.

You say, "The country is messed up." That's like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you've got. Don't curse all you've got. When you get your own planet, you can rearrange this whole deal. This one you've got to take like it comes.

Walk away from the 97% crowd. Don't use their excuses. Take charge of your own life.

Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Since I will be no one's slave, I will be no one's master."

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don't have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes.

Your paycheck is not your employer's responsibility, it's your responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.

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