Our Weekly Message for January 2, 2002

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that your holidays were full of joy and fun with family and friends. We saw lots of dancers at bowl game halftimes. It was a terrific site to see!

We had a couple of inches of snow last night here in Salado, Texas. It is quite an unusual site for us this time of year. It has melted and gone today but was quite nice to have a fire in the fireplace and see big flakes of snow.

Here are some thoughts to start your year:
"Always be willing to look at both sides of the argument. Understanding the other side is the best way to strengthen your own." Jim Rohn

"The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get." 
Jim Rohn

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." --John Wooden

We are off today for Houston to the Texas Dance/Drill Team Educator's convention. There will be over 300 directors from around the state. There will also be about 150 All State performers that will entertain the audience at the banquet. Congratulations to Beverly Skipper, Donna Mastandrea-Haas and Dr. Joan Hayes for being inducted into the Texas Drill Team Hall of Fame. We will honor them on Friday evening at the convention.

Below is a group of valuable thoughts from Jim Rohn about Personal Responsibility. I always remember a quote, "If it is to be, it is up to me." This reminds us that we are ultimately responsible for ourselves. We can control our destiny. It is up to us to take charge of our lives. 

May you have a wonderful week and the beginning of a successful 2002, and as always, please keep in touch.

Happy New Year!

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


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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