Our Weekly Message for September 25, 2002

Greetings special friends,

Well the first day of fall has arrived and brought with it the onslaught of hurricane season with Isidore in the Gulf of Mexico. Many states will get much needed rain while Louisiana will be pounded. Please keep our Louisiana  friends in your prayers.

Here are some special thoughts for the day:

"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."
-- B. C. Forbes

"Difficulties exist to be surmounted."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
-- Margaret Thatcher

Have you ever thought about the incredibly huge impact that the internet has had on our world the past ten years? I mean.....REALLY thought about how it has impacted communication and business? It has certainly changed our lives and allowed people with dreams to start a business with very little and build it into something big. It has allowed old friends to find each other. It has allowed us to correspond more often and send photos, documents and
valuable information instantly.

Gossip is another thing that can spread quickly. It can damage friendships and hurt families. Below is a special passage that was sent in Jim Rohn's weekly letter about gossip. Take the time to read and share it with others. It can truly change the way we communicate by using positive speech instead of negative.

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

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


by Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg

(Excerpted from "GOSSIP: Ten Pathways To Eliminate It From Your Life And Transform Your Soul" by Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg (Simcha Press)

Gossip may be defined as any form of communication that harms another. Gossip can ruin lives, assassinate reputations, split families, alienate friends and destroy businesses. On the other hand, a gossip-free environment leads to peaceful lives, healthier relationships, and overall prosperity.

Yes, the gift of speech is a marvelous one, depending upon how it is used.

Would you like your words to soothe instead of sting? Heal instead of hurt? And Build instead of burn? Following these ten pathways will help:

#1 Speak No Evil. Say only positive statements. Let words of kindness be on your tongue.

#2 Hear No Evil. Refuse to listen to gossip, slander and other negative forms of speech.

#3 Don't Rationalize Destructive Speech. Excuses like "But it's true" or "I'm only joking" or "I can tell my spouse/friend anything" just don't cut it.

#4 See No Evil. Judge people favorably, the way you would want them to judge you.

#5 Beware of Speaking Evil Without Saying An Evil Word. Body language, and even positive speech can bring tremendous destruction.

#6 Be Humble; Avoid Arrogance. These will be your greatest weapons against destructive speech.

#7 Beware Of Repeating Information. Loose lips sink ships. Even positive information needs permission before being repeated.

#8. Honesty Really Is The Best Policy - Most of the Time. Be careful to always tell the truth unless it will hurt others, break your own privacy or publicize your accomplishments.

#9 Learn to Say, "I'm Sorry." Everyone makes mistakes. If you've spoken badly about someone, clear it up immediately.

#10. Forgive. If you have been wronged, let it go.

Try this for the next month. The good news is, if you slip up now and then, it only means you are human. Try again. I congratulate you simply for making the effort.

Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg

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


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