Our Weekly Message for October 24, 2002

Greetings special friends,

We just returned from California and visiting several friends in the dance/drill team world including Linda Hall with Happy Feet Dance Boots & Sneakers and Lesli Blackman (ADTS Staff and formerly with Leapin' Leotards Dancewear). It was great seeing special friends that mean so much to our industry. The weather was beautiful and San Francisco was hopping with Giants fever and the World Series.

Here are some special thoughts for the day on overcoming negative:

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." -- Walter Bagehot

"As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem." -- Stephen Covey

"Hatred is the most destructive force on earth. It does the most damage to those who harbor it." -- Nido Qubein

"You are positive, creative and happy to the degree to which you eliminate negative emotions from your life." -- Brian Tracy

As we were flying back on the plane yesterday, my thoughts and prayers were with the law enforcement officers in Maryland and Virginia searching for the vicious snipers, that God would lead the snipers into a snare. My prayers, along with the rest of our country, were with the families of the fallen citizens and the many families living in fear of going about their every day lives. Thanks to so many prayers, it appears that these terrible murderers have been captured. I ran across a special passage from Jim Rohn that spoke about 'personal responsibility' and felt that it was pertinent to reread today (below).

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

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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