Our Weekly Message for January 29, 2003

Greetings special friends,

We are back in the warmth of Texas this week with contests this weekend in Houston, Kilgore and New Orleans. You can check out the schedules and teams on our main page of our web site.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth." -- Benjamin Disraeli

"Calmness is the cradle of power." -- Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Civilization is the intelligent management of human emotions." -- Jim Rohn

As you are getting ready for contests and also tryouts around the corner, don't forget to resource the Education  Support Page on our web site that offers over 100 support and reference articles for your use. Remember that you can also pre-register for contests on the Contest Page as well.

It is not too early to get your Private Camp bid by using the online request form on our web site. You can get a customized bid price back to you within 2-3 days. We already have over 45 camps reserved for 2003 and had over 100 private camps last summer. Many weeks are filling quickly so make your request and reserve your date  today!

The desire to succeed is part of the process and road to success. Tom Hopkins has some concise words to offer on how to achieve success in your life. May you have a successful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

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


Developing Desire to Succeed
by Tom Hopkins

Here are three methods of developing a burning desire to succeed. They will work - if you want them to.

1. The greatest obstacle to developing desire is a conviction that we'll never be able to fulfill it. So many people discourage desire to avoid the frustration they may encounter. If you don't have a burning desire to better your life, you're cheating yourself and your loved ones with phony excuses. You're choosing a level of life that's poor compared to what you could have with the extra exertion you're capable of. It's all on your shoulders and  there's no way you can shift a bit of the responsibility to anyone else.

2. Focus on the specific things you want. Make agreements with yourself. When I do this, I get that. Don't try to make yourself work for nothing.

3. Take it in steps. If you've never made more than minimum wage, don't aim for half a million dollars the first year. The essential element is faith in yourself.

I know former migrant farm workers who came out of the fields and make themselves wealthy. If your sunshine wants far outstrip your cold morning desire, have a talk with yourself, then have a lot more talks. Convince yourself you can succeed and will succeed.


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