Our Weekly Message for October 1, 2003

Greetings special friends,

It is hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly and it is already October 1st. The cool air makes the mornings and evenings so pleasant to enjoy the beauty of outdoors. Why, it will be time to start thinking about Christmas shopping before we know it.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once." Jennifer Unlimited

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." Jim Rohn

"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission." Eleanor Roosevelt

Many of you are working early to prepare for contest choreography. Don't forget that many of the companies have changed the time limit for officer and ensemble routines from 3:00 minutes to 2:30 minutes (with a grace period of 15 seconds). Please note that the National Council of Drill Team Camps will observe these new time limits but NOT impose any penalties for 2004. There may be a reminder placed with your score sheets to remind you of the enforcement of the new times for 2005. Make sure to visit the ADTS Contest Page for rules, regulations, registration and more information. Directors make sure to sign up for the Directors Corner so that you can access the 2004 pre-registration page.

Attitude is everything. It can make or break your team, your workplace, your family or yourself. Jim Rohn has compiled an excellent passage on Attitude below that I know you will want to share with others.

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

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


Attitude Is Everything
by Jim Rohn

The process of human change begins within us. We all have tremendous potential. We all desire good results from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.

Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.

Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude.

People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.

No one else "makes us angry." We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.

If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.

If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude or seek to steal it away.

Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. The combination of a sound personal philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and the world around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our existence.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn    


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