Our Weekly Message for October 30, 2003

Greetings special friends,

Many of you may be planning a special Halloween Half-time Show this weekend. Hope it is a 'treat' for the audience!

Here are some thoughts for the day from "Bits and Pieces":

"In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering." Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) Pediatrician and writer

"To take time to think is to take time to live." Nancy Kline, writer

"Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out." Libbie Fudim

"You may have the loftiest goals, the highest ideals, the noblest dreams, but remember this, nothing works unless you do." Nido Qubein, business consultant and author

Birthdays are a special time to celebrate life. With so many friends and staff, it is impossible for me to keep up with them all without BirthdayAlarm.com. It is a free service that you can use to remind you of birthdays and send free "E-cards" as well as resource other gifts and services. Visit their web site for more information on signing up your friends and associates and be reminded of their birthdays.

Congratulations to many of the teams around the country who participated in the Komen Race for the Cure® a couple of weeks ago benefiting breast cancer research. Many dance/drill teams will make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation each week in honor of their opposing team, instead of buying candy or offering other gifts. This is a great way to keep your team civic minded through charity events or involvement. This year, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Komen Race for the Cure®, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. In 20 years, the Komen Race for the Cure® has grown from one local Race with 800 participants in Dallas, Texas, to a series of more than 100 Races with 1.5 million people expected to participate in 2003. For more information, visit their web site.

With just a few more weeks of football season ahead, it is time to think about contest season around the corner. You will want to be planning choreography and costumes for your routines. If you are needing choreography, you can resource either our video library on our web site or contact our office for a choreographer for your contest routines. For costumes visit Curtain Call Costumes or the DanceUSA Home Page ;dance, drill team, pep squad for some of the latest costumes ideas for your team.

"Excellence is the Result of Hard Work" is the title of the passage below written by the former superintendent from here in Salado, our corporate headquarters. It has many truisms that can work for anyone. I hope that you enjoy it and can apply it to your situation.

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


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


by Steven Ervin, Salado I.S.D. Superintendent

Success does not simply happen. Excellence, whether perfected in professional or personal achievement, is the result of hard work, planning and preparation. People who succeed have learned to apply themselves, their time, talent and resources to achieve goals.

The time to begin applying yourself and efficiently and effectively focusing your efforts is today. Like the longest journey, the path towards any established goal begins with a single step. The process for efficient application of one's effort is simple; beginning is the most difficult task of all.

1. Define your goal in writing. Putting your goal on paper reflect a bit of formality, a "contract" you are establishing with yourself. Include in the definition of the goal what you hope to gain by accomplishing this goal.

2. Set a realistic date for accomplishing the goal.

3. What tasks will you need to accomplish in order to meet the goal?

4. Prioritize the tasks you will need to accomplish to achieve the goals. Make a list of tasks beginning the list with those that need to be accomplished first and continuing the list in sequential order.

5. Large tasks should be broken down into achievable smaller steps.

6. Assign monthly, weekly and daily deadlines to each of the sub-tasks that will lead to the accomplishment of the goal.

7. Record your progress in the attainment of subgoals.

8. Reward yourself for the attainment of goals. Balance hard work with activities meant solely for your pleasure.

In pursuit of your goals, don't underestimate the value of most important things in life: your family, friends and associates. Try to become more aware of how you utilize your time. While charting a week of your daily time utilization may be cumbersome, through such methods you may find it possible to reduce time used inefficiently or on activities you do not value and increase the time used constructively towards achievement of goals which reflect your values.

Make a list each evening of things you want to accomplish the next day. Cross off tasks as they are completed. If there are tasks remaining at the end of the day, place them at the top of the list for the next day.


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