Our Weekly Message for October 12, 2004

Greetings special friends,

I hope that your year is continuing down a positive path. Make sure to resource our web site for hundreds of motivational passages as well as support information for dance/drill teams: http://www.danceadts.com.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.” Kenny Ausubel, journalist and entrepeneur
“It is not enough to get things done; they must be done right.”
Arthur Twining Hadley (1856-1930) economist and educator
“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
Lucy Larcom (1826-1893) poet
“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.”
Janet Lane

Several years ago, our then Superintendent of schools wrote an article in the paper about excellence and hard work. I came across it again and decided that it was worthy to pass along to you. I hope that you can use it in whatever line of work or school you are in.

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

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


by Dr. Steven Ervin, former 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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