I come to you TODAY with a desire to be something more than I was yesterday, to be more than I think I can be tomorrow, and to be everything that I want right now.
I left you yesterday with the outcome of my efforts, a chance to find out about myself and learn from my winnings and mistakes. I leave yesterday with experience and learnings that can only be understood when I walk the steps of someone willing to take the next step.
The lessons of yesterday, the day before that, the week before that, the month before that, and the year before that have made me who I am TODAY. I have not forgotten where I have come from and I will never forget who I am TODAY.
I cannot change the events of yesterday. I cannot make my struggles less painful and my winnings grander. I cannot cover up my scars simply because I do not want to be reminded of them every day. I see the scars, I feel the pain, and I yearn for more.
My past is behind me, but it fuels every aspect of who I am TODAY.
I miss those that helped push me yesterday only to see me in position to be successful TODAY. I never understood why they said the things to me, why they pushed me so hard, why they never let me quit, or why they were not trying to be my friend. I did not understand it then, but I understand it TODAY.
Excellence does not just happen TODAY because I was lucky. Greatness is achieved because it was prepared for every day of my existence.
The hunger for excellence has never relented, but TODAY it is strong. I am ready to be great TODAY. Not tomorrow, not yesterday. Right now – TODAY.
I have a TEAM around me for a reason. It is my responsibility to ask them for help to assist me in reaching my dreams. I cannot, I will not, and I have never done it alone – that will not happen TODAY. I have a TEAM TODAY.
My TEAM flies like the geese in formation for a reason, commanding the attention of everyone we pass. We sail above others on the wings of one another. Every time I push, I carry my teammate along. I always know where they are and they always know where I am. Yesterday, TODAY, and tomorrow, we fly on the wings of one another.
I trust my team, my coaches, my managers, and my leaders. Their experience provides the roadmap for success. It is my job to listen, learn, and apply the lessons that will make me better. I will remain humble in my winnings, gracious in my struggles, and committed to my process. I am part of a TEAM and TODAY, I will commit to making the TEAM better.
Each day is an opportunity to be great. It is up to me to be what I believe I can be. Not you, or you, or you. ME – TODAY.
TODAY – I am excellent because my preparation has demanded that of me.
TODAY – I am honored by the support and efforts of others.
TODAY – I will represent the efforts of others with honor, respect, and dignity.
TODAY – I will leave a legacy of excellence in every facet of my life.
TODAY – I will dominate every opportunity or challenge placed before me.
TODAY – I make my TEAM better and they will make me better.
TODAY – I will be me and love every minute of it.
TODAY – will you?