You Have To Value The Next Step

This past weekend I was invited to take part in the Alabama-Mississippi District Meeting for the Junior Optimist Club. It was such a rewarding opportunity to speak with the large group of youth who have made the commitment to be Optimist Club members. I shared with them the importance of starting with self and thinking critically about their pathways to success, with a reminder that each of them are unique and must define their path, not getting caught up following someone else’s plan of action.

I emphasized the fact that a step in the right direction meant truly realizing the right course of action for successful future growth. The students’ weekend was full of activities that exuded the purpose of the optimist club, and I have to say I was very proud to be amongst our Junior Optimist Club members.

Last year was my first involvement with the Athens Chapter of the Optimist Club. I was so impressed by the work of our Athens Chapter that I became a member. If you are not familiar with the work of the Optimist Club, then you must take a moment to find out more. It is a wonderful organization serving youth in the community. Be a member or a contributor; you will truly be blessed!

As I concluded my presentation with the youth at their district meeting, I called to their attention the following:

  • Develop a plan of action based on you and not others. Everyone’s plan is unique in it own way.
  • Establish and execute smart goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, & Time based).
  • A step in the right direction is purposeful and intentional for long-term success.
  • Alignment and Preparation makes the steps easier to see.
  • The key is to VALUE the step… Don’t just step…

As an Optimist Club member you are to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The Optimist Club Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves. Website: