Achieve – And Then Exceed

March 9, 2006


The SMS Lady Raiders won their Kansas State 6A quarterfinal round yesterday. It was a classic inside-out game. The other team knew my daughter’s stats – so they keyed on her. That left the outside open. One of the sophomore girls stepped up – big-time. Peyton Whetstone buried five three-pointers. So what did that do? Yep, it opened up the middle. So my daughter got to work inside. And she went 7 for 8 from the line in the second half. It was a lot of fun.

So with this victory, my daughter has achieved all of her pre-season goals. She wanted to lead the team this year. At the beginning of the year, she was voted team captain. And she has led the team in their joys and challenges. She wanted to be the fifth Lady Raider to break the 1,000 point barrier. Her career total now stands at 1059 – and still going. She wanted to be in the top five of the all-time lead scorers for the school. She is now #3. She wanted to land a NCAA D1 scholarship. She will start her career at SIU one week after she graduates from high school. Finally, she set a goal to lead her team to the state final four this year. With this last victory, she has achieved that dream.

But it is now time to adjust her vision. When you meet your goals, it is time to broaden your vision – not just rest on your laurels. She now has the chance to expand her dreams beyond the limits she previously set. She must now reach for a vision that was beyond her dreams just a few months ago. She must now dream bigger. The SMS Lady Raiders will play the #1 team in Kansas. And they can win it if they fully believe in themselves.

So now is the time to dream big dreams. Go Raiders!

[My daughter was the focus of a great feature article in the JoCo Sun this morning. This kind of stuff makes me bust out with parental pride!]




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