FRIDAY, June 8th, 2007, AT 3:30 PM, PT

Let Us Grow From Here

"Let today be the beginning of a better tomorrow for all of us in the sport of kickboxing. That we will read these words below, and follow them true, even when tempted to sway away from them... for it shall be within these words as well as within each and every one of us to direct our sails to blow strong and swift into the wind that will take us on a journey to our future. A Great future, created by ALL of us for many to follow in the sport of Kickboxing."
Steve Fossum, IKF President.

The Optimist Creed
Let Us Promise Ourselves...
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Forward march....

Optimist International adopted this creed in 1922. It was originally published in 1912 in a book titled: "Your Forces and How to Use Them." The author was Christian D. Larson, a prolific writer and lecturer who believed that people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude. Click.