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NEWS | April 18, 2013

DIAMOND TIP: Are you doing your best?

By Master Sgt. John Pryhoda 373rd Training Squadron Detachment chief

Reflect upon this statement for a moment ... "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." - L.P. Hartley, British novelist and short story writer.

How often have you heard someone say, "This is the way we've always done it?"

People often take the same actions in life because they are comfortable doing so; yet this approach does nothing to help move them forward. We have to realize that life is a series of building blocks and each opportunity is a chance to make a difference in our own lives or someone else's.

Consider where you were 10 years ago, five years ago, one year ago, or even six months ago; think about what you had to learn or overcome to get where you are today. This reflection probably entails both positive and negative moments; however, understanding how you dealt with things and the consequences your actions generated from those experiences is the key to growing. Realize that each success is really a door to bring forth the next journey.

Make today a turning point in your life. Challenge yourself to look for new ways to approach all you do at every moment. Don't settle for mediocrity, give your best and don't settle for less.

"The past is a foreign country, you have the power to learn from it and do things differently!"