July 25, 2017

Dedication and Dignity

Last month, we discussed how senses of duty and discipline help you stay on track and make you a better team player – and a better all-around human being, too! We’re continuing along the four points of the Natasha Watley Foundation’s Diamond of Values with DEDICATION and DIGNITY.

DEDICATION: Committing yourself to your goals and staying on course, even when times get tough.

If goals were always easy to attain, well, that would take some of the fun out of it, wouldn’t it? Perhaps we wish it were simpler to work toward our dreams, but reality gets in the way. If you want something, you have to work for it – and not just when it’s convenient for you. If you want a report card brimming with straight As, it probably won’t come easily; you’ll need to dedicate yourself to studying, completing homework assignments, writing papers, and perhaps even seeking out extra help from time to time. Likewise, to succeed as a softball player, you must devote time to practicing, staying fit, and learning the ins and outs of the game.

Find your passion, whether it’s a sport, a skill, or a future career, and dedicate yourself to it. You may encounter many roadblocks on your way to success, and sometimes, it might even feel impossible to reach your goals. If you persist, you can make it through! Dedication means not giving up when your mission becomes difficult; redouble your efforts and keep moving toward your dreams, no matter what they may be!

DIGNITY: Carrying yourself with a sense of pride in all you do.

Dignity is considered the “home base” of the Diamond of Values; carrying out the other values will lead you to feeling dignified in your everyday life. Dignity is looking in the mirror and knowing that you did everything in your power to live up to your potential each and every day. Your day starts and ends with you – how will you make yourself proud? Did you push yourself a little further than you wanted to go? If everything you did during the day were caught on camera, would you be happy to show that video to the world?

Conducting yourself with dignity also means being a thoughtful, considerate, and kind person. Reach out to help others whenever you can, whether they are classmates, teammates, friends, or relatives. Respect yourself and those who surround you, and you’re bound to succeed!

What do DEDICATION and DIGNITY mean to you?