Declaration of Excellence

 

Today is a new day. I will use this day to the fullest in my quest to know who I am, what I want, and where I am going. I believe in the relentless pursuit of excellence. Education and success are my birthright.

My superior thoughts, discipline, dedication and desire are the tools I use to pave the road less traveled to college and beyond. I am determined to build a better tomorrow for me, my family, and my community.

I am the captain of my own ship. I am fully responsible for the choices I make. I always strive to be proactive. I will surround myself with people that lift me higher and will not empower others’ negativity. Names may hurt me, but I will not allow them to dictate my destiny. I will always keep my compass focused on my ‘mission possible’.

There are no shortcuts in the pursuit of excellence. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. I am never in the land of the done, but always in the land of the doing. I never rest until my good is better and my better is best.

I walk on the shoulders of giants who have gone before me. I am Aesop and Maya Angelou. I am Benjamin Banneker and the Bard. I am Dr. Carson and Marva Collins. I am Zarlenga. From A to Z, I celebrate, emulate and commemorate their example.

I am not awed by the challenges of reality, but believe that I can change the world and establish my legacy in it. I am self-determined, self-generated, self-propelled, and self-reliant. I believe that this is my time and my place. I will find a way to achieve excellence, or I will make one.