The legendary football coach, Lou Holtz, was known for inspiring his players to give their best effort and exceed expectations. As applicable in the board room as on the playing field, the great coach’s numerous axioms and precepts have become the stuff of motivational speeches and Successories posters across the country. There is one which I have come across somewhat frequently, but it’s not trite in the least: “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”
At the recently-concluded Grand Lodge leadership conference, our rising Masters, Wardens and Deacons received the instruction and inspiration that will help them prepare to take the helms of their respective lodges and build on the achievements of the current year to advance the proverbial ball down the field and score some goals. They are pumped and ready. Are you?
Half-time is over! After a well-deserved summer respite, we now begin the second half, entering the fall season and resuming our Masonic labors. Our calendars, already replete with meetings, degrees, socials, and other events, have booked us on a frenetic scramble through the autumn months to the end of the year. As you begin your own sprint to the goal line, I challenge each of you to reengage with a renewed energy and make every effort to finish what you and your lodge set out to accomplish this year.
As Coach Holtz teaches, let your talents determine what you do. Keep yourself motivated and always maintain a positive attitude. Join with your brethren in working for and toward something greater than yourselves. That, my dear Brethren, is the key to not only winning the game but to securing for yourself true satisfaction and a meaningful reward for your labors.
As always, I leave you with the words of our late brother, Albert Pike: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Richard J. Bautista, Grand Master