However, my director had confidence that I had the ability to motivate the team to be better, to organize them and their performance, and to unite us as a team. Sure enough, with a lot of help from my mother and my director, I was able to lead the team through the season, ending with us winning 1st place at championships. Through that experience I learned a lot about what it means to be a leader.
Since it was almost the end of the season for track, my four by four relay team and I didn 't have much practice as we wanted to, to be completely prepared for the last couple of meets before sectionals. But it turned out, that the team and I had
My hands wouldn’t keep still, every time I wiped the sweat off them, it would be replaced within seconds it seemed. I was scared if you listened close enough, you could hear the pounding of my heart threatening to burst out my chest. But who can’t keep calm when it’s their first game? We were all nervous, families, and friends came to watch us start the season off. We were playing with only a few mistakes that night, and we worked together as a team, as a result we won our first game.
I believe that overcoming my challenge of being a successful cadet while playing a division 1 sport has helped me grow and will continue help me to grow. When I graduated and commissions as a second lieutenant I believe that over coming this challenge will allow me to better lead and inspire my soldiers. Doubts cross everyone’s mind and my challenge has taught me how to overcome doubts. I will be able to help my soldiers overcome their doubts so they can continue to push on through whatever situations they are facing. I also believe that overcoming my challenge will help me pursue excellence and continue to grow.
All of these traits were sharply ingrained in them while attending West Point, which is why I hope to attend the Academy and hone my own characteristics. Colonel Hal Moore is a perfect example of the type of individuals who graduate from West Point. He is an outstanding leader and a revered graduate of West Point. He possesses all of the necessary qualities of a successful officer. Through his decisive decision making, Colonel Moore is remembered in U.S. history as a very successful leader.
One achievement that has greatly impacted my life, is the honor of being drum major for the marching band. Throughout the whole audition process, and the season that followed, I have learned important life skills, that will help me in the future. The first thing I learned was that practice pays off. While this is a commonly understood fact, this whole experience has really solidified that idea for me. When I first decided to audition, I attended classes to learn how to conduct.
Motivation is going to be imperative because with more responsibility means more work and more hours. The first action I will take is to help everyone realize the importance of the ORI. Inspirational motivation will help people want to do their best. Intellectual stimulation is what I am relying on to motivate my Combat Challenge team, because I am going to have to put that as my second priority. If I was the only contributor on the team, it was probably a pretty awful team.
I was able to see what right looked like and witness what it took to be successful very early in my career. I would like to leave the same impact on my Soldiers that SFC Mayo did on his. I want my Soldiers to remember me as an NCO that cared for his Soldiers the way SF Mayo did all while being able to accomplish any task thrown my way. I want to be the leader that my Soldiers are talking about years after I lead them. I think that it is clear that you left an impact on a Soldier’s life if they remember you.
After all of the training sessions, I felt ready to go to a meet. I was extremely nervous, but since Christina was there to help me, my nerves eventually calmed down. Before every race, she would help me and give me advice. After every race, she would come over and congratulate me as well as show me where I could improve. This cycle happened at every meet.
Throughout my high school years, my cross country coach has always told me, “running is a mental sport, which is why it is so tough.” This saying stuck with me throughout my junior year of high school, especially after the cross country season. I have a love/hate relationship with cross country, but it 's shaped who I am today. Running is pain, plain and simple, that is what everyone runner goes through during every race. It took me a short time to come to terms with that fact. That is not to say I do not hate being in pain, but it has also helped me to become stronger.