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Making Myself New in 2020


Feb. 10, 2020

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

I know it’s February, but I needed more time to work on my new year’s resolution. I wanted to think about it a bit. Not rush it. I needed to ask myself again…who am I?  What direction is best for my life this year because I always want to do better! 

My resolution:

Get fit spiritually…pray more, journal more. Don’t just go through the motions and check the box. My prayers will be focused, loving and persistent.

Get fit physically… I reached my goal weight twice in 2019. Not bad! But I can’t afford to flirt with my goal weight. I need to marry my goal weight and let “it” move in! I want to see “it” every morning at bathroom weigh-ins for 2020.

Financially, it’s time to focus more on my family’s future. Life is more than having enough money to do things today. I want to prepare my family’s future. I want my kids’ kids to know I was thinking about them long before their existence.   

Nonetheless, a resolution without action is just a lonely wish.  But a resolution with action guided by deliberateness, determination and consistency MAKES A MAN NEW.

We must tap into our potential and look beyond the two or three yards at our feet. We must see our destiny and our fortune. Today my motto is “Look up and look out”. I want to metaphorically see more in the distance than I’ve ever seen. I know I can do better, and my resolution will make me new… again.

Let your actions create opportunity. The next generation of you awaits!

Andre Collins

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