Inspiration and success in the Vail Valley |

Inspiration and success in the Vail Valley

VAIL, Colorado “-There are some people who say the best way to predict the future in Vail, Colorado is to look at the past. Others have a belief that history, if anything, repeats itself. These ideas have been proven to be true time and time again. But I want to take a counter position on this based on your personal successes right here in the Vail Valley.

“Even if you are on the right track, you will eventually get run over if you just sit there.”

” Will Rogers

Since I began writing my column several months ago, I have received many e-mails thanking me for the positive message that I share. I’m grateful for your words of encouragement. But what really gets me excited are the stories and feedback I receive from those of you who have taken what I have written and applied it to your life and where you have seen a positive outcome. You are on the right track and the good news is you keep moving forward.

There are positive stories from some of you who set goals back in January and are experiencing the near-term effects of success. These near-term wins are inspiring those who set their goals to stick with the plan to make sure that they meet and exceed their long term goals. These same folks have also shared that others around them are noticing the difference and are now setting goals for themselves too.

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Success begets success and enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you for sharing your wins with me and showing others how they can win too ” your stories are my inspiration.

The successes have come in various forms including many people growing from new internal self-confidence. Others are telling me how they have gone about their days with a new positive and upbeat attitude, smiling more than they ever have and how that is shaping the attitudes and perspective of those they come in contact with each day. Several folks have shared personal family and relationship stories of success.

Some of the e-mails have been personal in nature regarding weight loss. Whether they’ve lost a few pounds or many, folks here in the valley are sticking to their goals and are inspired to keep going. Again, you are on the right track and the good news is you are moving forward.

Even some of you struggling with sales or business have thanked me for sharing my message of hope and encouragement in the face of adversity. Some local sales professionals have even increased sales and thanked me for the push to work harder and put in that extra effort.

As much as I would like to take any credit, I can’t. You see, all of you right here in the Vail Valley already have what it takes to be successful. You have a heart, the mind, and the personality that wants to win. All I do is share information each week that brings to the surface something you already know you want or that you know you can do.

But if we just accept that history will repeat itself, or that we can predict the future by looking at the past, we will never truly grow or reach the goals and objectives of our lives. You can break the cycle because you already within you what it takes to succeed.

It is with an attitude of gratitude again that I thank you for your e-mails and personal stories ” you truly inspire me to keep writing. If you haven’t done so yet, tell me how you are breaking the cycles and achieving new heights at and continue to make it a better than good week!

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker and is once again serving as the Interim President of the Zig Ziglar Organization. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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