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Ready for the first 100 days of 2011, Vail Valley?

Dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, every new president of this country has had a “first 100 days in office” plan that they follow and that they are measured against.

Some professional football coaches subscribe to having their first 25 offensive plays scripted out prior to each game. They remain committed to their plan of attack and adjust only when necessary and as unexpected game situations dictate.

The most successful people and companies I have had the privilege of working with and the benefit of knowing all have well thought-out strategic and tactical plans. And many place a lot of emphasis on carefully planning out the first 100 days of their year so they can monitor effectiveness and results closely, making game-time adjustments as needed.

As we approach 2011, there is still plenty of time for us all to reflect on what we want our new year to look like. Right now is the time to map out our own game plan for the year with a deliberate focus on our first 100 days in growing our business, getting in shape, writing our book, taking our relationships to the next level, kicking a bad habit, or starting a new endeavor or career.

I have shared the following two Zig Ziglar quotes before, but they are worthy of repeating here: “You don’t have to be great in order to start, but you do have to start in order to be great,” and “People who never take step one, can never take step two.”

For some people, thinking about goal setting or a plan for an entire year is just beyond their grasp – they have never done it and it can seem and feel overwhelming. Some of you reading this may feel that same way about a 100-day game plan. And that’s OK, because truthfully that means you are among the majority. You see, it is only the minority who set goals and have game plans. And it is that same minority that finds greater success.

Here’s a tip to get started – it’s no secret, we already know what it is we want to accomplish. We just need to get it down in writing and commit to the pursuit and achievement of our dreams. We can use a bar napkin, a piece of paper, or a notebook and just start writing down what it is we want to be, do, and have in 2011 and let our creativity and energy launch us into the beginning of a fantastic first 100 days of 2011.

So when people ask this year about our New Year’s Resolutions, let’s blow them away by sharing your 100 day plan instead. I would love to hear all about your plans at and make it a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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