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Vail Daily column: Your own personal March Madness

Michael Norton
Vail, CO Colorado

Have you filled out your bracket yet? You might think I am referring to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament taking place right now, but I am not. What I am referring to is your own personal March Madness, your own brackets in life.

There may not be 64 teams or choices competing for attention in your life, but each and every day we are faced with filling out our brackets, choosing what will win and what will lose, on the way to our ultimate goals.

In one pairing we might find that we have to choose between having a donut and coffee for breakfast or some fruit and yogurt. If our ultimate goal is weight loss, we need to make the right choice when completing our bracket.

Maybe our own personal March Madness finds us in training and we will have to make a choice to either get to the gym or blow it off for a little more couch time.

Students always have the choice of doing their homework and studying for tests or … not. The bracket they choose will dictate their success in getting the grades they will need to get into the college of their choice or even just to graduate.

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Sales people can elect to prospect and keep their opportunity funnel full, or they can decide to do busy work instead of meeting or seeing customers and prospects. Their choice will have a direct bearing on their income.

And we all have the ability to make our selections when it comes down to doing what is right or wrong, what is good and what is bad, behaving with integrity or acting immorally. Each choice we make when filling in life’s brackets will have both near-term and long-term impacts on who we are and how far we can go. The choices get tough sometimes and we just have to remember that we don’t pay the price for our hard work or the decisions we make, we enjoy the benefits that they bring.

What if we really put in the effort and made our choices wisely and thoughtfully, keeping in mind our ultimate goals and what it is we wish to achieve. Here we are near the end of March, almost 90 days into the New Year. Think about those goals you set in the beginning of the year and visualize all of the decisions you have to make each and every day in order to reach your objectives. Visualize them in the same format that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament March Madness bracket is presented. This may just help you when you have to make your choice.

So what will it be? Will you make the right choices in your own personal March Madness? Tell me all about it at and I hope you will 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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