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Vail Valley business: Clear mental clutter to change and adapt

VAIL, Colorado “-Spring is here in Colorado’s Vail Valley. The flowers are in bloom and on just about every weekend garage sale signs adorn most street corners in our communities.

The purging of old gifts never used, clothes gently worn, almost-new exercise equipment, the old straight skis, double-bogey-generating golf clubs, and a long list of miscellaneous household items that will soon become another person’s treasure and will compete for attention with the flower beds and landscapes of our front lawns.

It’s also time to clear out the attics, basements, and crawl spaces of our minds, to disavow our beliefs that what has worked in the past will continue to work in the future. Sure, there are some fundamental and foundational principles that have always been relevant and will continue to be meaningful for eternity, but it is time to make that leap.

Top performers recognize that when times change people need to adapt. We are in a season of change unlike any other in the past several decades, so we need to change and adapt.

This could be hard for some people to embrace because we get so comfortable and set in our ways. Change is often difficult because the new is just so unknown. Resisting the new is also driven by not having a clear vision of what the new will be and why you want anything new in the first place.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The truth is that for some of us our old ways and comfortable lives are habits. We become addicted to our past behaviors, even though we may not be getting or seeing the results we desire, now and in the future. It has been said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

Get clear about what you want to be, where you want to go, and what you want to have in your personal and professional life. Envision what success in each looks like, write it down in your journal, pin it on your heart and commit to selling off the old ideas and beliefs that haven’t delivered results in years. Place them in the garage sale right next to that stationary bicycle that promised so much, yet delivered so little.

Instead, buy into exploring creative ideas and technologies that are available and basically at your fingertips. Focus on trying something new this week, whether it’s rewriting your resume, prospecting a little differently, managing uniquely, or changing the way you interact with your family and friends. Use a different job board, visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, send a written letter instead of an e-mail, and break the habits of the past and behavioral addiction to the status quo. Go for it ” the world is waiting for you!

Let me know what new looks like for you and how you have broken the cycle of the status quo 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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