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Vail Valley: Pick your fantasy teams wisely

There is no question about it – fantasy sports is alive and well and picking up new loyal fans each and every week.

Fantasy football leagues are thriving among friends and families, and in the workplace inter-office rivalries and competitions occupy more than a few casual minutes on the Tuesdays after football weekends as well as Fridays before the gridiron competitions.

In fantasy football a participant gets to select or draft players based on their ability and probable performance each week. Participants can basically choose from the best of the best creating a team of superstar athletes. Each week the fan hopes that their dream team outscores their opponents’ dream teams.

Once the players are selected, the outcome is entirely in the hands of the athlete as the fantasy leaguer watches, waits, and checks the online stats and scores. There is nothing they can do but sit, watch, and await the day’s outcomes.

By now you all know I like to ask the question, “what if?” So… what if we were able to select or draft our own fantasy team for life?

Imagine if we could hand-pick the best and brightest position players or people who could help us win in the daily and weekly opportunities life brings our way. Could we select or identify the very best people we know who could help us with the six F’s of life – Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Fun, and Finance?

Faith is the foundation of who we are and what we believe. Faith gives us the courage and strength to endure hardships while providing us with an incredible sense of joy. But sometimes we can all use a spiritual coach or mentor to make sure we are staying the course and driving us to grow in our faith journey. Who do we know who can be that position player on our fantasy team and help us score points as we grow spiritually?

Our families play such an important role in our lives and our overall happiness. Yet sometimes we lose that connection and need a boost to reconnect and get back in sync. There must be someone we know we could draft onto our fantasy team to help make sure our family relationships grow deeper, stronger, and filled with love.

Add friends to a solid foundation built on faith and family and we have three key elements to achieving success in life. And sometimes we need those friends to be true friends who tell us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear. Close friends, dear friends, strong friends tell us what we need to hear and do. Who can we select to our fantasy team who can be that type of friend?

Are there people running through your mind you have added to your roster?

We have all had the best intentions of sticking to our diets and exercise programs only to fall short the first time someone announces that there are donuts and bagels in the break room. I know I always had a better chance of committing to my regimen in the gym if I had someone pushing me. Having the right personal coach, fitness instructor, or accountability partner is critical to the success of your fantasy team.

Fun is a prerequisite for me, how about you? If the answer for you is that the fun has evaporated, make sure you carefully select the right person for your fantasy team who can make sure you maintain a healthy balance of reality and fun. Laughter is good for the soul, so just remember, no matter how tough or bad things seem, maintain a positive and hearty sense of humor.

The final F is finance. There are some tremendous financial planners and really smart people out there who, after careful vetting, should be added to our fantasy team. Although the others are far more important to me, money is kind of like oxygen – when you really need it there is no substitute.

I would love to hear about your fantasy team thoughts at and together, with our fantasy teams, let’s 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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