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Vail Valley: Seek a helping hand in your life

Michael Norton
Vail, CO, Colorado

Two friends walked down a railroad track, each on their own rail trying to maintain their balance as if walking on a tightrope. They continued to get only so far before eventually falling off.

As one of the friends was trying very hard to stay atop the steel rail, he reached and caught his friend’s arm as she was also flailing around trying to stay in control. What they noticed at that moment was that the two could stay in balance and walk forever along the narrow rails as long as they held onto one another, holding each other up.

Now more than ever we need to make sure we are reaching out for a hand or an arm if we are wobbling on the rails of life. We also need to offer our own support for those who are reaching out to us for a little help.

For some that is very hard to do ” a little thing called pride gets in the way. So you may have to work a little harder at offering that help, especially when it is a friend or family member that you know is very proud. If you are the one who needs a little help, don’t let your ego get the better of you either. There are people in your life waiting to help and all you need to do is reach out.

Bruce Springsteen has a great lyric in one of his songs: “If as we’re walking our hands should slip free, I’ll wait for you and if I should I fall behind wait for me.” It is from his song “Should I Fall Behind” from the album “Lucky Town.”

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We are smart enough to know that when we ski or ride the trees or the backcountry we should never do so alone, or without the proper gear and a beacon. Well, at least most of us are smart enough. So why fly solo in the other areas of your life?

If you own a business that is struggling, reach out to another business owner who may be in a similar industry and is having success, or find a proven consultant who can get you back in balance.

If you are a job seeker and have been out of work ” for two years or two weeks ” reach out to those who can help you with your resume and interviewing skills, and show you how to network to find employment.

If you are pursuing a personal goal and feel like you have stalled or hit a wall, reach out to those around you and find an accountability partner or coach/mentor. Look for a person who has already achieved the level you are trying to achieve and learn from them. The point is that you are not in this alone. All you have to do is search. Knock, and doors will open.

So as you are walking down the railroad tracks of your own life reach out for help or reach out and hold the other person up. Either way, you will both win and will be able to take that walk toward success for as long as you desire.

Tell me how you have reached out and found success or held someone up so that they could get back in balance at The success stories have been wonderful and I love receiving your e-mails and feedback so keep them coming. 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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