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Vail Valley: We all have choices

Every choice has a consequence, and good or bad, right or wrong. The choices we make are up to us.

We can choose how we react or respond to a situation, and how we respond will impact whether we make the situation better or worse. Being reactionary often means that an individual will often either under-react and not do anything or not quite enough, or overreact and possibly make matters worse.

When we take the time to be thoughtful, provided we have the luxury of a few extra seconds, minutes or hours, and maybe even take advantage of the 24-hour rule, we tend to respond instead of react and our responsiveness is more likely to improve or help a situation.

Choosing the right attitude or outlook is also completely up to us. Some people will attempt to persuade or sell us, looking for us to buy into negativity. Being a top performer means that while others look for the bad in everything and even thrive on the bad luck or misfortune of others, a top performer makes a conscious decision to choose to see the good and the hidden opportunities in those same situations.

We can also make the choice to set the direction and pace of our own success by setting goals and objectives for ourselves, our families, and our businesses. Or we can choose to allow others to set goals or quotas for us, limiting us to fulfilling their dreams, never reaching our own destiny. Most companies and managers will establish benchmarks of success for individuals to achieve, but we can still choose to set our personal goals higher. Highly effective people know this to be true and never settle for living up to the norm or standard – they look to set or be the standard that others strive for.

Every day, choices and decisions will be made that will have a direct bearing on our day, week, month, year, or future. The choice between listening intently and sincerely or choosing to talk over someone trying to communicate will certainly impact any relationship. A decision to be courageous instead of taking the path of least resistance could lead to building greater confidence and possibly open new doors and opportunities. We can choose between settling for mediocrity and striving for excellence.

Throughout our day we will have some very simple choices like what cereal to have for breakfast and then we could also be faced with much more serious and critical decisions that deal with a family member, friend, or our business. The good news is that the choices – both easy and tough – are up to us.

Tell me what you will choose 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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