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What does ‘better’ look like in the Vail Valley?

It is being shared over cocktails, heard on elevators, read about in newspapers, talked about it on the chairlift and seen on television throughout the Vail Valley. Everyone is saying something like “It has to get better soon,” or “Will things ever get better?” or even “Things won’t get better for a long time.”

But what is “better”? Who defines it? How are you personally identifying with being better or getting better? What does “better” look like here in the Vail Valley? And how will you know “better” when you get there?

No matter what “better” is for you or how you define it, the first step is knowing what you are after and then pursuing it aggressively and relentlessly.



If you are in search of employment, make sure you have updated your resume. Maybe you should even have others review it with you or seek professional resume writers to make sure the story your resume tells is compelling for a potential employer. Use your network of friends, family members, past employers or prior co-workers. We call these connectors and it is imperative that you engage your connectors in these highly competitive times.

If “better” for you is the improvement of a relationship, remember that relationships always involve two people and you have to do your part in the improvement process. Reach out a little more, listen a little more, do a little more, laugh a little more, forgive a little more, and love a lot more.

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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.



Right now business could be “better” for most everyone. Top performing businesses realize that expense cuts and staff reductions can only go so far before there is not enough left to effectively compete. Instead of collapsing into survival mode, top performing businesses continue to invest in their people, enhance customer care, get creative with excess or dated inventory, and advertise everywhere and any way they can.

The bottom line folks, is that regardless of what your own personal “better” looks like, it starts with you, and there are three things you should know and deal with when sorting through all of this “better” stuff.

– Uncontrollables.



– Givens

– Negotiables

Don’t worry so much about the things that are uncontrollable because at the end of the day, there is nothing you can do about those. Its like the old saying that 98 percent of the things we worry about or fear never happen. The givens, such as the economy, are things that are happening to everyone and we are aware of the impact.

But the things that are negotiable are the areas of your life that you control. Your education (we never stop learning), your appearance, your attitude, your value system, your vision, and your drive or passions are things you control and negotiate.

Dr. Denis Waitley says it this way: “You were designed for greatness, engineered for accomplishment, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” So again, whatever your “better” is, you are in control. Times are challenging for sure, but I know many people here in the Vail Valley and I know that they are up for a good challenge. They live life with “HOPE” (Happy Optimistic Perception Everyday) and avoid “FEAR” (False Evidence Appearing Real).

What does “better” look like for you? Tell me about it at msnorton@comcast.net and make it a “better” than good week!

Michael Norton is former president of the Ziglar company, and writes weekly about positive thinking and action.


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