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It’s your turn, it’s your time; take the first step

Have you ever spoken with someone who seems to always share stories about the people they know who have accomplished something great or who are always doing something fun? It happened to me the other day.

You know how it goes. You might be talking about climbing a 14er and someone might say, “I have a friend who has climber almost all of the 14ers here in Colorado.” And then you may ask them if they have ever climbed one and they answer, “No, I have not, but I hope to one day.”

Or you may have met someone who says, “I know a man who travels all the time. He was just recently in Tuscany sipping wine and eating spectacular food.” And you inquire if they travel much or if they had ever been to Italy.

“No, I don’t travel, but I would love to visit Europe one day.”

If you have a goal or a dream, there is a way to achieve it. The only person that can stop you is you.

You get the point. It could be knowing someone or having a friend who has climbed Mount Everest, has been to every major league baseball stadium, played golf at Augusta National or Pebble Beach, etc.


So when is it your turn? Your time?

Many people love to live vicariously through the lives and adventures of others. They have a bucket list in their heads or a wish list of dreams and goals, but they never take the first step toward actually fulfilling their dreams. Those dreams and goals do not have to be grandiose, although they certainly can be. Goals and dreams are very personal and are different in size and scale for everyone.

If you have a goal or a dream, there is a way to achieve it. The only person that can stop you is you. So again, when is it your turn? When is it your time? When will you be able to take part in a discussion about something specific to and related to one of your bucket list items? When will you be able to say, “I did that, and let me share my experience”?


Temporary barriers like money can be overcame through proper planning and saving. Artificial barriers, self-imposed limitations such as not having enough time, fear, anxiety or not having anyone to do things with are simply excuses that can also be overcome. We only live once, so we have to ask ourselves, “When is it my turn. When is it my time to …”?

How about you? Are you an unwritten book? A business waiting to be opened? A lover waiting to be loved? A destination to be explored? A first house waiting to be purchased? A dreamer or a fulfilled dream? I would love to hear all about it at and when we realize that it is our turn and it is our time, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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