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Vail Daily column: Feeling good while giving back

Did you ever notice that whenever we seem to be in a rush to get somewhere fast, the people in front of us move so slow that they are almost moving in reverse?

As I traveled this past week from city to city on trains, planes, automobiles, boats and trams, there seemed to be a force in the universe that was trying very hard to help me miss my various form of transportation and I was cutting it ever so close to make each meeting or appointment. Yet as I was forced to stand still on an upward moving escalator due to the mass of human traffic ahead of me, I had a few extra seconds to think about how analogous this was to where I am currently on my personal goals for the year.

Just like many of you, I am a little behind on my goals and objectives for the year. So as I stood still riding the escalator, I wondered if I had become a little too complacent in the pursuit of my dreams and aspirations. Maybe my thinking moved from personal action to a thought process of letting someone else or something else do the work for me, just as an escalator moves me up or down from point A to point B.

In the situation I described above, I really had no choice but to stand amongst my fellow travelers as there was no chance or benefit in starting a shoving match on an escalator full of people. Later in the week, I found myself in one of those aha moments or gotcha feelings. You see, this time I was on an escalator all alone, no luggage, just my backpack. And I chose to stand still and take the free ride to the top. As my revelation hit home about halfway up, I began the climb helping myself to the top just a little faster than I would have if I would have just stood still. The outcome was that I missed the rental car bus by a few seconds and had to wait another 20 minutes more for the next bus.

Had I only acted more proactively from the beginning I would have already been in the rental car and on my way to the hotel. Now, you may ask, what is the big deal about an extra 20 minutes or so? And normally I would agree with you as I am a big advocate of making the most of each minute. I could read, check and respond to email, strike up a conversation with someone, etc. However, my mind was in goal achievement mode that day and I was re-inspired to make up lost ground on my goals, dreams, and personal and professional objectives. And in that frame of mind, each 15 minutes lost or delayed was adding up to just too many hours of missed opportunity and loss of production.

As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, three months to go, there is still plenty of time to course correct and get back on our path or journey. And we can either allow the escalators of life dictate our progress, up or down, or we can take control toward the achievement of what we desire most.

How about you, are you standing still and taking the ride, or do you proactively assist the escalator in assisting you? Escalators, elevators or any mode of transportation for that matter, I would love to hear your story at And when we escalate our goals it really will be 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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