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Vail Daily column: The three T’s of change

This is the most popular time of the year for people to attempt to make a change in their lives. Some will set out determined to make a significant change or kick a habit they have been battling for many years.

Others will have change on their minds, but they may be looking to make more subtle adjustments, as opposed to radical transformations. And maybe some people are happy just where they are.

If you are one of the folks setting out to make a change in your life as we enter the new year, think about the three T’s of change: time, tenacity and teamwork.

Time

Not only do we need to exercise patience and realize how much time it takes to reach our change goals, we also need tenacity to be successful.

Time’s relation to change is often overlooked. There seems to be an expectation that because there is a desire for transformation, the change will happen quickly. If the habit we wish to break or the pattern we wish to disrupt took many years to develop, chances are that it will take a significant amount of time to get where we want to be. Now, do not let that reality scare you from making the changes that you want to see in yourself. Just develop an appreciation of the time and patience it will take to realize success.

Tenacity

Not only do we need to exercise patience and realize how much time it takes to reach our change goals, we also need tenacity to be successful. Setting a plan and doing whatever it takes each and every day to stick to the plan is vital. Becoming tenacious in our efforts, in our sacrifices and in our resolve to achieve the successful change we want to see in our own lives will help tremendously.

Teamwork

Lastly, the third T has to do with teamwork. Why go it alone? There are coaches, friends, trainers, family members, peer groups and so many other available resources that can help us achieve the change we want to see in our lives. They can possibly even help expedite the process. Align yourself with a good accountability partner or find others who are trying to achieve the same thing that you are striving to accomplish. Meet daily, whether in person or via text or email. Create some communication vehicle that works with everyone’s schedule and then share what’s working and what’s not. Share lessons learned and best practices.

Time, Tenacity, Teamwork

How about you? Are you looking to make a change this year? Is it a big change or just a small adjustment? Either way, I would love to hear all about how you are doing it at gotonorton@gmail.com. And we understand the time it takes to make a change, attack our plan with tenacity and surround ourselves with the right team members who can drive and support us, 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.