Keeping pace in our own race

Posted 7/31/09

The world for some people seems to fly by at the speed of light as they find themselves needing to accelerate their own pace just to keep up. And for …

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Keeping pace in our own race


The world for some people seems to fly by at the speed of light as they find themselves needing to accelerate their own pace just to keep up. And for others looking for an economic rebound, a job or new career, or just any sign of good news, the world is moving slower than a herd of turtles in a sea of peanut butter.

Whether we are sprinting to keep up, looking for the world to catch up to us, or slowing down long enough to find a little solace in our day, remember that it’s not so important to keep up with the Joneses or run so fast that we miss the joy of the journey, it’s about keeping pace with what we want to be and where we want to go in life.

A travel veteran or road warrior may have a need or desire to spend more time at home fulfilling personal as well as family goals and dreams. Giving up the frenetic pace of catching last-minute flights, eating rich and fatty foods or settling for fast food and sometimes even settling for the vending machine, arriving late to the hotel only to wake up at dark o’clock the next morning for the first of several meetings or sales calls.

Business owners and professionals that have long gotten by through the use of paper files or outdated computer programs are realizing that they too must look at a change of pace to sustain business and find that competitive advantage. They have so far refused to buy into the power of the Internet and other emerging technologies but now find themselves willing to embrace and learn new things to keep the pace.

And in the pursuit of finding our next career it is equally as important to pick up the pace each and every day. Not just in sending out resumes and networking, although both are critically important, but in making sure we keep growing and learning while we are in transition. Keep up the pace of reading industry magazines and newsletters, researching our chosen industry and businesses within that industry while spending time on the Internet, and keeping our ears and eyes open to what is happening locally and globally. As we strive to keep up our pace each day, we will find ourselves so much better prepared for interviews, presenting ourselves as the more qualified candidate.

The good news about pacing is that we are in control. Outside influences can’t dictate how fast or slow or how high or far we go when it comes to the successful pursuit of our worthy goals and dreams. We are the one running the race, we know when to slow it down or pick it up, and we are certainly the one that determines how our drive and pace align with who we are, where we are going and what we desire to be.

Are you moving like lightning or looking for a break and an opportunity to slow it down? Let me know at and make it a better than good week!

Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of


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