Vail Daily column: Powerful words |

Vail Daily column: Powerful words

Reading is one of the things I enjoy so very much in life. And as an avid reader I have accumulated a vast and diverse book collection.

Some are worn around the edges, some are dog-eared, sticky notes protrude from the tops of several, and many are filled with highlights and underscored words with my notes written in the margin. In my line of business I find myself going back to some of my favorites for ideas and reminders on how to improve in some way or handle a situation.

So the other day I was dealing with a very challenging family issue and it was happening right at the one-year anniversary of the loss of my wife and my kid’s mom. I took some time to sit in my library and meditate on what was happening around us and I was feeling sad, hurt and confused. And as I thought and prayed about the situation and events, I looked up and some of the titles of the books literally seemed to come to life right before my eyes. Specific books and words that seemed to become bigger in font size and boldness.

Books such as Zig Ziglar’s “Embrace the Struggle” or “The Journey” by Billy Graham. There were also titles such as “Be Great,” by Peter Thomas, and “Results,” by Gary Neilson and Bruce A. Pasternack. There are hundreds of books in my library and as I continued to scan the shelves and titles I saw “Gung Ho,” by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, and Wayne Dyer’s “The Power of Intention.” Although many other titles and books caught my attention, the final one I will include here is John Ortberg’s “God is Closer Than You Think.”

Hit Between The Eyes

Here I was, feeling extremely challenged and quite low, and one of the things that I enjoy most in life hit me right between the eyes, my books. Just think of the words alone and how powerful they are and how much encouragement that they bring. Embrace the struggle, the journey, be great, results, gung ho, the power of intention, and God is closer than you think. Immediately my spirits were lifted and my attitude elevated.

I am in a struggle, it will be a journey, as the leader of my family I have to be great in order to get the results we will need, this will require a gung-ho attitude, it will be an intentional effort, and God has always been and will be right by my side. For me, words are powerful, the actions they inspire are incredible and the adjustment in attitude is simply amazing.

Most days I read for pleasure, to grow and to learn. I find personal development materials such as books or audio programs to be an absolute asset to my success. And when needed personally or professionally, these powerful words are packed with wisdom.

How about you, do you have a library or source of knowledge and encouragement? I would love to hear all about it at And as we benefit from the power of words, this 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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