Vail Daily column: Best of the best |

Vail Daily column: Best of the best

I am sure that you have seen the lists. The ones that provide us with “the best states to live in,” “the best doctors,” “the best diets” and the “best” anything and everything.

These are very helpful when we need that kind of information. And I am sure a lot of research goes into each list before it is published. I also believe that opinion plays a large role. Unfortunately, I know that marketing dollars sometimes influence or persuade publishers to include certain items, companies or people.

Now what if we were to create our own “best of” list that included things we can say or do to make a positive difference in our lives or the lives of others? We might have a top 10 list of actions and attitudes that can brighten our day or influence the outcome of those around us in a better way.

What would a few of those lists look like? Here are some thoughts to help you get started.

The best words to include in my daily vocabulary: Love, kindness, excellence, forgiveness, family, purity, humbleness, success, achievement, winner, beautiful, compassion, hope, encouragement and faith.

The best people I know: My mother, my father, my husband/wife, my daughter, my son, my best friend, my boss, my employees, my associates, my coach, my partner, my grandparents, my teacher, my students, my trainer and my bartender.

The best things i can do today: Give someone a hug, smile, laugh, love, pray, exercise, volunteer, listen, be patient, be kind, be compassionate, learn, read, stay positive, stay focused, be proactive, meet someone new, and try something new.

I am sure you can come up with your own “best of the best” list all on your own. The challenge is that we typically just wait for someone else to provide us with a list or publish a list that tells us what the “best of the best” is. When it comes to our personal preferences and opinions we already know what would be on our list don’t we? We just don’t take enough time to create those lists and understand their importance and relationship in our day to day lives.

Try it with me, either get some paper and write them down or create your “best of the best” lists on your computer, phone or tablet. You will be amazed at how good it feels to capture your thoughts and feelings about who and what makes your “best of” lists.

How about you? What are some of the best places, companies, restaurants, hospitals, schools, etc., that would make your list? Who are some of the best people you know, love and respect? Who are some of the best doctors, lawyers, teachers, police officers, nurses, respiratory therapists, friends and relatives that you know? I would love to hear all about it at And when we create and publish our own “best of the best” lists, 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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