Vail Daily column: One more gift left to open |

Vail Daily column: One more gift left to open

With those Christmas songs still stuck in our head, we pack away the ornaments, take down the lights, and put away the nativity and the Menorah until next year. And as we drag the tree to the curb we are also preparing ourselves to say goodbye to 2011 and readying ourselves for all that 2012 has to offer.

But, wait. Before we get too far in our planning for the new tear, there is still one more gift left to open. It must have fallen behind the tree, been left hidden in a closet, or is waiting to be picked up at the post office. The present that has yet to be opened is addressed to each one of us and no one else but us. It has our name on the label, it really does. I know this because I have seen it with my own eyes.

OK, so here is a sneak peek at our gift, the one that I am referring to and that remains unopened, the one addressed to each one of us personally is this – a spectacular 2012, and maybe just our best year ever.

2011 will soon be yesterday’s news. The heartache and disappointments, the hurts and brokenness, and the temporary failures and setbacks can all be left behind. While the triumphs, amazing memories, and incredible experiences that filled our prior year will now fuel our momentum and will serve as a solid foundation of success as we enter into the spectacular-ness of our 2012.

Let’s take a look inside the box and see what we find. We will find the goals we have clearly defined for ourselves; we will find true friends, the friends that we have personally selected and who we know will stand by us through thick and thin; we will find love, hope, encouragement, and forgiveness; we will find new skills and a positive attitude; charity and goodwill; and we will find a box full of appreciation and gratitude.

What will be noticeably absent from our gift box will be: The people who wouldn’t support us; negative attitudes; the bad habits that have dragged us down in the past; the jobs that weren’t right for us at the time; jealousy, envy, hatred, and anger. Not one of these things will be found anywhere near our gift.

Without question 2012 could very well be our best year ever. And when we look back next December on the year that was or that might have been, the difference will be whether or not we focused our energy, intent, and commitment on what was actually in our final gift instead of focusing on the things that were missing.

I am wishing you all a very happy, successful, and blessed New Year. And I do hope that you will enjoy the final gift left to open. If you want to share your ideas, strategies, and plans for 2012, you can email me at, and I believe that you will make 2012 a better than good year.

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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