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Vail Daily column: Positively absolutely fantastic

Michael Norton
Vail, CO Colorado

How are you doing today? Is your glass half empty or half full?

Depending how your day, week, month or year is going so far, I expect that the answers will vary for each and every one of us. But if you ask me the same question you may just hear that I am, “positively, absolutely, fantastic.”

And for close friends and anyone who knows me a little more intimately, they might just question my sincerity or the validity of such a response. Because just like many of you, it has been a tough couple of years for a number of reasons; some health issues in my family, a heavy work load, some over-the-top teenager challenges, and some unexpected financial burdens; all of which could cause and have caused tremendous heartache and stress.

So again you may ask, “Positively, absolutely, fantastic … really?” My reply: “Really.”

So then the next logical question you may ask me is, “Why or how?”

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Because I believe that no matter what is happening in my day, week, month or year that the very next minute, the immediate future, or at least somewhere down the road, something good, no I believe something great, is going to happen for me, my family, my job, or my friends. This is not naïve optimism, it is a deeply rooted belief that the best is still yet to come for all of us. My glass is definitely half full.

Do I run the risk of being sorely disappointed, maybe? But I have decided that I would follow an old adage, something about “the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.” So I will believe in the chances of a miracle that will cure a disease, and I will seek help and get better at managing my workload. I welcome and appreciate the opportunity to love my way through the over-the-top teenage years. And I believe God has blessed me with the talent and ability to earn what is necessary to overcome the setbacks brought on by unexpected financial burdens.

Is it stressful? Yes, you betcha, without question. But I know that as long as I decide that I am the one in control and that I will take ownership for delivering on the commitments I have made to myself, my family, my employer, my friends, and to God, the answer to the question, “How are you doing today Michael?” can only be answered in one way, “I am positively, absolutely, fantastic!”

Anything less opens the door to placing blame on other people, the system, the government, the direction of the wind, and anything, everything, and everyone else. No thanks, not for me.

One of my very close friends and mentors Krish Dhanam shares an important message in his keynote speeches that I often fall back on when I need this kind of encouragement. He reminds us all that a day will come in our lives, “When we will look back and say one of two things… ‘I wish I had’ …or… ‘I am glad that I did.” I hope that you will join me and that one day in the future we will all be able to look back and say, “I am glad that I did,” when it comes to living positively, absolutely fantastically through all of life’s challenges and opportunities.

How are you doing today? Is your glass half full? I would love to hear all about it at and I do hope that you will make this an even 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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