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Vail Valley: You can turn daydreams into reality

VAIL, Colorado –There is no question that sometimes it is just so much fun to daydream –you know, kind of stare out the window and let our imagination take over our thoughts.

These little moments of time when we allow our brain to take a mini-vacation can either be really healthy and productive or detrimental and destructive. The good news is that we can control what we think about.

It is very easy to get caught up in the negative, pessimistic thoughts and doomsday beliefs, as that is what seems to drive much of the news. We can spend our time on the woulda, shoulda and couldas of our lives or the what ifs of our yesterdays. But unless we do so with the intent of learning from our past, yesterday is over and spending time on history that can’t be changed is otherwise unproductive.

If we are going to spend some portion of our time daydreaming, how much more productive and healthy would it be to dream like an optimist, thinking about all the good yet to come in each day and even in each moment. Instead of the woulda-shoulda-coulda and what-if attitudes, we should be visioning and daydreaming about what we are going to do, what we can do and what we will do to turn dreams into realities.

You may have heard about manifesting your destiny or becoming what you think about, but let me share another idea about the reality of it all, something that turns these notions from fluffy motivation, philosophy and theory into a daydreamer’s actuality. The very next time you catch yourself in a daydream, try and capture as much of it in writing as you possibly can. Whether it is in paragraph form, summary form, an outline or just bullet points or random notes, get it down on paper or into a file on your computer.

Keep a notebook or journal about all of your ideas and dreams, goals and objectives. Then as you revisit each one and consider the practicality of each, take some time to measure that against your true belief and passion for that dream, goal or project. How badly do you want it? When do you want it? Who can help you get there? What immediate actions can you take to increase the likelihood of success? Write all of these answers down and just watch how plans begin to materialize.

You can’t recreate yesterday- it is over for sure. But you can turn tomorrow – and the day after that and the day after that – into one of the best days ever. Yesterday’s traffic jams, personal interruptions, interviews, phone calls, customer interactions, lost opportunities and family dramas are all done. So don’t spend another minute thinking about something you cannot change.

Instead, focus on what you are thinking about right now. What is the most positive and productive thought running through your mind? Think like an optimist today regardless of the adversity you may be facing. Let your mind paint the picture and vision for a brighter today and an incredible tomorrow. You will also notice that when you think in the ‘positive’ you can’t help but smile both on the outside and the inside.

I would love to hear what you are thinking about at and think about making it a better-than-good day, week, month, and 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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