Vail Daily column: Wishing and waiting for a crystal ball |

Vail Daily column: Wishing and waiting for a crystal ball

How cool would it be to have a crystal ball? I mean the real deal — the ability to actually see into the future. Do you fall into the category of people who wish they could see the future or are you in the group that prefers to see life as a journey, the more mystery and adventure the better?

In some of the emails I have received over the years in response to my column, readers state that they wish they had a crystal ball so that they could see what would happen if they actually practiced some of the ideas, strategies and tactics I have written about.

These are things like goal setting, staying focused, having a positive attitude, encouraging others, living with hope, building better and stronger relationships, living and working with passion and purpose, and working on mind, body and spirit.

Well, I can share with you, beyond any shadow of a doubt, and I don’t need a crystal ball to tell me what would happen if a person applied even just one of the concepts mentioned above. Life would be better in some way.

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We look at things on the list above and have the best intentions for integrating them into our lives, but then we let cynicism and doubt take the reins. We fall into a negative self-talk pattern instead of empowering ourselves through action-oriented, positive self-talk.

You know how it sounds right? “That’s all just fluff” or “That stuff may work for others, but it will never ever work for me.” Maybe it sounds more like, “My life is just fine. I don’t need to change anything, but you know Bob or Mary? They could sure stand to change a few things.”


Pretend with me for just a minute that we all have a crystal ball and each and every one of us can look into our future, whether it’s two weeks from now, a year from now or even further into the future.

In this scenario, we actually commit to one or more of the aforementioned items. We set goals, stay focused, live with a positive attitude, are a source of encouragement to others, work hard on our relationships, become re-energized with passion and purpose, live with hope and become well-rounded in mind, body and spirit.

I know many of you through your emails and letters, but I certainly cannot claim to know all of you. But I would bet that if we had that crystal ball and the commitment was applied in any of these areas, what we would see is success, achievement, love, laughter, better health, stronger faith and greater happiness. And I can tell you once again, I do not need a crystal ball to tell you that there would be improvement — significant improvement.

So what about you? Are you waiting for the crystal ball to tell you what might happen if you made some changes in your life, or are you ready to believe in a brighter and better future and commit to what it will take to get you there?

I would love to hear all about it at, and I know that when we take the actions necessary and believe in a better and brighter future, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, motivational speaker and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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