Dare Your Greatness – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 30, 2009

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

~Wilma Rudolph

wilma_rudolphYour greatness lives within you whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Why wouldn’t you choose to acknowledge it? How does anyone benefit from you being less than you are? You don’t. The people around you don’t. The world doesn’t.

There is a bright light inside of you. It gets brighter the closer you come to fulfilling your purpose. Some of you are very close to that purpose and the light is intense. If you find yourself casting about in the darkness, you may have moved away from your highest intentions in this life.

I wrote this at a time in my life when I was searching in the darkness:

On my journey this day, I follow in the footsteps of the immortals. The imprints they have left behind on the Earth are large and their strides are a stretch for me. Yet, if I dare not encounter them and measure myself by them, how shall I ever know the true immensity of my own being?

So, I step consciously into the light; walking the path they once walked. Leaving it, occasionally, and improvising. Adding to it qualities uniquely my own.

The light is there, if you look! No matter where you have been. It is still there!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Beyond “Happy Thoughts” to Empowerment – The Affirmation Spot for Friday March 27, 2009

Today’s thought is:

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Many people equate positive thinking with naivete. Thinking “happy thoughts”, they point out, in the face of tragedy or difficulty is unrealistic.

There seems to be a defensiveness in that line of thinking. It renders as, “If I let my guard down enough to think ‘happy thoughts’ when things are tough, I’m going to get hurt. So, I’m going to steel myself against that possibility by thinking negative (um, realistic) thoughts.”

I can’t think of a better time to think “happy thoughts” than in the face of struggle. The challenge is whether or not you can. It’s not so easy to face down injustice, sadness, depression, and hatred with a sense of peace and a wise smile. It takes incredible strength and fortitude to do that and we, this blogger included, often fail miserably.

Negativity (um, realism) is like a powerful gravity well sucking us into its depths. We become caught up in negativity (um, realism) and we find ourselves getting more negative (um, realistic) by the moment. A “happy thought” is a very good thing at that moment. it changes the perspective. After all, the overwhelming majority of stresses we feel in our lives are rooted in our thinking. Maybe, just maybe, changing your thoughts changes the situation.

“Happy thoughts” are beneficial, but only a beginning. Empowered thinking is the ultimate goal. Empowered thinking changes the dynamic from throwing “happy thoughts” against a stressful world to actually feeling strong enough to act for change.

Three elements of Empowered Thinking

  1. Thought aspect – you have to think positively. Belief and commitment are important in any endeavor. Positive thinking is imperative to maximize those attributes. Positive thinking is the basis for empowered thinking, but empowered thinking is more than just positive thinking. It incorporates two more elements.
  2. Knowledge aspect – you have to be informed. In achievement pursuits, know what you are trying to achieve and be informed on what is going to be involved in succeeding. Knowing that ahead of time can help you prepare mentally for it. When empowering your thinking to critically evaluate information (such as in politics) you need to know as many of the facts as possible. Positive thinking and a lack of information do not allow you to take powerful action.
  3. Action aspect – empowered thinking is more than just thinking and knowing. Empowered thinking includes action. If you have incorporated the first two elements, your actions can be motivated and informed.

While “happy thoughts” may provide you a kind of protective shield; empowered thoughts help you break out of your shell and move forward towards a better you, a better life, and a better world.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be.”

Validation – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday March 26, 2009

You never know how or when the positive you put into the world will come back to you. It’s amazing how people respond when you remind them of the light that shines within. Found this movie on YouTube called “Validation”. Runtime is 16:00.

 

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!” (click this affirmation to hear it in mp3)

What Does God Look Like? – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday March 21, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“God’s love flows through my entire being each and every moment all day long.”
(Click the affirmation to add to your mp3 player)

From a very early age, I had two images of what God looks like in my mind. When I would close my eyes and imagine God I always saw either a dark “angel-shaped” cloud surrounded by incredibly bright light…like the sun shining behind a dark cloud.

The other image, as I would discover much later in life, was an image of the Buddha.

Here is today’s question. Leave your answer as a comment below.

When you close your eyes and imagine God; what does God look like?

Look forward to your interesting answers.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Random Thought #12 – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday March 14, 2009

Thought: A wave rolling to shore looks chaotic, but every single drop of water winds up exactly where it is supposed to be.

So it is with you! Even amid the chaos there is purpose and perfection. An individual snapshot may be a rough spot, but if you look – honestly – at the whole “video” of your life, you will see that everything really does happen for a reason and in your best interest.

Stay inspired!

Ray

http://www.theaffirmationspot.com

Affirmations: Your Personal Ad Campaign

Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am reasserting my control of my thoughts and my actions.”

That’s Allstate’s stand. Are you in good hands?You’re a member of the “Pepsi Generation,” right? Do you, “Think outside the bun?” By the way, “What’s in your wallet?” And, of course, you know where to go if you want, “Always low prices. Always.”

The thoughts that you think have a huge impact on the quality of life you lead. Where do your thoughts come from? Are they truly your own? Do your thoughts on an average day support your goals or do they stand in the way of you achieving the things you really want in life?

In 2015, advertisers will spent $600 billion globally on direct advertising to mold your thinking about yourself and the world around you. It’s not unusual for political campaigns to spend millions of dollars to sway you to vote for a candidate.

That does not even include the news media, talk radio, your family, your church, and your friend at the water cooler at work; all of whom are constantly feeding your mind a steady diet of thoughts that counter and even undermine thinking that positively supports your desired direction in life. These professional marketers are extremely good at what they do. They often drive what’s hot and what’s not. Who’s in and who’s out.

They do it using a simple equation:

well-defined message + repetition = reshaped thinking.

Why do they want to reshape your thinking? Is it for some questionable purpose? Not usually. They are trying to reshape your thinking because your thoughts and opinions about something (their product, their message, their beliefs) influence your actions. Actions are the advertiser’s or the politician’s, or your mother’s real target. The reason they target your thoughts with repetitious ad campaigns (or, in the case of your mother, repetitious reminders) is that they know your thoughts eventually control behavior.

As human beings, we are susceptible to some very simple principles. One is that our thoughts lead to action and repeated actions become habits. Habits become your life.

their thoughts>their actions>their habits>their vision of your life

As habits become ingrained, our thoughts tend to reinforce and even justify the habits. In extreme cases, this thought, action, habit nexus survives even in the face of very negative consequences the actions create in our lives (i.e. addiction).

The good news is that you can take control of your own thinking by launching your own targeted media campaign. Looked at in one way, that’s what affirmations truly are. They are a targeted media campaign of your choosing designed to reassert your own thoughts on top of those drilled into you all day. You put the equation to work for you:

your well-defined message + repetition = thinking reshaped to your goals

You counter the message others are paying so much to place into your mind with thoughts of your choosing. So that your life becomes:

your thoughts>your actions>your habits>your vision of your life!

Am I suggesting you use affirmations to break your Taco Bell habit? No, but you could. The reason these marketers use this principle is because it works. I’m suggesting you can put the same power to work for you in your life.

You have thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. Why not launch your own ad campaign to counter them?

It’s never too late start. Today is the day to begin shaping your own life, your own beliefs, and your own dreams again. After all, the real question is not, “What’s in your wallet?” The real question is who has control of your thoughts?

Empower your mind!

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

You Have to Keep Running – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 9, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I have an absolute attitude of gratitude for everything and everyone in my life.”
(Click the affirmation to add to your mp3 player)

baseball_homeplateNationwide Insurance is currently running a series of TV ads with the phrase, “Life comes at you hard.” It’s true. Life can be a challenge sometimes.

Saturday was beautiful Spring-like day in the Kansas City area. I took my beautiful black lab Mia for a walk. We live next door the elementary school here and between us and the school is a baseball field.

There was a kickball game going on as we passed by. I paused to watch for a few minutes. It was a mix of adults, little kids, and littler kids – probably a family get-together of some kind.

As Mia and I stood there, one of the smallest kids stepped up the plate. The pitcher rolled the ball and the little boy kicked with all his might. I went to third base. The little boy was chugging down the to first base for all he was worth.

The third baseman fielded the ball and tried to hit the little boy with it to get him out. The ball missed and rolled behind first base.

At this point, chaos broke out. The little boy stopped at first momentarily and then people started yelling, “Run, run, run.” He took off for second. As he neared second, people started yelling, “Stop, stop, stop.”

Another fielder threw the ball trying to get the little boy out at second, but missed again. The ball rolled away from the fielder. Now people were yelling a mix of, “Run, run, run” and”Stop, stop, stop.”

The comedy of fielding errors continued and the little boy, no longer listening to the mixed shouts coming from the crowd, forced the issue by rounding third and heading for home.

The ball arrived to the catcher too late and he dove into home plate head first and scored.

I took this as a metaphor. The little boy, through all the chaos and the advice from the divided experts, just kept running. He wasn’t really paying attention to what the fielders were doing with the ball. He seemed to be locked in on the idea of scoring that run. He kept running!

How often, as you try to achieve your goals in life, do you have people telling you, “Do this” or “Do that”? Do you let it stop you and knock you off course or do you keep running? It’s easy to get stalled listening to the experts or worrying what “the fielders are doing with the ball.”

Life does come at you hard. There is chaos all around as you are pursuing your path.

Stay focused! Keep moving toward your dreams. I’m not saying experts can’t be helpful and I’m not saying ignore other aspects of your life. I am saying that when you have a goal or a dream your job is to keep running.

If you do, you’ll be sliding into home plate with a big score as well!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be.”