Focus on What You Control – The Affirmation Spot for Monday August 31, 2009

Today’s thought is:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~ John Wooden


I often encounter people who look at the world in horror and say, in desperation, “I want a different world, but what can one person do?” Similarly, there are people who feel powerless to change their own lives for the better. They allow what they cannot do to stop them from doing what they could do.

The problems that face us individually and collectively can be overwhelming at times. Their enormity depresses some, makes others apathetic, and still others angry.

The amazing thing is that these same conditions inspire others to strive for something better, more complete, more empowering. The key is to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

John Wooden’s accomplishments, while not world-changing, are staggering in sports terms. He led the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years between 1964 and 1975. In that span his teams, went undefeated four times. Only one team in men’s college basketball has completed an undefeated in the 33 years since.

As a revered coach, Wooden’s words have become legendary. Today he is 97 years old. Someone who has achieved that level of success in any field and that scale of longevity bears listening to.

Coach Wooden tells us not to let what we cannot do interfere with what we can.

  • Maybe you can’t end world hunger today, but you can donate time or money to those helping to feed the hungry.
  • Maybe you can’t create a more just political system overnight, but you can collaborate with others and take steps that will get us there one day.
  • Maybe you can’t attain your financial goals today, but you can begin making the changes and taking the chances that will lead you to that goal one day.
  • Maybe your life is too filled with stress and pain to achieve complete happiness today, but you can at least begin releasing the stress and the pain so that one day you can know that happiness.
  • Maybe your dream of being a world-class dancer has to wait another year, but you can still work on perfecting the dance in preparation for that day.
  • Maybe world peace is not in the cards for humanity today, but you can create a more peaceful world through every encounter you have today.
“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took me twenty years.”
~ Monty Hall

The fact is that you may not reach the mountain top today. That does not mean you stop climbing. For these days when you worried, stressed, and strove over your goal, will be “the stuff” the dream is made of when you do achieve it.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is author of the ebook The Power to Be You and the forthcoming The Power to Be You 2: 1001 Power Thoughts for Daily Life.

2009 Affirmation

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

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Rocky Tells It Like It Is – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday August 26, 2009

Some days we just need to hear it straight and direct. No one does that better than Rocky Balboa. Remember you can do it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Affirmations Help You Achieve Goals – The Affirmation Spot for Monday August 24, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“I am the engine for my dreams. My dreams never give up on me and I never give up on them.”
(Download mp3 of this affirmation)

Affirmations have many applications. Really, any aspect of your life that can benefit from more positive self-talk – just about every area – can benefit from affirmations. Two uses for affirmations are achieving goals and overcoming adversity.

Coach and motivator Scott Armstrong describes his own use of affirmations in achieving his goal of running in the Boston Marathon and overcoming adversity in the middle of a marathon.

What’s your goal today? Affirmations are a powerful tool that can help you achieve those goals. Get Scott’s book “Boston Marathon or Bust” at Amazon.

Make it an awesome Monday and stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Whatever I Need Always Comes My Way – The Affirmation Spot for Friday August 21, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“Whatever I need always comes my way!”
(Download mp3 of this affirmation)

raised_arms_horizonThose of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook have probably seen me post this affirmation: “Whatever I need always comes my way!”

Often, I post it with the recommendation to say it or listen to it 100 times a day and watch your life transform.

There is a story behind this affirmation and that recommendation. When I started writing and recording affirmations 20 years ago I used to record 60 or 90 minute cassette tapes of affirmations and “listen” to them while I slept at night.

My life was quite a challenge in every way you can imagine at that time. I began using affirmations to change the negative thoughts that had created my unhappy circumstances. After listening to the looping tape of affirmations, I found I awoke in the morning with the affirmations filling my mind – a good start to the day.

One affirmation in particular really resonated and always seemed to stand out from the rest. It would pass through my mind repeatedly all day. Eventually, I began saying it and later listening to it 100 times or more per day. As I did, my perspective changed dramatically.

It was simple and to the point: “Whatever I need always comes my way.”

Its simplicity and power are amazing. It really operates on two levels – attraction and acceptance. This affirmation fits in nicely with all the recent excitement over “The Law of Attraction”. It basically reminds you that you are always attracting “whatever you need” into your life. The vagueness of “whatever” makes it a good general, all-purpose affirmation.

The affirmation also speaks to a level of acceptance. It can be interpreted as meaning that whatever comes your way is what you need at that moment. Those things may or may not be what you consciously choose, but the affirmation asserts a perfection in the things that do come into your life. It encourages us to see the perfection in the midst of the chaos.

I still use this affirmation every day. It served me when I was down and out and it serves me today in helping me stay grounded and positive.

For those really trying to pull themselves out of a hole or those trying to transform or accept life’s ups and downs, this affirmation is a powerhouse and a keeper!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Denise J. Hart: Trust Yourself – The Affirmation Spot for Monday August 17, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“Change the world…I am changing the world one loving action at a time.”
(Choose from 100s mp3 affirmations at The Affirmation Spot)

Denise J. Hart (aka “The Motivation Mama”) shares one of her mojo tips of the week. She also includes a wonderful affirmation at the end.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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