Take the Wheel in Your Life

Today’s Affirmation:

Today I stand up! Today I stand out! Today I stand strong!

skipperIf your strategy is to let life happen to you; it will. It’s time to put you back in the driver’s seat in your life. Ask yourself, honestly, “Am I the driver or the passenger in my life?”

Yes, I know we can’t control everything that happens to us. I also understand the wisdom of just being and going with the flow.

Neither is a reason to not be the driver in your own life. Things out of your control are going to happen whether you are the driver or the passenger in your life. That’s no reason not to be steering the things you can control. There is wisdom in “just being”, but it is so much more beneficial when done as a conscious choice to enhance your life rather than as the result of sitting in a rudderless boat.

Wayne Dyer talks about being not only the actor in your life, but also the director and producer. Actors are just given scripts that they then play out. They have no say in how the story line progresses. Directors make conscious choices about how the story is going to be told. Producers select the ideas that become the story lines created by directors and actors.

CHOOSE your storyline. It’s not enough to just tell or act someone else’s vision of your life. Put yourself in the driver’s seat.

Here are a few tips for putting you in the driver’s seat.

  1. Be the driver – stop seeing yourself as the passenger in a life where things “just happen” to you. You have a say and you have a lot of control over what happens in your life and how you react and adapt to it.
  2. Make the decisions – if you have become a passenger in your life, you have probably given control to someone else. Take it back. Be ready to accept advice from others (many heads are better than one), but make your own decisions.
  3. Take credit and responsibility – give yourself the credit for your achievements and take responsibility for your failures. Others play a role in successes and failures, but you are ultimately responsible for the results and choices in your life.
  4. Get back up – getting knocked down or facing a setback is an event not a way of life for people driving their lives. Life is full of bumps and bruises. Adapt and move on.
  5. Empower your thinking– practice empowered thinking. Here are the three aspects of empowered thinking.
    • Thought aspect – you have to think positively. Belief and commitment are important in any endeavor. Show me two people of equal talent – one who believes in his or her ability and one who does not – and I can tell you with high accuracy who will succeed. Positive thinking is imperative to maximize success potential in any endeavor. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t; you’re are right.” Positive thinking is the basis for empowered thinking, but empowered thinking is more than just positive thinking. It incorporates two more elements.
    • 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 you need to know as many of the facts as possible. Positive thinking without information does not allow you to take powerful action. When you combine positive thinking with information you lay the groundwork for powerful action in your life.
    • 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. Until there is action, informed positive thinking is just wishful thinking. Your world is supported by intentions, but it is built by actions.
  6. Take action – the driver’s seat is a place of action. The passenger’s seat is a place of passivity, paralysis, and fear of moving forward and making change. Take action. Some actions don’t work out, but you cannot allow that fear to stop you from being the driver in your life.

If you’ve been the passenger for too long, make today the day to shift back over into the driver’s seat. Take the wheel and start steering!

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.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorHe is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Can one woman really change the world? Can she expose a lie told for millennia? Can she make the future possible for two worlds?

Photographer Affirmations

Today’s Quote:

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
~ Ansel Adams

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Image: Pixabay

The Internet and digital technology has further democratized photography. It’s given all of us the tools to capture and share the moments of our lives instantaneously with friends and family anywhere on the planet.

However, there are still those intrepid souls among us who are ever in search of that perfect shot. They are the ones who document our collective lives on this planet. They photograph us at our important milestones like weddings and graduations. They go into harm’s way to document injustice in our world. They go to the ends of the Earth to capture the amazing beauty of our little world.

These affirmations are dedicated and written for them.

  1. I am a great photographer. I always take visually stunning photographs.
  2. I am a world-class photographer. My lens captures the truest essence of my subjects!
  3. I am a great photographer. My photographs stretch special moments into forever.
  4. I am a great photographer! Magic happens through my lens!
  5. My photographs transform ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.
  6. I am an amazing photographer! My photos belong on the covers of magazines!
  7. I live for the perfect image and I often find it!
  8. A great photographer lives within me. Today that photographer shows up in my images.
  9. I am a great photographer. I always rock a photo shoot!
  10. Today I am shooting iconic images that will inspire generations.
  11. Photography is my passion and it shows in every shot!
  12. I earn a comfortable living with my photography.
  13. Today I am taking photographs that make a difference in this world!
  14. The great photographers of the past live on in me and today their greatness shows up in my pictures.
  15. My photographs make stars out of models!
  16. My best photographs are still within me and today they are showing up.
  17. Today I am attracting the right photography opportunities for me!
  18. Whenever I am behind a camera, amazing things are sure to happen!
  19. My mind is the ultimate photographer. Today I use my camera to capture my imagination on film.
  20. A great photographer lives within me and I water and nourish him/her every day!
  21. I stop the world with my camera and start the imagination with my photographs!
  22. My photography pushes boundaries and breaks new ground!
  23. I am a photography superstar and my big break is coming to me right now!
  24. I am a great photographer. I build bridges through my lens.

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

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation 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 leaders seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Be The Change Affirmations

Today’s quote:

“BE the change you want to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“I can’t change the world. I’m just one person. What can I do?” We think thoughts like this and we articulate and hear others articulate versions of this statement all the time. Yet, history is replete with examples of a single person or a small group people completely transforming the landscape.

The cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Mahatma Gandhi, an example of one man who transformed everything, gave us the famous reminder at the top of this article that we must BE the change.

Now, not everyone is going to be a Gandhi or someone who changes the world. Some of us are destined to do no more than change a moment, change our minds, elevate our thinking to see beyond old paradigms. Yet, by doing that we are transforming far more than we imagine.

This I know. There is a complete spectrum of ways you can contribute. You may be on a mission to feed the hungry or eliminate injustice or you may change everything by being completely present with the people you’re with and sharing a smile or some eye contact just to say I see YOU and I know how unique and significant you are.

Today’s affirmations and original quotes are for those committed to BEING the change and making a difference- whether it be to change the world, change a moment, or change a mind.

  1. I believe in the future of humanity. I believe our species’ most prosperous, peaceful, and enlightened times are ahead. I am living my life in a way that turns that belief into reality.
  2. My world is what I make of it and today I make it a _______ place to be!
  3. Today and every day, I do at least one thing to leave the world better than I found it.
  4. Today I lend my hands and pledge my heart to the work of creating a better world.
  5. A smile shared does the work of a hundred kind words. Always be the one to share it.
  6. Today humanity’s highest potential shines brightly through my thoughts, words, and actions!
  7. A smile can open doors that a word could never budge.
  8. Today I AM the change I want to see in my world!
  9. Whenever and wherever I encounter darkness, I consciously spread light.
  10. I/We created my/our status quo and I only I/we can change it.
  11. Today I am a force for good in my world in every way I affect it!
  12. Everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity!
  13. Whenever and wherever sadness reigns, I share joy!
    Polarization benefits only those who want to maintain status quo. It’s an adversary to people looking for a way forward.
  14. I came here to serve and today I do! Today I AM the difference maker my world needs!
  15. Each and every day I am a light in my world.
  16. Peace comes to my world one person at a time, beginning with me!
  17. I absolutely believe that I can make a difference and today I DO!
  18. I believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.
  19. All growth takes place in the realms of opportunity, possibility, and potential. The status quo is a teacher, not a change agent.
  20. If being controversial shakes up the status quo, then I will shake, shake away!
  21. I am an empowered human being ready to make a difference in my world today!
  22. The status quo is nothing more than a persistently reinforced myth.
  23. The world needs my contribution! Today and every day, I make a difference!
  24. Today I make a difference by looking each person in the eye and letting them know I see their humanity.
  25. Today I play my part in sweeping away the old world and ushering a new!
  26. Today and every day, the world is a better place because I am consciously here!
  27. One heart raised, raises the whole world.
  28. Tolerance only for those who think like you and look like you, is no tolerance at all.
  29. I am committed to giving selflessly of myself for the betterment of humanity and happiness of others. Today I do!
  30. Today I depolarize my environment in every way I touch it. I am a source for understanding.
  31. I am committed to eliminating hunger in the world. My actions today are having a powerful impact.
  32. I am committed to eliminating poverty in the world. My actions today are having a powerful impact.
  33. A just peace is an achievable goal for humanity. Today I play my part in making it a reality!
  34. I am committed to eliminating injustice in the world. My actions today are having a powerful impact.
  35. As hope grows in my life, I consciously plant it in the lives of others!
  36. Wherever tyranny chains hearts, I am the loudest voice for freedom!
  37. Empowered thinkers know that humanity’s best days are coming, but some changes must come first.
  38. Even when the struggle is large, my contribution positively impacts the outcome!
  39. I am committed to my work! I know I am making a difference in the lives of people!
  40. I am absolutely determined to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem!
  41. I make the world a better place in every way I touch it today.
  42. Where ever hatred is the chief crop, I sow seeds of peace.
  43. Today I am the epicenter for a peace pandemic in my world.
  44. Today I touch my own humanity by sharing it with others!
  45. In struggle for humanity’s progress and Earth’s well being, I’m pulling for both!
  46. When we forget our neighbors’ humanity any evil becomes possible. When we remember it a better world is born.
  47. One smile can shift a moment. One kind word can shift a day. One
    empowered thought can shift a life.

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!

Random Thoughts #14

  • The winds of awakening are blowing through you today. Allow them to do their work.
  • We can be victims of our past or builders of our future, but we cannot be both at once.
  • Winners are people who regularly fail at only one thing in their lives – quitting.
  • Advertisers spend billions to shape your life. Politicians accept billions to shape your life. How much time do you spend shaping 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 also the author of the Anunnaki Awakening novel trilogy.

Confidence Affirmations

Today’s quote:

“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
~ Marianne Williamson

Today I am featuring some affirmations on confidence. Confidence is so important to success. Confidence is not a house we build once in our lives and reside blissfully there forever. It is a quality we must constantly nourish and an encourage.

It waxes and wanes depending on the circumstances. The reasons for that are many. Our past experiences, learned beliefs and responses, and people around us can all influence how confident we are – in general and in particular circumstances. Well, let’s be more accurate. Those conditions can dent our confidence, if we give them the power to do so.

We have a choice. We have the ability, as Wayne Dyer says, “To be free of the good opinions of others.” We can create a self that does not allow circumstances to diminish our confidence and resign us to mediocrity and inaction.

Some people fear that confidence borders too much on egotism, boastfulness, or conceit. They are concerned that it’s prideful and somehow not in keeping with their spiritual beliefs. The truth is confidence is none of these things. Confidence is simply developing an internal sense of the sovereignty you have to be the person you are and have the things you want. It is not about mistreating others or thinking you’re better than them. The truly confident person encourages others to claim their confident nature too.

Here are some affirmations to stir and build your confidence. They speak to many different situations and to people at different levels of confidence. Choose the ones that speak to you and make you feel better.

  1. Today I AM the person I came to this planet to be!
  2. I came here to be a great and conscious being and so that is what I am.
  3. Today I AM confidence armored with the power of my beliefs and strength of my abilities.
  4. Life is about choices and today I am making all the right choices for me!
  5. I am always a great bet! Today I am making it happen!
  6. I am bigger than any doubt, bolder than any fear, and stronger any obstacle!
  7. Today I stand up! Today I stand strong! Today I stand out!
  8. Today a pandemic of confidence spreads through my every thought and action!
  9. I am undeniably amazing!
  10. I CAN! I know I CAN! And today I AM!
  11. My endeavors impact things positively! I AM a difference-maker!
  12. Today I am confident because I KNOW my best days are ahead of me!
  13. Today my life blooms in ten shades of awesome!
  14. I bring a balanced attack of talent, intelligence, and creativity to every endeavor!
  15. Given the choice to be popular or be myself; I CHOOSE to be myself!
  16. Today is my day! I am rushing like a tsunami unstoppably towards my goals!
  17. I bring value to every interaction I am part of today!
  18.  I am a find-a-way, make-a-way person! Anything is possible for me!
  19. Opportunities are multiplying for me as far as the eye can see!
  20. Today I bring my A-Game to everything I do!
  21. Today I win the battle in my mind the world becomes a push over!
  22. Every single time I feel I am ‘less than’, I remind myself that I am a one-in–a-trillion miracle.
  23. My confidence is sky high and I have the talent, skills, and determination to back it up.
  24. Today I shine with the full glory and brilliance of a summer Sun.
  25. I am a powerful being with a purpose to fulfill. Today I am fulfilling it!
  26. Breathing in, I feel confident. Breathing out, I am confidence.
  27. Being who I am is a blessing and a rush. There’s no one else I’d rather be!
  28. I have a vision for my life! I have potential and possibility and today I am living up to it!
  29. Whatever this day brings, I can and I do handle it!
  30. Today I silence my doubts, ignore my critics, and follow my intuition and talents to my dreams.
  31. My life is going places today! One word keeps running through my mind. YES! YES! YES!
  32. A highly confident, highly competent person lives within me. Today that person shows up in my life!
  33. I have experienced this situation many times before and I will handle it brilliantly!
  34. My vision is clear! My mind is determined! MY moment has arrived!
  35. I am a great starter and a better finisher!
  36. I look people I meet squarely in the eye, firmly shake their hand, and see myself as their equal.
  37. Breathing in, I feel my anxiety. Breathing out, I choose my confidence!
  38. Today is my day! I am generating a winner’s momentum to carry me through to success.
  39. Today I take pride in my business and my skills. How dare I deny the world my gifts by acting small!
  40. Today and forever I release my doubts about promoting what I do. I have a great gift to give and today I give it!
  41. Today I am eliminating the word impossible from my vocabulary. I am 100% possible!
  42. I am a model of peace and tranquility. I remain, in all circumstances, calm, cool, confident, and collected.
  43. Today I am giving the world the gift of the real me!
  44. I handle my responsibilities with confidence and joy.
  45. I have the mental strength, emotional stability, and balance necessary to deal effectively with my challenges.
  46. I am a rising star! Good things are on the way for me.
  47. Today I am a stronger person than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be even stronger.
  48. I am going BIG because I am NOT going home!
  49. Today I am sharing my talents with a world thirsty for what I have to offer.
  50. I have the inner resources to face whatever comes my way!
  51. Nothing can stop me when I bring my A game! I always bring my A game!
  52. I am a goal setter. I am a trend setter. I am a paradigm shifter.
  53. The higher I climb, the brighter I shine!
  54. I AM courage! I AM wisdom! I AM strength. I AM able to handle what life sends me today!
  55. When I feel helpless I remember I AM powerful. When I feel weak I remember I AM strong!
  56. When the game is on the line, I am at the top my game!

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 The Fear of Failure – The Affirmation Spot for Friday October 21, 2011

Today’s Thought

“The fear of failure is the shortest route to it.”
~ Ray Davis

Success writer John C. Maxwell, in his book Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success, says the following.

“Failure is an inside job. So is success. If you want to achieve, you have to win the war in your thinking first. You can’t let the failure outside you get inside you.”

I was recently reading an article where they were comparing Japanese and American students’ approaches to learning. The writer pointed out that it is not uncommon to see a Japanese student fail numerous times on his or her way to learning something successfully. In Japan, there is no stigma to failing along the road to success. It is an expected and accepted part of the learning process.

In the United States, we attach a tremendous amount of stigma to failing. So much so that American students are generally not willing to go through the process of failing to learn. American students tend to focus their attention on subjects where they can be successful and shy away from subjects where failure might be involved.

So instead of going through the failure to learn process we often hear our children say things like, “I hate math.” They don’t really mean that they have something personal against math. What they are saying is, “I would have to fail too many times to get math and I’m not willing to do it.”

I’m not here to say that one nation’s approach to learning is superior. However, this fear of failing extends beyond school and impacts our adult life as well. Many people have big dreams or goals they would like to accomplish, but, again, they are still not willing feel the sting of failure to get there. Instead, they learn to play it safe just as their children do with the math.

That’s where my little aphorism at the top comes in. When fear failure so much that we are unwilling to try, unwilling to risk learning new things and failing a little; we cannot achieve our goals and dreams. All because of the stigma of failure.

Recondition yourself to overcome your fear of failure. In an outstanding article, Olimpio Zapanta offers five steps for overcoming the fear of failure.

  1. Divorce failure from your self-esteem.
  2. Failure is not all bad. It can be a great teacher.
  3. Failure and success are intimately linked – failure is often a prerequisite for success.
  4. Successful people fail constantly. That’s how they succeed.
  5. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you go for it.

With these five great steps and determination, don’t let the fear of failure sidetrack you from your destiny! Remember that “A Success” is what we call someone who had the courage to persist through failures.

Success and failure are not the result of circumstances. They are not the result of intelligence or luck. All of these things can contribute, but the overwhelming predictor of success is the refusal to give up. Your dreams await. They may be eleven steps away. Don’t called it a failure on step 9.

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 Anunnaki Awakening science fiction trilogy.

Your To Be List – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 20, 2011

Today’s Affirmation:

“I absorb knowledge like a sponge and retain it for use at the appropriate time.”
(click the affirmation to hear it in mp3)

to_be_listOur society is built on getting things done. Productive action is an important ingredient to our success. The “To-Do List” is a staple of our productivity society.

We make these lists to remind us of the tasks we need to complete in a day, a week, or some other time period. Some people use them as a guide, while others meticulously check off each task as it is completed.

The super-organized among us are probably already creating their 2012 To-Do Lists. Nearly all of us are thinking about the things we “have to get done” in the next year.

Numerous motivational speakers and spiritual teachers have commented that we are human “beings” not human “doings”. This is commentary on our propensity to focus on the doing at the expense of the being.

Their goal is to remind us that we are here as surely TO BE as we are to do. They are suggesting an imbalance in our lives between doing and being. With our fast-paced, modern, rush, rush, rush society; who can argue?

The extreme answer to reducing your “doingness” is to sell your possessions and go live as a monk on a mountain top somewhere. You could then spend your entire life just being. That’s not a realistic or even appealing option for most of us.

So, how do you find a beingness/doingness balance in your life? How do you keep yourself reminded to “just be” or to become who you want TO BE?

Create a To-Be List. I know, I know, I see the paradox in suggesting a doing to improve your ability to be. Life is full of paradoxes.

Your To-Be List has two aspects:

  1. Planned Beingness – these times can go right on your calendar along with your to-dos. They are planned times in your day or week where you plan to just be. Just being can mean meditating, sitting quietly, or brainstorming…you get to define what it means for you. There are just two rules. This time must be time away from your To-Do List activites. You’re not doing any of them or thinking about them. PLANNED BEINGNESS IS YOU TIME. Place this in your daily To-Do List or on your calendar. Plan your beingness.
  2. Visionary Beingness– answers the question, “Who do I want TO BE a year from now?” A To-Do List enumerates the tasks you want to get done in the next year. Your To-Be List can enumerate the characteristics you want TO BE in the next year. These can be self-development goals, career goals, or personal characteristics. This is your list of things TO BE in the coming year. It’s an organized way to spell out who you want TO BE the same way you list what you need to do. Examples include the following.
    • By ______, I will BE less judgmental than I am now.
    • By ______, I will BE more courageous in following my dreams than I am now.
    • By ______, I will BE in a managerial role.
    • By ______, I will BE more at peace than I am today.
    • By ______, I will BE a more accomplished writer.
    • By ______, I will BE a more effective business owner.

Tips for Success:

  • Make your To-Be List as important as your To-Do List.
  • Use existing tools like your current electronic calendar or hard copy planner to create your To-Be List right along side your To-Do List.
  • Make it part of your routine.
  • Spend time each day reviewing your To-Be List just as you do your To-Do List.

By making time TO BE, you will experience greater peace and contentment. By envisioning who you want TO BE, you are focusing your mind and your efforts to create the circumstances, opportunities, and intention to make it so. Create an expectation that you will complete your T0-Be List the same way you complete your To-Do List and you will!

Let me take this opportunity to say thank you for reading this blog. I know your time is valuable and I am really working to bring you the best blog possible – one that adds real value to your life each day. Your readership makes it all worth it.

Please let me know what I can do to make it more empowering, thought-provoking, or meaningful for you. I do read every comment and email. If this blog is adding value to your life, please tell at least one friend about it! Thank you for your support.

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.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay’s 2015 speculative fiction novel, Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation, is turning heads. Where did humanity really come from and where is it going? This is Book 1 of a trilogy. The Awakening has begun!

Learn more about the trilogy and order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com.