Let Idealism Be Your Realism – Day 325 of 365 Days to a Better You

Did you used to be young and idealistic? Are you right now? If you’re part of the first group, when and where did you lose it? If you’re part of the second group, please, please never lose it.

“Realism” is too often used as an excuse for dashing hope, giving new things a try, or seeing a better world or a better you is even possible.

“That’s just not realistic,” says your inner voice, the naysayers, the media , and current structure of the world. Sometimes it appears in the form of a command, “Be realistic!” Sometimes in the form of an excuse to yourself, “I’m just being realistic.”

Have you ever noticed that being realistic is never aimed in positive direction? No one ever says they’re being realistic by expecting good things to happen or the world to become a better place.

No, realism, in it’s most common use, is a wet blanket, a limiter, a euphemism for closet negativity.

If being realistic was the standard, what great thing ever would have been tried much less achieved?

So, I don’t buy it. When I hear someone pull out the realism card, I just hear someone ceding to the status quo, giving up without trying, and hoping they can convince others to remain hopeless and mediocre along with them.

I say to you. Let idealism be your realism. Never become such an “adult” that you stop seeing and striving for big possibilities. The truth is the realistic status quo we live in just isn’t good enough. It just doesn’t ensure the freedom, security, and basic needs of enough people on this planet. It doesn’t point us to the stars or to higher spiritual achievement.

Let’s choose to become totally unrealistic. Let’s bust the ceilings, break the barriers, and open the doors to a new day for human beings and all living creatures on our planet. Sure, there’ll be naysayers. So what? So what?

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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Ask Bigger, Better Questions – Day 324 of 365 Days to a Better You

You may remember earlier in our journey we discussed how there are no dumb questions. Today I want to expand on that and encourage you to ask bigger and better questions.

If we want bigger answers in our lives, for our species, and for the planet, we must ask BIGGER questions. If we want better answers, we must ask better questions.

Lives and civilizations thrive or fail based on the size and the quality of the questions they ask. If you want to profoundly shift your life, you’ve got to be willing to put everything on the table in your evaluation of it. The questions you asked or never asked, that created your current life are not big enough or smart enough to create the next better version of you,

“OK. Makes sense,” you might say, “but how do I ask bigger, better questions?”

  1. Go deeper – to ask the questions that really matter and can really change things, you have to understand who you are and what you want at a fundamental level.
  2. Be authentic- once you understand who you are and what you want, be authentic. Don’t run away from it no matter how scary or paradigm-shattering it may seem.
  3. Getting from here to there – just like you look at a map before getting in your car to drive someplace new, you have to map what getting from who you are to who you want to be looks like.
  4. Formulate your questions – who or what do you need to challenge or change? What ideas and paradigms have to shift? Ask more WHY and WHAT IF questions. These questions get to what matters and challenge paradigms.

By doing this, you’ll find that the questions you ask as you move through life each day will shift from:

  • What do I want to eat?
  • What do I want to watch on TV?
  • Where do I want to go on vacation this year?
  • What do people think of me?

To:

  • Does this job still fulfill me? If not, what career would serve me better at this point in my life?
  • Why do I want to be a screenwriter and how can I make that happen?
  • What would my life look like if I chose to be authentically me instead who I was pushed to be?
  • What if money and time were not an object? Who would I be then?
  • Why am I just getting by instead of living my dreams?
  • How can I make the biggest difference?
  • How could we have a next-level relationship?
  • What if war isn’t inevitable and peace impossible?

The bigger and better your questions, the bigger and better the universe’s answers. Unasked questions rarely receive answers. The very act of asking opens doors, gets your mind working on the how, and inspires your why to make it happen.

Just in case no one else reminds you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

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Five “Be The Change” Affirmations

One of the most prolific inspiring quotes in the world today is Mahatma Gandhi’s famous admonitions, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Here are five affirmations that inspire you to be that change every day.

  1. Today I am a force for good in my world in every way I affect it!
  2. I came here to serve and today I do! Today I AM the difference maker my world needs!
  3. Each and every day I am a light in my world.
  4. Peace comes to my world one person at a time, beginning with me!
  5. believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.

If not you and me, then who?

Just in case no one reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Checkout this more extensive list of Be The Change Affirmations on the TAS  website.

Change Your Mind – Day 303 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Thought

We must break our habitual thinking and learn to see life with fresh eyes each day.

If you get up every day and think the same thoughts you thought yesterday and the day before that, what’s the point? If you’re not changing your mind once in a while, you’re not growing, you’re not learning, you’re just stuck.

Now you might be thinking, “Hey, wait a minute. There are timeless beliefs and ideals that I don’t want to change.”

Fair enough. I will guarantee you (and me), though that there are thoughts you’ve thought for decades that harm you or harm others, that limit you or limit others, that include some people and exclude others.

Who are your thoughts harming? Who are they limiting? Who are they excluding? What have you deemed impossible because that’s what you’ve always thought? What are you missing because you’ve closed yourself off to different possibilities because you’re afraid of the cognitive dissonance carnage that might result from challenging your old ideas?

Some of these thoughts you’ve wanted to jettison for a long time, but they’re comfort food for the mind. They feel safe and sure and consistent.

I’m calling on you and me to change our minds. Let’s change what we believe about our potential as a species. Let’s change the zero sum game of, “We’re 100 percent right and you’re 100 percent wrong.” Let’s be open to the fact that the world can change for the better, people can change for the better, and we can change for the better.

You’re going to wake up tomorrow morning and every fiber of your being is going to want to slice into seeing the world you’ve always seen. What if…what if tomorrow you change your mind and see it with new eyes?

In case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

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Be The Conscious Opposition – Day 300 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

Even in the face of a world run on negativity, I am a conscious light for the change that can be,

Fear, division, anger, blame, tribalism. Observe traditional media, social media, or pop culture for 15 minutes and you’ll find it teeming with these mindsets. You couldn’t, if you tried, create a list of characteristics more destructive to the human hearts and human aspirations than these. Yet, this is mental bath we’re all bathing in daily, if we’re not conscious.

These values will win the day and win in your life unless you raise the vibration of your thinking and boost your immunity to them. What our world desperately needs is a conscious opposition, a conscious counterculture.

Where fear rules, sow love. Where division and tribalism are winning, practice unity. When the world preaches anger and vengeance, be the lone voice, if necessary, for peace and understanding. In a culture of blame, stand for accountability and personal responsibility.

The way to change the prevailing culture is not to match anger with anger or to checkout to your personal Nirvana. Be the embodiment of higher vibration through active engagement with this world.

How? Here are some practical ways to be part of the conscious opposition in your daily life.

  1. Challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. The reason these negative values win is because they pander to the easiest and lowest vibrations in us. They win through the inertia of habit. “That’s how it’s always been and how it will always be,” say the systems defenders. Show others there is a conscious alternative to these habits.
  2. Be engaged. Don’t remain silent when you see these negative mindsets winning. It’s scary to speak out. You may fear what your friends or family will think. You may believe it’s safer to avoid controversial topics. The negative status quo relies on forward thinkers to remain silent. Make your conscious voice count.
  3. Practice what you preach. It’s easy to see these negative mindsets winning and become angry yourself. It’s easy to think your righteous anger is better than the status quo anger. Don’t fall into this trap. The only way to raise the vibration in your world is to raise the vibration. Your anger is as destructive as what is. If you say you’re for conscious change, then be it.
  4. Maintain the health of your consciousness. The negative mainstream of consciousness has the advantage of the 24/7 news cycle feed8 g the masses all the division and negativity they can swallow. The prevalence of these mindsets in the world can even wear you down and weigh you down, if you’re not careful. Know what feeds your positive vibration and keep it strong so you can be light in the darkness.
  5. Believe positivity can win. The negative mindsets in the world often win on the power of their supposed practicality and invincibility. After all, if someone mistreats you, it makes perfect sense to get them back, right? “it’s just human nature,” so e argue, “there’s no changing it.” Nonsense. Our thinking and our unconscious agreement created the status quo. Our thinking and our conscious choice to change it can reset the game completely. You must believe positivity can win. If not you, who?

We are not stuck on an unalterable path. The world can change, if you and I are willing to be the example of the world that can be,

In case no one else reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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The World We Seek – Day 296 of 365 Days to a Better You

The world we are seeking is not a world of bare minimums for everyone, though that’s a start. It’s a world of universal abundance of mind, body, and spirit that lives in harmony with nature rather than in conflict with it.

To achieve that, requires us to ask questions we’ve never before asked, consider possibilities we’ve never before considered, and release old paradigms that no longer serve us.

The road to that world will not be easy. Many are simply unwilling to ask those questions, consider new options, or release old thinking that comforts them. For many, attachment to outmoded labels and, frankly, just the inertia of habit make the world that can be seemingly impossible.

For those of us who do see that world and its necessity, we must be willing to stand courageously against the tyranny of the status quo. We must be wiling to lay out the vision of what’s possible, even against naysaying we will encounter. We must hold firm to the principle that what is is, but that doesn’t mean it’s what has to be.

Why not a world where every human being has basic needs for shelter, sustenance, health, and education met simply for being born into the human family? Why not a world where every human being, their basic needs met, strives to become the best version of himself or herself and make the contribution to the world he or she was born to make?

Utopia? No. It’s simply an enlightened civilization where every human being is valued and his or her contribution welcomed. Too much to ask? Only for as long as we believe it is.

Star Trek has been talking about such a world for decades. Though it appears we need not wait for the 24th century technology to make it so. We’re on the precipice of technology that could make all this possible right now.

Science historian James Burke laid out this vision thirty years in the last few minutes ofthe final eposode of the seminal series The Day The Universe Changed.

Let us proceed with our hearts and minds set on a world like that. To those who say it’s impossible, just watch us!

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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Open Hearts Open Minds – Day 295 of 365 Days to a Better You

Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything else. It’s virtually impossible to create a better version of you or a better world with a closed mind or a closed heart.

Change, by definition, is about openness to new ideas and new possibilities. It’s not as if you live in a universe that gives you a choice. That universe is in constant motion whether you are or not.

Setting your feet in cemented ideas may feel safe and it may feel strong, but at the end of the day, you spend all your energy trying to stay in place against the current of change.

Now, of course not all change is automatically positive. Fortunately, you are a powerful creator able to shape the change that flows through your life and into the world.

Here are some quotes and #RayQuotes to inspire you to be more open, receptive, and co-creative in this ever-changing world.

    ANYTHING is possible for determined minds and open hearts.
    Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. -Sir James Dewar
    Open hands can capture nourishing rain water. Closed hands just get wet. Minds are like hands.
    Closed minds expand limitations. Open minds expand possibilities.
    What the world needs is Paul Reveres sounding the alarm to the closed hearts and minds everywhere that it’s time to open.
    Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of the moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
    Free hearts and open open minds the world over are saying, “Enough”. The few must no longer rule the many.
    What good is an open society, if it is filled with closed minds? Let’s create a world where open minds embrace open society.
    With open eyes, is the truth seen. With closed minds, is the truth obscured.
    Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything.

In case no one else has told you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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