Five Steps to Constant Motivation – Day 234 of 365 Days to a Better You

You often hear sportscasters talk about a team getting “Big Mo” on their side. In that context, they’re referring to momentum. I’m talking about the other “Big Mo” – motivation. If you have the latter, I can practically guarantee you’ll have the the former.

What is Motivation?

It’s an internalized drive that pulls your powers of heart, mind, and body in a purposeful direction. It pushes you toward action and achievement and away from stagnation and procrastination. It’s something within that lights your fire, drives ambition, gives you a zest for life, and provides a reason for getting up in the morning.

Where Does It Come From?

Inspiration. Many use motivation and inspiration interchangeably. They’re similar concepts, but their source is different. While motivation is the internal fire, inspiration is the external spark that lights it. Ate you looking for motivation? The good news is its inspiration can come from a million places – a movie, a book, an experience, a sudden insight, a conversation with a friend. There’s no end to the constant sparks around you ready, as soon as you’re willing, to light that fire inside.

How to Make Motivation Work for You

Great! Now you know what motivation is and where you can dip your candle to get the flame going. How do you use it and keep it burning?

  1. Purpose – undirected motivation is a fire that soon flickers out. You must have a compelling goal that keeps feeding the fire.
  2. Action – stationary motivation quickly fizzles. Once you have a purpose, start moving toward it. Don’t wait. Procrastination is water on your fire.
  3. Goals – your purpose is a big, all encompassing target. Have small, achievable goals along the way towards it. Nothing feeds the fire like success.
  4. Celebrate – celebrate those little successes along the way. This adds incentive to keep acting in the direction of your goals and purpose.
  5. Dream – dream big, colorful dreams that employ as many of your senses as possible. The more senses that are involved the more real the dream. While goals are the intellectual objectives, dreaming is the emotional engine that keeps the whole train moving down the track. It sucks in the inspiration from all around you and keeps pushing you to act.

If you do these five things, rinse, and repeat, you’ll never be unmotivated in your life again.

Have a beautiful and MOTIVATED day!

Ray

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Our Visit to Beautiful Walden Pond

April and I have lived in Massachusetts for almost four years. As our time here draws to a close, we’re trying mark things off our places to visit list. We’ve been wanting to hike around Walden Pond (yes, that Walden Pond) since we arrived. I hiked part of it alone a couple years ago, but I didn’t consider it done.

Yesterday was the day. We visited the pond in it’s frozen winter state and navigated the treacherously icy path. Here are some photos from this amazing place. Henry David Thoreau immortalized these beautiful surroundings when he spent two years living in the woods along this pond. He wrote his seminal work – Walden – about this experience.

Walden inspired Thoreau and Thoreau’s writing continues to inspire activists and opposers of the status quo. Both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. applied Thoreau’s approach to change the world.

Even in 2019, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this place, it’s easy to see why it so inspired.

Carpe Diem – Let’s Seize the Day

Hope you are having a fantastic Thursday! This post is about a movie scene from 30 years ago that inspired me in the moment and continues to do so today. I’d love to hear what movie scenes have inspired you over the years. Please comment below.

Ray

Happy Birthday, Grandma

Juanita R. DavisToday would have been my grandmother Davis’s 113th birthday. Juanita R. Davis – my paternal grandmother – was born Juanita Wood on December 18, 1904 in southern Illinois. Despite debilitating conditions that began very early in life, she lived life with an undeniable vigor and spunk. Because she fought through her challenges, many of us are here today.

Ever the consummate storyteller, Grandma Davis regaled me a number of times with her story of seeing Halley’s Comet in 1910. They went out into the country in wagons to see the spectacle. She was of that amazing generation that saw wagons become lunar landers and human beings walking on the moon.

Later in life she became a prolific writer and poet. She was published in numerous newspapers and regional magazines. She used to babysit my next youngest brother and I and she often hosted her Circle meetings. These were meetings of all women sharing community and their writing.

We lost her 29 years ago this October. Before she left this world she inspired me in ways she knew and in ways neither she nor I can understand. Certainly, I write because of her. All these years later, she remains one of the steady influences on my life.

As we prepare to dig in for Winter 2018, I decided to share one grandma’s many poems. It fully displays her ironic sense of humor and describes the unpredictability of the weather even in our day of weather satellites and big data.

She titled it “We Take It As It Comes”.

“We Take It As It Comes”

There’s no accumulation
Was what forecasters said
There’s no accumulation
So had naught to dread.

I crawled beneath the covers
And went right off to sleep
The “no accumulation”
Is now six inches deep.

Today I made a pathway
Almost a sidewalk wide
With “no accumulation”
Piled high on either side.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Ray Davis is the author of Anunnaki Awakening, founder of The Affirmation Spot, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media.

anunnaki_cover_full_color is an advocate for the potential of the human race. He’s life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education. He’s always been fascinated by alternative views of history. His current latest novel is Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation s turning heads and opening minds. Order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com.

Miracle in Progress

sun in handsThere! Did you see it? There’s a miracle in progress. Where? Everywhere you look. The ants are building ant hills. Your heart is beating, beating, beating. The season is effortlessly changing again. The Earth goes around the Sun, as the Sun goes around the center of the galaxy. Everywhere you look, there’s a miracle.

You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t take your eye off the ball”. I think we should amend that to, “Don’t take your eye off the miracle.”

The moment you take your eye off the miracle, you begin to get into trouble. You start seeing “us” and “them”, “enough” and “not enough”, “future” and “past”, and you worry about all of it. Your worry turns into a soup of negative internal emotions that spill out into your world as unhappiness, anger, hatred, and even violence.

None of this is possible when you have your eye on the miracle. For in that vision of the world, you see how rare, precious, and amazing you are. You see how rare, precious and amazing everyone and everything around you is. We are all survivors, here in this place and time against overwhelming odds. Yet, here making our stand, being who we came here to be, and contributing our own uniqueness to the miracle.

So, when the moment gets you down today, remember the miracle. When you’re tempted fall into negativity and doubt, remember the miracle. It’s always right there, completely self-evident in every moment, if only you’ll look.

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!

Amazing Video – Love Sees No Color

I came across this gentleman on Twitter just this evening. I was so struck by his music and by this video that I had to share.

His name is Nassiri. This video was literally filmed on location all over the world and the chorus is sung by children in 15 languages. What an amazing message! We should all be listening.

See more of his music at http://nassiri.com/?albums=love-sees-no-color-2.

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

Ray

Impossible? Impossible! I’m Possible!

Today’s Thought:

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible'”
~Audrey Hepburn

What is possible? What is impossible? We use the words all the time, but do we truly consider their meaning, their implications? To believe that something is possible places it in the realm of your potential experience. To call something impossible, limits it and bars it from your experience.

There are many things that people deem impossible. Yet, as history clearly proves, what is impossible in one time and place clearly becomes possible in another. It’s more accurate to say we don’t know how something is possible than it is to clearly state it is impossible.

Today I am sharing affirmations and original quotes about possibility and impossibility. I created many of these as tweets. Some I’m sharing for the first time. There is enough here to use for many days, as you build the power of possibility in your life.

I hope these will open your mind to consider things new options, new horizons for yourself and for humanity. Why live chained by limits, when we broaden our opportunities, simply by broadening our thinking?

Affirmations:

  1. I am a find-a-way, make-a-way kind of person! Everything is possible for me!
  2.  I am a magnificent possibility headed for certain greatness!
  3. Today I ignite the power of possibility in my life!
  4. As my belief in what is possible expands, so does what is possible for me!
  5. Today I am opening my heart and my mind to possibilities I had never before considered.
  6. I am the birthplace of possibility! Everything is possible for me!
  7. Today I am eliminating the word impossible from my vocabulary
  8. My life is absolutely filled with dazzling possibilities. Today I say yes to them!
  9. I am one heart exploring every love. I am one mind exploring every possibility.
  10. My possibilities are ever-green! My commitment to exploring them always strong!
  11. The power of possibility is alive and well in my life!
  12. Today I am laying it all on the line for the possibility of something more.
  13. As I push through my limits, a world of possibility opens for me.
  14. Each and every day, life presents me with a bouquet of possibilities.
  15. As I open myself to more possibilities, the opportunities multiply in my life!
  16. Today I am inspired and energized by the power of my possibility!
  17. With an open heart and an open mind, I defy impossibility!
  18. Today I breathe possibility! Today I speak possibility! Today I dwell in possibility!
  19. Today I push my limits and impossible becomes possible for me.
  20. Today my possibilities multiply, my successes magnify, and my potential is realized!
  21. My faith reminds me to believe that impossibility is the birthplace of every possibility!
  22. Every time the world turns new possibility is created. The world is always turning. My possibility is right here!
  23. Today I harness the power of possibility to write this new chapter in my life!
  24.  L-O-V-E is the code that unlocks every possibility in my life!
  25. Breathing in, I see my highest possibility. Breathing out, I achieve it!
  26. For too long, I have lived in the shadow of my doubts. Today I choose to live in the sunshine of my possibility.
  27. My life is abuzz with the electricity of possibility. Today my possibilities become realities!
  28. A mighty river of possibility runs through my life. Every day, I dip my cup into it and drink.
  29. An amazing possibility lives within me! Today I bring that possibility to fruition!
  30. Today I release my either/or thinking and open my mind to new possibilities!
  31.  I am a creative genius! I constantly pushes the possibility envelope!
  32. My future is paved with promise, potential, and possibility!
  33. I refuse to allow a moment of doubt to block a lifetime of possibility!
  34. Today I step past my doubts and into my possibility!
  35. My possibilities are absolutely endless!

Thoughts:

  1. True leaders create possibility for others.
  2. Be a student of how impossibility crosses into possibility and ignite that dynamic in your life.
  3. What was impossible has become possible. What is impossible shall become possible too.
  4. Impossibility is just a belief. Why not make possible your belief?
  5. The status quo is a powerful drug, but every day is a rehab of new possibilities.
  6. Wisdom is not knowing every answer. Wisdom is accepting every possibility.
  7. Freedom is the sweet smell of possibility in the morning and the impulse to pursue it.
  8. It’s quite possible that nothing is impossible.
  9. Impossible is always yesterday’s limited vision about today and today’s limited vision about tomorrow.
  10. Never saying never, keeps everything possible.
  11. Nothing is more impossible than impossible.
  12. Extraordinary thinkers power up on a future full of possibility. Ordinary thinkers power down on a past full of mistakes
  13. When you look to the stars at night do you see points of light or points of possibility?
  14. The sky is full of possibility. The wind blows with change. You are not stuck where you are without choosing it.
  15. Our minds are the bridge between impossible and possible.
  16. Today’s impossibility becomes tomorrow’s inevitability.
  17. Habitual eyes see impossibility. New eyes see possibility.
  18. Only by risking the loss of certainty, can we live in the power of possibility.
  19. Either/or thinking impedes progress and limits possibility. Expand your thinking and expand your possibilities.
  20. Yesterday’s impossibilities are shattered by today’s new ideas.
  21. What if for one just one day you thought anything was possible for you? Yes, what then?
  22. We are exiting a era marked by fear and disempowerment and entering an era of awakening and possibility.
  23. Every single one of us lives on the banks of the river of possibility.
  24. All that stands between impossible and possible is time and determination.
  25. Impossible is not a stop sign. Impossible is a work zone.
  26. Rain drops are just possibilities until they quench someone’s thirst. So are good intentions.
  27. All possibles begin their lives as impossibles.
  28. Possible and impossible are beliefs, not facts.
  29. Optimism is planting trees of hope and possibility in your life. Pessimism is burning them down.
  30. Believe in miracles. Erase impossible from your dictionary.
  31. The need for certainty is a possibility killer.
  32. Each day has a full spectrum of possibility. We can neither write any day off nor take any day for granted.
  33. Every breath is hope. Every blink of an eye is possibility.
  34. Potential comes from nothingness. Possibility from impossibility. Success from failure. All is born from its opposite.
  35. Every moment is a miracle – a one in a trillion trillion possibility – that has come to life just for you.
  36. Every moment is an elixir of possibility.
  37. Today’s limits are tomorrow’s starting point.
  38. Habitual eyes are blind to new possibilities. Let us wipe our eyes and see anew.
  39. Everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity!
  40. I am human – full of doubts and flaws, potential and possibility and equipped with a mind capable of choosing which to focus on.
  41. Never doubt that the world is full of possibility and potential. Shift happens!
  42. Always feed the fire of possibility, rather than stirring the embers of doubt.
  43. How cool that we live in a world where neither triumph nor defeat is permanent; only possibility is.
  44. I see your impossibility and I raise you my determination.
  45. You are not limited by what is possible, only by what you believe is possible.
  46. Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of this moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
  47. Never chain yourself to an impossibility.
  48. We live beneath a sky of a trillion possibilities. Why limit your thinking?
  49. If you are unable to believe in anything else where you are right now, at least believe in possibility.
  50. Impossibility is embedded in stone, but possibility always travels on the wind.
  51. Scarcity is the mantra of impossibility. Abundance is the calling card of possibility.
  52. All growth takes place in the realms of opportunity, possibility, and potential. The status quo is a teacher not a change agent.
  53. Our possibilities expand and contract to match our thinking.
  54. Let us stop living in our worries and start living in our possibilities.
  55. Life is a series of possibilities. The only thing cast in stone is that you will decide what to make of them.
  56. Become an expert on possibility, rather than impossibility.
  57. The visionary thrives on possibility, while the masses stew in their doubts.
  58. Birth and death are the only two givens. Everything else is a possibility.
  59. Certainty is safe and familiar, but uncertainty is the doorway to all possibility.
  60. Impossibility is a comfort zone for inaction. Possibility is a battle cry for action.
  61. Life is devoid of guarantees, but filled with possibilities.
  62. What we know can limit us. Knowing closes the door to many possibilities. Be open to not knowing sometimes.
  63. To grow your possibilities, you must release some of your impossibilities.

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 the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.