Lead By Example – Day 152 of 365 Days to a Better You

You must be a credible leader before you can be an incredible leader.

It’s clear the world is in need of more conscious leadership. Though there’s still a hard push to re-centralize power on this planet, the way forward is with less centralized power. Why? Because, frankly, our institutions are too slow to deal with the changes our species will soon face. Often, they’re unwilling to even acknowledge those coming changes.

It’s going to be up to each of us to be a leader, if we want to make sure these changes propel humanity forward rather than push us into a dystopian nightmare.  Never will conscience and wisdom be so needed.

To be a leader in the coming world, you must be credible. You must walk the walk and talk the talk like never before.

Years ago, I read a book about silly laws that were still on the books. One came from my home state of Kansas. The law read, “If two trains come to a crossing at the same time, they both must come to a complete stop and neither can move until the other one leaves.” Well, you immediately see the problem, don’t you?

Many of the wise and conscious characteristics that will make or break us in the coming decades are like this too. Hatred, strife, division, and fear rankle our society today. These can only be over Peace, compassion, unity, and love. But, who will go first? Who will be peaceful in the face of hatred? Who will meet strife with compassion?

The answer is like the two trains. If you’re waiting for someone else to go first, we’re never going to get there. Someone has to take that risk and be that leader. Is it you? Are you willing to take the first step or perhaps endure the last insult to end the anger?

This is sage level stuff, but the world needs sages now more than ever. Will you and I sometimes fail on this road? No doubt, but let us be the ones who once and for all help our world turn corners to new mindsets dreamt of for millennia.

You and I are here right now for THIS purpose to make THIS difference. That won’t matter unless we are willing to lead by example.

See your greatness and help others to see theirs too!

Ray

 

 

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Leadership Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday March 11, 2010

Today’s Thought:

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

In life, we may not all be leaders in business or social settings. However, there is one place we should always lead – our lives. We have to be willing to step up and take what Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield has described as “The One Seat”.

That’s the place where we are sovereign in our life; making our own decisions and taking responsibility for our outcomes. Today I am posting affirmations and original quotes to awaken the leader within.

  1. There is a great leader within me. Today I am embodying leadership in all I say and do!
  2. Self-Leadership is the best leadership. Today I boldly take the lead in my life!
  3. Today my inner leader emerges in my life.
  4. My company needs leaders and I am ready, willing, and able to step up!
  5. Our planet needs leaders and I am ready, willing, and able to step up!
  6. I am a great leader! I am a great leader! I am a great leader and I get better and better each and every day!
  7. Whenver I take the lead amazing things happen!
  8. The world in which we follow a leader and hope for the best must be replaced by a world where we lead ourselves.
  9. I am a leader not a follower. Today I AM the leader I always knew I could be!
  10. Love will become the answer when we refuse to allow leaders lead through fear. We must recognize fear-based leadership and reject it.
  11. Every leader was once a follower or a wannabe who showed up and stepped up.
  12. If my vision of the world is to succeed, I must lead. Today I am the leader I always knew I could be!
  13. Leadership is sometimes just a matter of being the one to fill the idea vacuum.
  14. Today I am the leader I came here to be!
  15. A great leader lives within me. Today that leader steps up and takes charge!
  16. I am a decisive leader. I weigh all available information and make the call without regrets.
  17. I lead through my thoughts! I lead through my words! I lead through my actions!
  18. I am a business visionary. I am always setting the trends that others follow in my niche!
  19. Today I stand up, Today I stand out, Today I stand strong!
  20. A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.
  21. When fear is the leader I refuse to follow. Love is my leader!
  22. A leader may inspire, but I believe in me. I never substitute belief in myself for belief in any leader.
  23. I know when to learn, when to listen, and when to lead. I am a great leader!

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’s spent the past 21 years in sales and sales training for major companies.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle.

I Have a Dream – The Affirmation Spot for Friday January 17, 2008

This coming Monday we celebrate the birthday of a great man. Like most great people he is either loved (by the overwhelming majority of people) or hated (by a small minority). Great people always inspire us to have an opinion about them. In the humble opinion of this writer, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man.

Regardless of whether or not you agreed with his politics he was somone who had conviction. He stood against tremendous injustice. There was a great hypocrisy in our land in his day. A hypocrisy that had gone on too long. He stood up to be a leader and he paid the ultimate price for it.

Few people had a greater influence on modern America than this man. Today, through the magic of YouTube, I am able to share his most famous and, I believe, his crowning moment.

The day is August 28, 1963. 250,000 Americans gathered on the mall in Washington D.C. to listen to Dr. King's speech. Little did they know they were about to hear perhaps the greatest speech ever.

Four and a half decades later his words still inspire. His dream is still an aspiration. His vision is still the future we can all share as soon as we choose that course.


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Your challenges may not be as big, but remember that anything is possible when you "have a dream".

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Iowa, New Hampshire: Paul and Kucinich – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday January 3, 2008

Today’s affirmation is:

“I simply will not settle for less than truthful, honorable leadership ready to make positive change in the world.” 

kp.gifWhen you look at most positive thinking blogs around the Internet, you find that they tend to focus only on the glowingly positive. We do a lot of that here on this blog as well. It is important to see the positive and focus on manifesting more of it.

However, there is nothing more positive or empowering than the truth. Ugly as it may be sometimes, no real growth can happen in our lives or in the world until we build it on that foundation.

As the 2008 election cycle approaches, America is facing some daunting challenges. While health care, the war, and the economy are all key issues, the biggest issue facing Americans is a corrupt establishment in serious need of reform. This establishment – long deaf to the needs and will of the American people – needs a serious wake up call.

This establishment crosses party lines. To deal with it, we must move beyond the belief that George W. Bush is the antidote to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton is the answer to George W. Bush. As long as that paradigm ensnares us, we are caught.

Far from finding a way to end a war the American people have clearly turned against, the establishment continues to seek excuses to expand that war. Those who thought electing establishment Democrats to replace establishment Republicans would address this issue have been sadly mistaken.

The establishment routinely skews inflation numbers (and other numbers). The government claims that inflation has been steady at  2-3% per year when every American who owns a home or a car, buys groceries, or pays a bill knows this is ridiculous.

That housing boom? Did we forget there were buyers on the opposite end of that “growth in housing prices”? That was inflation. Have your health care cost only risen 2-3% a year over the past 10 years? How about gas prices or food prices?

Why does this happen? Because Social Security benefits, veteran’s benefits, welfare benefits, and other obligations are tied to the “core inflation rate”. This ever-fungible number determines cost of living increases for these groups. However, the establishment plays fast and loose with these numbers to keep this rate down. The result is that some of the most vulnerable among us have seen their effective purchasing power plummet because of this fiction.

Not to mention the fact that wide admission of the real inflation rate and steady erosion of our dollar’s buying power actually might stir even the apathetic masses to action.

Then there are trade deals that send jobs overseas while establishment leaders tell us this is wonderful for us; as former Commerce Secretary Don Evans did in 2004. There are talks about unifying North America and, eventually, all of the Americas in an EU-style union. Is anyone asking you about that? Do you get to vote on it?

Most troubling, our establishment seems to view the Constitution as an obstacle to be navigated around rather than the chief law of the land and the abiding wisdom of our system.

Assuming you could even find an establishment journalist who would ask these questions, try asking Rudy, Hillary, Mitt, Barack, John E., John M., or Mike about these issues and you are likely to get hemming, hawing, and a rapid change of the subject. They will not look you in the eye and deny any of it. That would be foolish. They will just pretend it doesn’t exist and hope you will continue to do the same.

WE NEED POSITIVE, REAL CHANGE.
 
Iowa and New Hampshire offer the first opportunity to send the message loud and clear. I’m not talking about a protest vote. Protest votes are as meaningless as the pundits say. I’m talking about striking a blow for real change in this country.

Whatever you thought of Ross Perot he definitely shook the system. However, his revolution was built around a cult of personality and Mr. Perot’s wallet. The establishment absorbed that blow and moved on.

Fortunately, voters in both parties have candidates they can turn to in this election cycle. Men who understand that the way to deal with a corrupt establishment is not to bow to it, but to challenge it. Men who speak the truth and let the chips fall where they may.

Ron Paul on the Republican side and Dennis Kucinich on the Democratic ballot are these two candidates. The establishment media regularly ignores, chides, and belittles both men. That should tell you something right there. They have both endured ridiculous Ad Hominem attacks designed to undermine their viability in the eyes of you – the voter.

Keep in mind that the establishment media is working overtime to craft your view of these men as crackpots with no chance of winning. That is a bold-faced attempt to steer your vote away from your conscience.

While their political philosophies differ significantly on the role of government, both recognize the key issue I am discussing today. They understand that The USA Patriot Act and the Bill of Rights are not on the same page. They understand, as George Washington warned in his farewell address, that foreign political entanglements are a dangerous business for a republic. They recognize that government is deciding what is best for the people rather than the people deciding what they want from government.

All positive thinking, empowered individuals must think long and hard before they cast their ballots in 2008. Do we elect another establishment candidate because they have a D or an R after their name? Do we listen to the promises before they are elected or look at the actions after? George W. Bush claimed he was against nation-building in 2000, but look what he has done. Hillary Clinton claims to be against this war and the domestic abuses, but has voted for every one of them.

Do we elect people simply because they would be the first from some group or gender to become president even if they are sure to continue these policies? Is that sound reasoning in these tumultuous times? 

Enough, I say. There is no positive way forward by continuing to elect people who put empire and their power ahead of the constitution and the will of the people.

Kucinich and Paul are not supermen. They are flawed human beings with flawed policies. They say stupid things sometimes, but they are saying and doing what we need leaders to say and do right now – they are telling the truth. As unpleasant as some of it may be, the truth is a necessary starting point for our road back to sanity.

Iowa and New Hampshire, you’re up. You get to set the tone for the rest of this primary season. Are you going to be the seed of hope and change or the enablers for establishment candidates committed to “steady as she goes”?

Live up to your reputations as the bedrock of American politics. Get out there and start the ballot box revolution. Vote for Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.

Be peaceful Be prosperous.

Ray

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The Affirmation Survey Update

Saturday greetings –

 Just wanted to update you on the current results from our affirmation poll. I am conducting this poll as part of the research I am doing for a book I am writing about affirmations. The survey currently consists of 10 questions.

Here are some of the interesting results thus far. Click the link below to take The Affirmation Survey.

Take the survey right now.

 

If you use affirmations or other motivational products on a regular basis, which of the following best describe when and how you use them? Select all that apply.

Answer Percentage
Before an activity (game, sales call, speech, etc.) 43%
Driving 21%
Evening 19%
Exercise 15%
Meditating 20%
Morning 64%
Praying 18%
Relaxing 27%
Working 6%

What format(s) do you usually use to get your affirmations or other motivation? Select all that apply.

Answer Percentage
Audio – CD 23%
Audio – Download 21%
Books 39%
E-mail Messagelf 20%
Verbalize to Self 45%
Write and Read 16%

Which areas of your life have you used or would you consider using affirmations to improve? Select all that apply.

Answer Percentage
Career 36%
Health and Well-Being 68%
Hobbies 17%
Learning/Education 9%
Personal Empowerment 51%
Relationships 19%
Religion/Spirituality 50%
Sales 34%
Sports 28%
Wealth and Prosperity 24%

Leadership – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday September 26, 2007

“Leaders breathe life into the hopes and dreams of others and enable them to see the exciting possibilities that the future holds. Leaders forge a unity of purpose by showing constituents how the dream is for the common good. Leaders stir the fire of passion in others by expressing enthusiasm for the compelling vision of their group. Leaders communicate passion through vivid language and and expressive style.”

Page 18 of The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Like previous editions, the 4th edition of The Leadership Challenge is chalk-full of inspirational language and practical tools to develop your leadership skills.  The two leadership experts share their the latest  research and examples in a 25-year search to define the characteristics that transform ordinary people into extraordinary leaders.

 The validity of their research has been tested across time and culture. It turns out that the factors that create a great leader are pretty universal, and thankfully, a learnable skill.

Their research-tested model (they have interviewed nearly 75,000 people over the years) continues to center on “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership”:

  1. Model the Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Challenge the Process
  4. Enable Others to Act
  5. Encourage the Heart

The Five Practices are comprised of the “Ten Commitments of Leadership”:

  1. Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming shared ideals.
  2. Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.
  3. Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities.
  4. Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
  5. Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative ways to improve.
  6. Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience.
  7. Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships.
  8. Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence.
  9. Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
  10. Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.

Kouzes and Posner take you on a journey along the path of leadership you will not soon forget. If you are a leader or want to become one, this book is an absolute must.

Peace…

Ray

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