5-Minute Morning Affirmations – Authenticity Affirmations Video

Hey, my friends! Happy Sunday night. I’m starting a new series of morning affirmation videos in my YouTube channel.

The concept is simple. Affirmations on a particular topic to get your day started right all in about five minutes.

The first video is on Authenticity. It’s so important, now more than ever, for us to be our authentic selves. These affirmations will help you by encouraging you to be more authentic in all your interactions.

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember you are awesome!

Ray

Download the MP3 Version of these affirmations.

Give Every Day a Chance

This morning I opened my eyes to horrible cold bordering on bronchitis. It wasn’t surprising. It had been building for several days.

I began saying my favorite health affirmation about a dozen times.

My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me right now!

There was a part of me that thought I should just stay in bed and relax today. Then my logical brain kicked in.

“You can’t take the day off. Today’s the train-the-trainer.”

Many of you know my day job is as an instructional designer for a major telecommunications company. I’ve been doing it for 20 years. My specialty is sales skills training. I’ve spent the past month working on a project I’m very passionate about.

Today was the day I was scheduled to hand off the content to a Brady Bunch screen full of trainers.

“I can’t be sick today.” I got up blew out and coughed up stuff unmentionable in a blog and took a shower.

The morning was spent in a series of meetings and doing my best to prep for for the big T3.

I keep my stock ticker up as I’m working and a pretty famous comeback stock I’ve been in for a while went up, up, up all day.

My wife went and got the mail and I joked, “I hope someone sent us a check.”

We got six. They were reimbursement checks from our pet insurance company and our annual rebate from Costco.

I started the T3 sure I’d do great, but not really sure how I’d pull it off feeling like I did. I kind of got in the zone for two hours and felt great after it. I’ve been doing these a long time and it was one of my best.

When I got off that call, I checked in on another high priority project that had been plaguing me for days. I found out one of my colleagues picked it up and finished it.

Finally, I’m sitting on the couch an hour after work. My cell rings and it’s my recently new boss. He proceeds to tell me how amazing I did today on the T3. He said it was one of the best he’d ever seen.

I hung up the phone and thought about the title of this blog. Give every day a chance. You never know. If I’d followed my first impulse this morning, I’d have been in bed missing it all.

Stay true! Stay you!

Ray


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The Present Literally Creates the Future

It’s a simple enough concept, but one we easily forget in the hustle bustle of our lives.

This moment, not any other, is busy creating the future. Just as previous moments created this one.

Your thoughts and my thoughts, your words and my words, your actions and my actions are busy creating the world we’re all about to live in.

If we considered that, we’d be more thoughtful about the vibrations we put out into the world. We’d understand the power to change the things that need changing lies within us – each of us and all of us – where it always has.

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

Ray

Old Dog, New Tricks

You’ve heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” What if you’re the old dog? As slip into the back end of my 50s, I’ll admit it. Despite my reasonably cheery outlook on life and youthful impulses, I sometimes feel like that old dog.

We live in a world moving faster, so far as we know, than any other period of human history. Whereas 20 years used to constitute old, today 20 hours often does. Technology is changing by the moment. We drink information through a firehose without the ability to critically analyze it. In short, there’s always a new trick for us old dogs.

How do we cope?

We must commit ourselves to becoming one with the change. We must commit ourselves to learning new lessons, drawing new conclusions, and releasing cherished paradigms that simply don’t work anymore. All things we old dogs are loathe to do.

I’m not suggesting you relinquish timeless principles. In fact, we need to add a few more of those back into the mix. There’s been some throwing the baby out with the bathwater there.

I am suggesting that you need to adjust to doing old things in new ways. You need to be willing test new ideas, seek new approaches, and always be growing and getting better.

It would nice, for us old dogs, to think that the world is going to slow down and go back to how it used to be when we were young, comfortable, and uniquely confident. The truth is, barring an asteroid, this is the new reality, old dog. If you want to stay in the game, you’ve got to be willing to learn new tricks.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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Thoughts Literally Create Our Lives and Our Headlines

The message of affirmations, raising your vibration, and shifting the world is not really complex. It’s ubiquitous as the baseline of spiritual teachings from around the world. That premise is now backed by decades of scientific confirmation. As Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things.”

1) Our feelings become our thoughts.
2) Our thoughts become our actions.
3) Our actions become our individual lives.
4) The same is true for everyone else around us.
5) Our collective feelings, thoughts, and actions become our daily headlines.

There’s a simple valve at the beginning of that process. Most humans, for whatever reason – nature, nurture, or both – have a rather negative default setting that forms the basis of their feelings. Unguarded, that negativity passes into their thoughts and actions and becomes the world we see around us.

Meditation, prayer, affirmations are all methods for learning to guard the the thoughts by raising their vibration to something productive rather than destructive.

We are constantly telling ourselves a story about our world and ourselves. That story generally creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Those thoughts:

I am/I am not
I can/I can’t
I’m amazing/I’m f’d up

are constantly flowing through our minds, into our actions, and out into the world. Because it’s unconscious and mainly reactionary, unless we consciously choose to change it, our world winds up being a summation of that thinking and those actions.

People are angry and empty and they don’t even know why.

All I’m saying is two simple things:

1) You’re in control of your thoughts and they go a long way toward creating your life.
2) The more people get that and apply it, the better world we’ll collectively create.

It’s not vapid, vague, or incomprehensible. It’s backed by tons of modern science and 5000 thousand years of spiritual teaching. Anyone can apply these principles by controlling that valve between raw emotion and productive thoughts and actions that move us forward.

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

Ray