Articulating Your Goals and Dreams – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 14, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

My dreams are the fuel that powers my life. Today I choose to follow them.


Can you articulate your goals and dreams? Are you making your goals and dreams concrete enough to bring them to fruition? Are you putting your intention for their realization out into the universe? This week we are going to look at some ways to bring your goals and dreams closer to reality.

Articulating Your Goals and Dreams

Words have such power. Most spiritual traditions around the world talk about God or the gods speaking the world into being.

From the beginning, words have been the source of creation. They are the first step in manifesting thoughts in our head out in the world. They are also the bridge between thoughts/ideas and actions.

It’s nearly impossible for your goals and dreams to become a reality, if you are unable to articulate them. The ability to clearly articulate your goals and dreams is the first step in clearly envisioning them.

You often hear successful people talk about their mission statements. These statements are nothing more than a formalized articulation of who they are as a person and an affirmation of their dreams and goals.

Articulating your goals or dreams need not be that formal. It can be as simple as a phrase that succinctly describes your goal. To begin, use some simple questions to get your thought process going.

“What is your dream?”
“What do you want to be doing in five years?”
“If you could be doing anything with your life what would it be?”

You’re not worried about “the how” at this point, only “the what”. “The how” takes care of itself once you clearly envision “the what”.

Here’s a simple 7-step process to begin articulating your dreams and goals.

  1. Ask yourself the preceding questions or similar questions you devise.
  2. Brainstorm answers by writing down everything that comes to your mind when you ask these questions. Listen carefully to really capture your true heart’s desires.
  3. When you’re happy with your list prioritize your answers.
  4. Select 1-3 key goals or dreams (that’s all most people can really focus on at any given time). These are the ones that really speak to you right now. Keep the rest for future use.
  5. Write a brief statement describing the goal or dream and your desire to achieve it. Add a timeframe to your statement. Spice it up with extra detail to motivate action.
  6. Memorize your statement.
  7. Articulate the statement regularly – out loud and to yourself. When someone asks you what you want to be doing answer with your statement. Use the statement as an affirmation for yourself. Share it with friends, relatives, and colleagues.

Following are a few examples to get you started:

Instead of saying:

“I want to be a published author.”

Say something like:

“In five years, I want to be sitting on a beach writing novels full time.”

Instead of saying:

“I want to be a football coach.”

Say something like:

“In five years, I want to be a successful college football coach at a divsion I school.”

Instead of saying:

“I want to a better mom.”

Say something like:

“In the next six months, I want to create more time with my kids and devise ways to be more engaged in their learning.”

The next post will discuss putting your intention for achieving your goal out into the universe.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Idol Gives Back – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday April 12, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgMy World Affirmations – our first “album” ($2 off introductory special)

My World Affirmations are 11 powerfully worded affirmations set to inspiring music. They are designed to bolster your confidence and commitment to developing the attributes for a better life. I personally listen to these affirmations nearly every morning. You cannot help but feel better about life and about the world when you are done.

For the first time, The Affirmation Spot is offering these affirmations as a single download – an “album” – at huge discount over individual downloads. Click to learn more and hear samples.

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.” (repeats 5 times)

“You believe wholeheartedly that you are part of the solution in your life and your world.” (repeats 5 times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


This week American Idol aired its second annual Idol Gives Back program. American Idol has successfully raised money that would make Jerry Lewis blush. Last year’s program raised about $76 million and this year’s, at last count, was over $60 million and still going.

The show featured a star-rich cast including Bono, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, and dozens of other celebrities.

The program has a duel focus in that it raises money for domestic American and international causes. This year’s show focused on six charities:

Idol Gives Back represents a hopeful trend in primetime network television. This trend is one of social responsibility and community consciousness. It mixes business with helping others. Along with shows like Oprah’s Big Give, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and even Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, American Idol Gives Back is leading the way towards making giving and helping others cool again.

It’s not too late. You can still contribute by going to the Idol Gives Back page at American Idol.com.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Thinking Inside the Box


Today’s Affirmation:
Million dollar ideas are as common as grass. My million dollar idea is coming to me today.


How inventive are you? Do you see a roadblock or an opportunity when you encounter a challenge? When your million dollar idea comes along will you recognize it or dismiss it as crazy?

Innovation is not always miraculous. Sometimes it’s simplicity. It’s born of necessity and an otherwise ordinary idea meeting in the right time and place.

We’re all constantly told to “think outside the box” when we need to be creative. Sometimes, though, innovation requires us to think inside the box.

My friend Gerry passed along an e-mail she received about a recent Japanese innovation – square watermelons!

Japanese grocers had a problem. Their stores are much smaller than American stores and so space is limited. Watermelons take up a lot of room and they don’t stack neatly in a tight space.

A natural response would be to say that watermelons are round and that’s just the way it is. However, Japanese farmers decided that if the grocers needed square watermelons they would come up with a way to do it. As it turns out, watermelons will grow in the shape of a square when they are planted in a square box.

Japanese consumers, who also have smaller refrigerators, loved the new watermelons. Farmers were able to sell the melons at premium prices. Everyone won.

At the bottom of the e-mail, its originator offered some outstanding analysis that benefits all of us when confronting a challenging issue.

  • Don’t Assume: The major problem was that most people had always seen round watermelons so they automatically assumed that square watermelons were impossible before even thinking about the question. Things that you have been doing a certain way your entire life have taken on the aura of the round watermelon and you likely don’t even take the time to consider if there is another way to do it. Breaking yourself from assuming this way can greatly improve your overall life as you are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things. This was one of the most difficult things for me to do because most of the assumptions I make, I don’t even realize that I’m making them. They seem perfectly logical on the surface, so I have to constantly make an effort to question them.
  • Question habits: The best way to tackle these assumptions is to question your habits. If you can make an effort to question the way you do things on a consistent basis, you will find that you can continually improve the way that you live your life. Forming habits when they have been well thought out is usually a positive thing, but most of us have adopted our habits from various people and places without even thinking about them. I have changed a large number of habits that I have had after taking the time to question them and continue to do so. Some of them I have know idea where they came from while others I can trace to certain people or instances in my life. It’s a never ending process, but by doing this, you can consistently strive toward making all aspects of your life more enjoyable instead of defaulting to what you have now.
  • Be creative: When faced with a problem, be creative in looking for a solution. This often requires thinking outside the box. Most people who viewed this question likely thought they were being asked how they could genetically alter water melons to grow square which would be a much more difficult process to accomplish. By looking at the question from an alternative perspective, however, the solution was quite simple. Being creative and looking at things in different ways in all portions of your life will help you find solutions to many problems where others can’t see them. I am not a creative person, but I’ve found that the more that you look at things from different perspectives, the more creative I have become. It’s a learned art and builds upon itself.
  • Look for a better way: The square watermelon question was simply seeking a better and more convenient way to do something. The stores had flagged a problem they were having and asked if a solution was possible. It’s impossible to find a better way if you are never asking the question in the first place. I try to ask if there is a better way of doing the things that I do and I constantly write down the things I wish I could do (but currently can’t) since these are usually hints about steps I need to change. Get into the habit of asking yourself, “Is there a better way I could be doing this?” and you will find there often is.
  • Impossibilities often aren’t: If you begin with the notion that something is impossible, then it obviously will be for you. If, on the other hand, you decide to see if something is possible or not, you will find out through trial and error.   Take away the lessons from the square watermelons and apply them to all areas in your life (work, finances, relationships, etc) and you will find that by consistently applying them, you will constantly be improving all aspects of your life.

The famed starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard once said, “Something is only impossible until it’s not.” Square watermelons are not impossible and neither, more than likely, is your challenge. You just need to look with a fresh pair of eyes. And whether in or out of the box, let your spirit of invention lead you to success.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

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.

10 Steps to World Peace

Peace ZeichenWorld peace. It’s such a big topic that most people chastise its conceivability. “How,” they ask, “can I possibly contribute to it and how can we possibly achieve it?”

There is an anonymous story of a man who came upon a meditating sage. The sage looked so peaceful and serene that the man had to know his secret. After a brief conversation, the man said to the sage, “I wish I had your faith so that I could live as you do.”

The old sage smiled and said, “Ah, if you lived as I live, you would have my faith.”

We’re all imperfect. We have good days and bad, but these 10 steps are guaranteed to lead to a more peaceful and just world. Here are ten very simple things you can do to contribute to world peace. The great thing is they are totally scaleable. They work in your individual life and, working together, they can change our world.

Ten Steps to World Peace

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Transform religion from a force for division to a force for personal growth and development.
  3. Find a viable replacement for the global war economy.
  4. Respect the rights of every individual.
  5. Respect the needs of the group.
  6. Develop you instead of worrying about everyone else’s flaws.
  7. Find peace within, it will shine without.
  8. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  9. Recognize we are really one tiny planet -we’re all in this together.
  10. Demand that leaders and would-be leaders talk beyond labels. Most arguments for war and hate fall apart without the labels.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

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!

The Kansas Jayhawks Wouldn’t Give Up – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday April 9, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgMy World Affirmations – our first “album” ($2 off introductory special)

My World Affirmations are 11 powerfully worded affirmations set to inspiring music. They are designed to bolster your confidence and commitment to developing the attributes for a better life. I personally listen to these affirmations nearly every morning. You cannot help but feel better about life and about the world when you are done.

For the first time, The Affirmation Spot is offering these affirmations as a single download – an “album” – at huge discount over individual downloads. Click to learn more and hear samples.


Mario Chalmers Rains a DreamWhat makes sports so compelling for so many people is that it mirrors the drama of life. Last night’s Mens’ NCAA National Baskeball Championship Game was just such a drama. With all the symmetry and irony of a greek tragedy, the Kansas Jayhawks captured their third national title.

The game – 20 years to the day of Kansas’ last national championship – featured two  well-respected coaches vying for their first national championship. Two men whose coaching careers started as assistants at Kansas under Larry Brown – the last coach to lead Kansas to the promise land.

The game featured an array of future NBA stars who no doubt will battle many more times over the coming years at the pro level. In the end, it would be decided by the team willing and able to face its own worst demons. For KU, who would take the big shot when it counted? For Memphis, would free throws finally be their undoing?

The game featured two teams trying to prove they belonged among the elite. The Jayhawks trying exorcise the ghosts of tournaments past and Memphis trying to earn the respect granted to BCS conference winners.

The game went back and forth for most of the evening. Memphis took an early 9-3 lead, but Kansas stormed back and held a five point lead at halftime 33-28.

The first 10 minutes of the second half see-sawed back and forth, but then Memphis freshman phenom Derek Rose took over. Rose poured in 11 points over a 2 minute span to help Memphis extend its lead to nine points.

The clock read 2:12 to play and the score read Memphis 61 Kansas 52. A lifetime memory was about to be created for one team and for all the world it looked like it would be Memphis. History was preparing to crown the Tigers national champions.

But over in the KU huddle, 15 people dressed in the road blue uniforms had not given up. Great moments are only possible when people refuse to give up. The Jayhawks were not giving up. They were not planning concession speeches. They were plotting a comeback.

Over the next 2:02 Kansas whittled away making several key shots and forcing Memphis to face its arch nemisis – the free throw line. Despite all its success this year, Memphis entered the NCAA tournament third to last in the country in free throw shooting. It had been talked about throughout the tournament as a possible Achilles heel, but the Tigers had overcome their weakness and made it a strength.

However, with the eyes of the nation now watching, the Tigers missed four of five free throws down the stretch and that opened the door for Jayhawk history.

Meanwhile, Kansas had an answer for its demon -who would take the big shot – and his name was Mario Chalmers. 

KU inbounded the ball with 10.8 seconds remaining and trailing 63-60. Guard Sherron Collins worked up the right side of the court and found teammate Mario Chalmers. Moving to his left beyond the three-point line, Chalmers turned, planted, and launched a 20-foot jump shot for the ages. The shot sailed through the basket with a sweet swish.

The game was tied and headed to overtime, but the game was over. The momentum of destiny was now comfortably perched on the Jayhawks’ shoulders as they completed the 75-68 victory with a dominating overtime period.

All very nice, you say, but it’s just a game. It’s a game, but it’s life too. We often find ourselves down nine with time running out. When we do we are faced with a choice. A choice to put ourselves on the line and try or simply concede that circumstances have beaten us.

Not every effort is rewarded with victory. Not every comeback is glorious or successful. Yet this is sure. Every great moment is created by someone’s refusal to give up.

 
Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

You never know which failure to give up contains the nugget of gold. You just have to keep trying to find out. For Mario Chalmers and the Kansas Jayhawks, the nugget of gold was a national championship.

 

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray  

 

 

Why Not? – Countering Negative Premises – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 7, 2008


A character in George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah stated, “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”

Robert F. Kennedy used a paraphrased version of the quote in his speeches. Kennedy said, “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Why not, indeed?

Why not is a very important question. It’s the question we should always ask ourselves when we believe something isn’t possible for us for our world.

The world has hundreds of negative premises on which it operates. They should and must be challenged by a good why not.

  • We cannot have leaders who truly listen and respond to the will of the people who entrust them with their power. Governments have always been that way. We cannot expect them to change. Why not?
  • We cannot be responsible stewards of the environment without massive government taxation and regulation to tell us how. Why not?
  • We cannot coexist and build communities with people we disagree with religiously, politically, or economically on this planet. Why not?
  • We cannot feed the people of this planet without worrying about who gets paid for it. Why not?
  • We cannot do everything possible to see that every human being has an opportunity to pursue his or her talents to their full extent. Why not?
  • We cannot have a successful economy that doesn’t involve war and conquest for ideology and resources. Humans have always done this. We can’t change it. Why not?
  • A company must always have a bigger share of its market pie. It cannot be satisfied with merely employing thousands of people, keeping its customers happy, and making a healthy profit. Why not?
  • We cannot have a debt-free money supply and a banking system that doesn’t practice usury. Why not?

Each and every one of these negative premises is to some extent damaging people in our world. They make it harder for people to live their lives and get the most possible out them. We need to be asking a BIG why not on these issues and many others.

Someone owes us an explanation as to why the positive opposites of these premises are not the path we need to be following. Some can be reversed through our own personal actions. Others will require the disentrenchment of the powerful interests that keep these premises afloat.

Let’s pull this back to the personal level. You have negative premises too. Negative premises that are holding you back from your goals. Fortunately, the only entrenched interest you have to overcome to address them is you. I know, not always as easy as it sounds.

You don’t have to go to all the trouble of listing your negative premises. You probably could not come up with all of them anyway. Simply become aware of them when they appear. They are going to sound like the following.

  • I can’t pass the math test.
  • I can’t go to college.
  • I can’t get a better paying job.
  • I can’t be the top salesperson.
  • I can’t be the best baseball player.
  • I can’t be world-class musician.
  • I can’t be a good mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather.

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.

Every time you hear an “I can’t” come into your mind, you are establishing a negative premise. Whenever you recognize your mind formulating a negative premise stop and challenge yourself. Demand to know why you cannot do whatever it is you want to do.

When you begin to put this into practice you will see that dreaming things that never were and asking why not is a powerful tool for success.

Be positive Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

I Know Something You Don’t Know – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday April 1, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgMy World Affirmations – our first “album” ($2 off introductory special) 

My World Affirmations are 11 powerfully worded affirmations set to inspiring music. They are designed to bolster your confidence and commitment to developing the attributes for a better life. I personally listen to these affirmations nearly every morning. You cannot help but feel better about life and about the world when you are done.

For the first time, The Affirmation Spot is offering these affirmations as a single download – an “album” – at huge discount over individual downloads. Click to learn more and hear samples.

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“My awareness is expanding beyond all boundaries I have ever set for myself. My resources are limitless, my abilities are limitless, my potential is limitless.” (repeats 3 times)

“Your awareness is expanding beyond all boundaries you have ever set for yourself. Your resources are limitless, your abilities are limitless, your potential is limitless.” (repeats 3 times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


childlaughing.jpgI know something you don’t know. Come closer. It’s the secret to unlocking your life. Don’t question it. Allow it and accept it. It’s the absolute truth and you need to hear it. You need to hear it and you need to deal with it. 

YOU ARE A MIRACLE.

Who you are transcends your body and the physical things around you. It transcends appearances, trends, and fads. It transcends anything you will do in your cube at work today.

YOU ARE A MIRACLE.

Who you are transcends your belief in it. It transcends self-judgments, societal judgments, and the gravity of conformity. It transcends anything you will do at home today.

YOU ARE A MIRACLE.

No matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, no matter how low life has taken you; it is still the truth. It’s the truth for you and the truth for every single person sharing this planet with you today.

WE ALL ARE MIRACLES.

Keep that in your heart and in your mind all day today. Every time life tries to disempower you say “I AM A MIRACLE.” Treat yourself and others as miracle. Soon the world around you will become a miracle too.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray