Affirmation of the Day – Wednesday September 5, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am creating prosperity for my family, my co-workers, my customers, and myself.”

As you go through your work day today, focus on the goals and dreams your job or your business is allowing you to pursue. Keep in mind that every task you complete is creating your prosperity and that of the people you care about and interact with.

Peace…

Ray

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The Affirmation Spot Officially Launches Today – Saturday September 1, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“My awareness is expanding beyond all boundaries I have ever set for myself. My resources is limitless. My abilities are limitless. My potential is limitless.”

We are proud to announce that The Affirmation Spot officially launches today. The site will be under ongoing development as we work to create the most comprehensive library of recorded positive thinking, visualization, and meditation products anywhere.

There are currently about 100 affirmations available on the site and more will be added nearly everyday. Affirmations can be located two ways. To browse categories, use the left-hand navigation menu. To search by keyword, use the keyword search at the top of the page.

We are very excited to offer recordings that can help people get the most from their lives. Surf on by today and take a look at the site.

Peace…

Ray

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The Affirmation Spot Affirmation of the Day – Friday August 31, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“I feel a new peace of mind. A new sense of serenity is coming over me each and every day. I am calm, I am centered, and I am focused.”

As we move into this holiday weekend and celebrate the unofficial end of summer in the United States, take a moment to recenter and refocus. This affirmation will help. Download it, put it on your mp3 player, and listen to it as you go about your day today.

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Peace…

Ray

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The Affirmation Spot Affirmation of the Day – Thursday August 30, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“I am a unique and worthy person. I require no more justification than that to be who I am.”

Being Who You Are

Everyone has an opinion on who you should be.  Your mother, your co-workers, your spouse, the church, the government, your friends; they all are constantly trying to mold you into their vision of who they think you should be. Obviously, there are times it is wise to listen to sound advice.

By and large, however, defining who you are is your right and your responsibility. Giving up that right to other people’s expectations is disempowering and leads to unhappiness.

 Starting today take back your right to be who you are. You are fully capable and fully prepared to create your own vision of you. It is your “divine right” as a human being to make those decisions for yourself.

The opinions will still come – fast and furious – but you’ll be too busy enjoying the real you to care.

Peace…

Ray

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The Affirmation Spot Affirmation of the Day – Wednesday August 29, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.”

Seeing the Opportunity in “Roadblocks”

When you hit a “roadblock” in your life…stop…wait. Often roadblocks are viewed as something negative. We don’t like our plans to be foiled and it can be pretty frustrating. However, if we can avoid the initial negative reaction, we may find that the “roadblock” is in fact a gateway to something better than we had planned.

Sometimes the things we initially view as “roadblocks” – because they interfere with our plans – are actually possibilities we had not even considered.

Today when something seems to be interfering with your plans try looking for the opportunity in it. You may find that “roadblocks” can transform into gold mines.

Peace…

Ray
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Is Positive Thinking a Learned Skill?

In the training world, there is constant discussion about what constitutes a learnable, trainable skill and what falls into the realm motivation or determination. For instance, I can train a sales manager with the knowledge and the skills that can make he or she  better at coaching sales representatives. However, I cannot train a sales manager to be motivated to use those skills.

Lately, I’ve given a good deal of thought into whether positive thinking is a learnable, trainable skill or whether it relies completely on the motivation of the individual. It’s fair to call any ability that can be enhanced with practice or additonal knowledge a learnable skill.

By this definition, positive thinking meets the criteria. There are teachable techniques that can help people see the world or themselves in a more positive light.  A couple that I have employed successfully over the years are thought stopping and tick-marking.

Thought stopping involves mentally or verbally saying, “stop” when a negative or unwanted thought comes to mind. Sometimes the process requires you to say, “stop” mutlitple times to discontinue the negative thinking. This process is most effective when you can replace the negative thought or visualization with one that is positive or healthy. This technique is effective for people battling depression, obsessive thoughts, or addiction. However, anyone can use it in their daily lives. The fact that you are not dealing with a serious mental condition makes it that much more effective.

 Tick-marking is another way to stop negative thoughts and embark on a positive thinking program. When we are afflicted with negative thinking we often don’t realize how many times during the day we are thinking negative thoughts to ourselves (negative self-talk). For some, there is a constant stream of negative thoughts, self judgements, and critiques of everyone and everything around them. Because we are what we think about all day long, unchecked these thoughts spill out into their lives – their view of the world, their self-esteem, and their interactions with others.

Tick-marking is a technique where you have a little note pad with you all day long. Everytime you think a negative thought you make a tick mark on the note pad. Some people find it effective to categorize the negative thoughts. This is an awareness tool. Once they become aware of how many negative thoughts go through their minds in a day, many people become motivated to do something about it. Until there is awareness there cannot be action.

So, I come down on the side of those who believe positive thinking is a learned skill. That said, it is very much a commitment too. Developing a positive outlook on life has many of the same characteristics as a diet or an exercise program.

First, you have to be motivated to change. Until you see negative or demotivated thinking as a problem in your life, you are not going to commit to change.

Second, you have to stay on the program. If you begin an exercise program, you will reap the benefits of it only as long as you continue exercising. If you stop, your muscles will atrophy and your fitness level will drop to previous levels.

Replacing negative thinking with a positive outlook works in much the same way. It requires an ongoing commitment and you will see the benefits only for as long as you work at it. If you don’t provide constant positive fuel and apply techniques that work for you, the negative thoughts can return. Face it, we live in society where there is a lot of negativity and fear perpetuated for a number of reasons. If you don’t take charge of your own thinking, it is easy to fall into the societal malaise.

Third, you have to keep the end in mind. When someone goes on a diet they are going to be successful as long as they continue to visualize their life at the goal weight. What happens along the way, often, is the demons of the present take control and steer the person off course. The dieter falls back into old habits and the diet fails. A positive thinking program has the same pitfall.

Especially when you are using positive thinking to improve a certain area of your life, it is critical to keep the end result in mind. Your old negative thought patterns are going to rise up and try to get you off course. In fact, the closer you get to your goal, the more intense they may become. The only way through this gauntlet is to keep moving step by step in your new, positive direction.

Finally, you have to believe. You have to believe that change is possible. You have to believe that by using affirmations or other positive thinking approaches you can change your life and your mind. Without the belief, the commitment to reach your goal is not going to be there.

You can teach yourself to be more positive or to change your mind about certain aspects of your life. Once you know how all that is left is to do it!

Accepting the Rainy Days – Wednesday August 22, 2007

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It is a beautiful day, a day of hope for the future; a day of limitless beginnings. For your life is like a garden, you must plant it and tend it before the harvest comes. You must nurture the garden of your life as you go; weeding it of old destructive patterns of thought and action. Making sure it receives the love and care necessary for its growth and ultimately its blossoming.

As with any garden, there must come times of sunshine and times of rain. Both must be if the garden is to succeed and flourish. Conventional wisdom claims that joy is easier to find in the proverbial sunshine than in the proverbial rain.

I have found, however, that when I accept the necessity of the rain, stand in it willingly, and understand its nature and purpose; it can be even sweeter than the sunshine.

The sunshine is the provider of life, doing its work over long hours, days, and weeks. Without it, there is no life. The rain, by contrast, is an occasional visitor. It appears in short increments, but is the source of rapid growth. It brings newness to all it touches. 

So keep in mind that if today brings a little rain into your life, it’s OK. The sun will return soon enough. It is right behind the clouds. For today, stand strong, give yourself to the rain, and grow grow grow!

Ray
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