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

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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  

 

 

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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

KU Affirmations Defeat Cinderella Davidson – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 31, 2008

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Today’s featured affirmation is:

“Life is good. Things are going my way. The people around me are noticing a difference in me and I am noticing a difference in myself.” (repeats 3 times)

“Life is good. Things are going your way. The people around you are noticing a difference in you and you are noticing a difference in yourself.” (repeats 3 times)

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Jayhawks UnstoppableThe power of affirmation turned out to be slightly stronger than the magic of Cinderella Sunday afternoon in Detroit. The Kansas Jayhawks defeated 2008’s Cinderella Davidson 59-57.

As reported in the Kansas City Star, KU coach Bill Self has been delivering a powerful affirmation to his team: “You are unstoppable!”

In an outstanding article titled For KU’s Bill Self, This Moment is Everything, Kansas City Star writer Joe Posnanski wrote:

“To understand how much today’s NCAA Tournament game means to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, you first have to understand this: Every single day, in one way or another, he tells his players that they are unstoppable.

Every day. Sometimes he yells it during practice. Sometimes he tells them in the locker room before the game. Sometimes he announces it on a bus ride. Sometimes he just pulls a player aside, wraps an arm around the player’s shoulder, whispers it in his ear. Always, though, the message remains.

You cannot be stopped. You cannot be blocked out. You cannot be screened. You are too strong. You are too tough. You are too fast. You have come too far. You have worked too hard. You have sacrificed too much.

You are unstoppable!”

In a year when the NCAA tournament’s big shots wound up on top of the heap, this tournament was not without its incarnation of Cinderella. Tiny Davidson College came into Sunday’s game against the Kansas Jayhawks with 25 straight victories and consecutive victories over “major conference” champions Georgetown and Wisconsin.

For most of the game Sunday, it looked as if Cinderella might punch her ticket to next week’s Final Four in San Antonio. A host sharp shooters led by tournament phenom Stephen Curry and a tenacious defense kept the top-seeded Jayhawks baffled and off balance all afternoon.

Kansas was sparked by senior Sasha Kaun who scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. At times, Kaun seemed to be the one Jayhawk really willing to mix it up with the scrappy Davidson team. 

In the end, the Jayhawk nation was forced to hold its collective breath while Davidson’s Jason Richards launched a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. The shot was wide left and KU survived its toughest challenge of the tournament. 

Kansas became the fourth and final #1 seed to advance to next weekend’s Final Four – a first since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979. #1 seeds UCLA, North Carolina, and Memphis all comfortably advanced to college basketball’s biggest weekend. That set the scene for perhaps the most history-rich Final Four ever assembled.

Kansas coach Bill Self, who had led Kansas, Illinois, and Tulsa to a combined five Elite Eight appearances without a Final Four appearance, finally cleared that hurdle Sunday and reached the Final Four.

At least for another week, Self and his team are, indeed, unstoppable!

You’re unstoppable too! It doesn’t mean you always win or that you are perfect, but you have within you a tremendous power to aspire to and be more than you are. As Bill Self says, “You have worked too hard. You have sacrificed too much. YOU are unstoppable!”

Be positive Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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The Power of Struggle in Our Lives – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday March 29, 2008

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Take your positive thoughts with you wherever you go. During the month of March Download any two mp3 affirmations from The Affirmation Spot.com and get a third mp3 affirmation free.There are no limits! Simply type the word “blog” into the coupon field at checkout. Thanks for getting your audio affirmations at The Affirmation Spot! Click here to view, hear excerpts, or download affirmations.Today’s featured affirmation is:

“It is not the mountain I conquer, but myself. I am reaching for the top of the mountain and my day in the sun is here.” (repeats 4 times)

“It is not the mountain you conquer, but yourself. You are reaching for the top of the mountain and your day in the sun is here.” (repeats 4 times)

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A brief article in this week’s People Magazine reveals that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling once went through a bout of severe depression. The article, based on an interview by University of Edinburgh senior Adeel Amini, quotes Rowling as saying, “We’re talking suicidal thoughts here – not I’m a little miserable.” Obviously, Rowling was able to move through that difficult patch of life and move on to great things.

I live in Kansas. Our state motto is Ad Astra per Aspera – translated “to the stars with difficulty.” That really is the story of being human.  Struggle is a fact of life. Most successful people had to “overcome their demons” to succeed in life. It has certainly been the case in my own life.

I’m not saying that we should readily invite struggle and difficulty into our lives. Only that when we experience it we should remember that it presents an opportunity for growth, change, and self-improvement. The reason, I believe, struggle often is a precursor to success is that struggle is a point of decision.

We either give up and give in or we push forward. In the pushing, we often open new doors and new possibilities that would not have appeared in our complacency.

Struggle is a powerful catalyst that can transform us. It may be painful and our human nature is to avoid it or push it away. However, if we can find the strength to face it and seek its new opportunity, we may just wind up on our way to the next best thing.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Affirmations: Passive Listening – The Affirmation Spot for Friday March 28, 2008

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“Learning helps me achieve my goals in life.” (repeats 6 times)
“Learning helps you achieve your goals in life.” (repeats 6 times)
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multi.jpgLet’s face it. You live in a multi-tasking rich world. You juggle multiple projects at work or school. You have to get the kids to soccer practice and dance practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Tae Kwon Do on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Or is it the other way around? You care for your aging parents. You take the dog for a walk. You try to be a part of your community.

Somewhere in the middle of all of that you try to find time to better yourself and understand the meaning of this crazy world.

I understand. I live that life too. That is why I started The Affirmation Spot. I’ve written, recorded, and used audio affirmations for more than 15 years.  The reason I preferred audio affirmations over saying them or reading them is because I could listen to them wherever and whenever I wanted. With the advent of digital media that is more true than ever.

Over the years, I’ve found that passive listening is very effective. You’ve had the experience of hearing a song or a commercial many  times – without paying conscious attention – and suddenly one day you’re singing the song or saying the words to the commercial. That’s the result of passive listening. You have unconsciously learned it through repetition. That’s why advertisers run the same commercial on a radio station 20 times a day. That’s why they play Top 40 songs over and over. It’s to unconsciously put them into your head. Passive listening is powerful!

You can use your affirmations the same way. Put your headphones on and listen while you work or play them in the car on the way to Tae Kwon Do. You don’t have to really be listening to get the benefit. Your mind is absorbing them. Sometimes it’s even better than conscious listening because you’re not really questioning as much.

Pretty soon you’ll find yourself saying the positive words to an affirmation when a negative situation arises because, like the song, you have unconsciously absorbed it. Unlike the song, though, it brings real benefit to your life.

Be positive Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

Identifying Your Negative Thoughts – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday March 27, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

I create my own life everyday and I work hard to create a life full of growth and expansion.


panic.jpg Are you consciously aware of the negative thoughts that are impacting your performance or your happiness in life? Knowing what those thoughts are is the first step in dealing with them.

One of the key benefits of affirmations is their ability to replace negative or destructive thoughts with positive and productive thoughts. This process is referred to as “thought replacement” or by psychology professionals as “cognitive restructuring.”

The process is simple. Let’s say you are a baseball player. You have this thought stuck in your mind, “I can’t hit curve balls.” Well, guess what? When you have a thought like that firmly planted in your mind you are going to struggle to hit curve balls. This is a perfect example of how our thinking can get in the way of our performance.

Affirmations are a very powerful thought replacement tool because you can – through repetition of a countering positive thought – replace the thought, “I can’t hit curve balls,” with a thought like, “I am a great curve ball hitter.”

Notice that the skill to hit curve balls is present, but the belief by the player that he or she can is limiting performance.  In a case where actual skill is the issue, an affirmation such as, “I get better at hitting curve balls each and every day,” is more effective.

When the negative thoughts or negative thinking process is obvious it’s easy to figure out what kinds of affirmations you need to counter them. Sometimes, however, the negative thinking is a bit more cloudy. You know it’s there and that it’s impacting some aspect of your life, but are not consciously aware of the problematic thoughts.

There are several effective techniques for uncovering your negative thoughts and getting them out in the open so you can deal with them.

Here are a three techniques you can use to expose your negative thoughts so that you can deal with them.

  1. Journaling – journaling is an effective way to get feelings out of your mind and into the real world for analysis. You may think your internal thinking is catching your true thoughts and feelings, but journaling can really surprise you.
  2. Recording – while journaling is a conscious effort to write down thoughts and feelings at an assigned time, recording is making note of the negative thoughts that occur to you as you go through your day. Try stopping and writing down every negative thought that comes into your mind for a day. You will be shocked at how many there are. Don’t beat yourself up over it. We all have negative thoughts. It’s not having negative thoughts that is the problem. It’s how we deal with them.
  3. Affirmation Therapy – this is one I’ve used to great effect. I’ve never seen it mentioned in any professional literature. If there is an area of your life that you know is causing you trouble, start using some affirmations targeted to that area of your life and wait. A natural process that occurs when you use affirmations is that the negative thoughts (conscious or unconscious) rise to challenge the positive thought for their supremacy. This causes the negative thought to come out into the open.
  4. Meditation – meditation or a quiet time with eyes closed is another effective way to identify negative thoughts. Just sit and “thought watch”. You will experience a whole range of thoughts from euphoric to depressing (the mind is an active thing). Write down the negative thoughts you observe and want to deal with.

Be peaceful Be prosperous Be positive!

Ray

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