Daily Video Affirmation #4 – My World Prosperous Affirmation

Today’s affirmation focuses on choosing prosperity in your life. Have an awesome Monday!

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Affirmations, Marketing, and the Big Lie – Day 167 of 365 Days to a Better You

Why do you believe what you believe? For many people on this planet, they believe what they believe because it’s what they’ve been exposed to repetitively throughout their lives. Without an innate determination to question those beliefs, they will capture you.

Why do affirmations work? They are simply messages repeated to yourself over and over again. The more you hear them, see them, and say them, the more you believe them.

The Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels has one of the most famous quotes about repeating a message or propaganda. “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will come to believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.” He called it The Big Lie.

Now Goebbels and company used this principle for evil purposes. Yet, there’s no denying the truth of the statement. A message repeated over and over begins to gain acceptance in your consciousness.

He got one thing wrong though. The principle doesn’t just work for lies. It works for any message – positive, negative, or neutral – that is repeated often enough. The message seeds deeply in your consciousness and there for ready recall. Don’t believe it? See if you can finish these ad tagline sentences.

  • Like a good neighbor…
  • America runs on….
  • Bounty: The quicker…
  • M&M’s: Melts in your mouth…

The reason you, more than likely, easily finished those sentences is you’ve heard them over and over and they right there beneath your consciousness waiting to be triggered. That’s what effective marketing does. It delivers a concise, memorable, message over and over. That’s what affirmations can do you for you.

“Wait a minute, Ray!” you might say. “I may know that like a good neighbor, state farm is there, but that doesn’t mean I believe it.”

True enough, but the affirmations – your ad campaign to yourself – is presumedly messages you do want to believe and accept. So by repeating them over and over, you allow the power of repetition to seed your consciousness with words that inspire, push you, and bolster you.

Then, by using words, that evoke strong emotions you generate a powerful belief in the messages. After all, “I can’t” was just an ad campaign you or someone else ran against you. “I can” or “I am” or “I choose” can just as easily become your new ad campaign.

Repetition and belief are the duel engines of affirmations. Even someone as nefarious as Goebbels had one thing absolutely right. Say your affirmations often enough and you WILL come to believe them.

Stay inspired and thanks for reading today’s post. I hope your weekend is rejuvenating you and getting you ready for a great week ahead!

Two weeks from today, April, Mia, and I will arrive back in Kansas City to restart our lives there. We are gearing up for our second cross-country move in four years. Please keep sending us positive energy for that journey!

Ray

 

 

Don’t Let the Consensus Stop You – Day 166 of 365 Days to a Better You

Every great advance is met with skepticism and derision by the purveyors of the status quo. The word consensus is used a lot today in politics and science. It’s this idea that something is true because practically everybody agrees it’s true. Damn the evidence! Damn pieces of data that don’t fit.

If you have a BIG idea or even a really clever one, expect “the consensus” to tell you it never can be.

  • Before 1903, most people thought humans would never fly. There were literally people who came out to make fun of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.
  • Before 1609, most people in Europe thought the Sun orbited around the earth. So dangerous was Galileo’s new idea that the purveyors of the status quo put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life.

You could literally make a list as long as your arm of ground-breaking ideas that were dismissed or squelched by the consensus. When you really peel away most consensus thinking, it’s more a belief than it is an evidence-based, final assessment of how the world is.

If you’re inspired to change the world, change it. If you’ve got the next big idea, don’t let “them” tell you it’s impossible.

Maybe you won’t leave the mark the Wright Brothers or Galileo did (or maybe you will), but don’t give up on your BIG idea. Keep pushing. Keep seeking. The truth is every consensus, every status quo was once a radical idea that changed everything.

Thank you for reading this blog. I hope that this series is keeping you on track in 2019. If so, please pass it along to a friend.

Ray

Daily Video Affirmation #3 – Friday Finish the Week Strong Affirmation

Here’s your daily video affirmation for Friday June 14, 2019.

Learn, Learn, Learn Every Day – Day 165 of 365 Days to a Better You

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

~Zen Proverb

We live in a universe where information is not centralized, but dispersed among its occupants. As expert as you might be in one area of life, you can be complete novice in other areas.

One daily mission I have adhered to for many years is the determination to learn something new everyday. You may not master a thing in a day or ever, but you can certainly learn about it. ALWAYS be a ready student.

Other people are vast stores of knowledge on practically any topic. The Internet has made it easy for them to share their expertise in a way never before possible. 15 years ago you might have had to read a book, take a class, or hope some home improvement television show might teach you how to remodel your bathroom. Today there are thousands of videos by experts or fellow do-it-yourselfers just a click away.

However, simply having access to information on topics isn’t enough. Your curiosity is still the driver that determines whether you’re a daily learner or just passing through.

Strive each day to learn something. Use the technology, but don’t miss out on pining an expert live and gleaning from their knowledge. When you have the knowledge and the opportunity, willingly share what you know with others.

Access to the vast store of human information is quickly becoming a commodity. Don’t forget each day to tap into that bounty to better yourself, better your life, or better the world.

What can the results be when someone new takes other peoples’ information and put the pieces together? You might create a 100 percent accurate cancer test that cost just three cents. In short, miracles can happen.

You all inspire me! Keep it up!

Ray 

Focus on the Positive Energy – Day 164 of 365 Days to a Better You

The end of the day is a great time to reflect on the day. Focusing on the positive, successful, and happy things that happened not only ends your day strong, it gives you momentum for the next day.

Tonight I’d encourage you to sit quietly and reflect on your day. As you move through your day in your mind, pause and re-experience the best things that happened to you, for you, or because of you today.

Feel the positive energy of these events. Experience how good success and happiness feels and commit yourself to bringing more of that into your life. Ponder how you can build upon these positive events tomorrow and in the coming days.

Life will always be a mix of positive and negative events. In the final analysis, your experience, your personality, and your habits will be formed by which you allow to dominate your thoughts. By taking time at the end of each day to focus on your wins, you ensure that the positive is what thrives in your consciousness.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear what some of your wins were today below. You are all amazing. Never forget it!

Ray

Daily Video Affirmation: Epicenter of Peace Affirmation

Today’s affirmation focuses on you and I becoming the center for peace spreading through our lives and through our world today.