Remember to Reward Yourself – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday April 30, 2008

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Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I know what achieving my goal feels like. I know what it smells like and tastes like. I know what achieving my goal looks like and sounds like. I envision my life with my goal attained.” (repeats 4 times)

“You know what achieving your goal feels like. You know what it smells like and tastes like. You know what achieving your goal sounds like and looks like. You envision your life with your goal attained.” (repeats 4 times)

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April caught this rainbow framing the Honolulu skyline before our cruise sailed.There is one thing that is so often overlooked by people pursuing business, spiritual, or personal goals. You have to remember to reward yourself once in a while.

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit and forget to enjoy the fruits. Our big reward this year was our trip to Hawaii. We spoiled ourselves a little by going two years in a row, but we’re worth it and so are you!

Your reward is whatever rejuvenates, refreshes, or reinspires you to get back on the path or back in the fight. Take the time to figure out what those things are and use them as the carrots that spur you along as you pursue your objectives, goals, and dreams.

If I gave you 60 seconds right now, could you name five things that do that for you or your family? You need to know these things and keep them in front of you to help you through the tough spots that inevitably come into our lives.

Reward yourself! You’re worth it. Your family is worth it. 

April and me are starting a vision board. It’s a term that describes the latest incarnation of the old goals board. You place pictures, items, and words on a board that keep you focused on your goals and their rewards. They need not be things. They can be experiences. They can be changes you want to see in the world. Whatever inspires YOU!

Trendy, yes I know, but it’s a very effective way to help you visualize where you are going, what keeps fuel in your tank, and why you are doing that 16-hour day today.

Hawaii Part I

OK. I promised some play-by-play of Hawaii and some pictures. Today is part one. I will work the rest of the story into upcoming posts.

April 18 and April 19

We arrived in Honolulu on Friday April 18 and checked in to the beautiful Pacific Beach Hotel on Waikiki. April snapped this gorgeous photo of the sun setting with sailboats in the foreground.

The sand was white and soft and the sunset was memorable. We enjoyed a small taste of the Waikiki night life taking in some hula dancers and a local band at the outdoor hotel coffee shop.

Saturday we enjoyed some shopping and sightseeing near the beach before boarding Norwegian Cruise Line America’s Pride of America. The ship sailed at 8 p.m. leaving the lights of Honolulu behind and setting course for Hilo.

April 20

Sunday morning we arrived in Hilo and managed to catch the site of one of the few lingering humpback whales that had not left yet for Alaska. We had a date with the world’s most active volcano Mt. Kiluwea. Our maiden excursion on this cruise was an eight-mile bike ride around the rim of the volcano.

The weather was chilly and rainy and felt more like Seattle than Hawaii. However, the volcano did not disappoint. The photo shows April and me decked out for our rainy bike ride with the volcano’s main vent spewing in the background.

That evening the ship backed up along the Hilo coast allowing us to see the volcano at night.

While not as impressive as last year, Kiluwea was hard at work creating the newest land on Earth. April got this photo of two lava streams flowing into the ocean and the smoke being generated as 2000 degrees meets the cool waters of the Pacific.

That night we enjoyed a beautiful night at sea with a near full moon lighting the way. We slept with sliding glass door to the balcony open and drifted off to sleep to the gentle rocking and hypnotic sound of the placid Pacific.

 

…to be continued

Rewards, my friends, whatever yours might be are so important. Keep them in front of you. Don’t feel guilty for experiencing them. They are the sweet nectar gleaned from your hard work, your patient striving, and your hard-won success.

Stay peaceful stay positive stay prosperous!

Ray

 

 

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

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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)

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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.

Peace and the Global War Cult – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday March 25, 2008

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“My thoughts, my words, my actions really do create my world. That is why I think great thoughts, I say great words, and I take great actions.” (repeats 4 times)
“Your thoughts, your words, and your actions really do create your world. That is you think great thoughts, you say great words, and you take great actions.” (repeats four times)

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Edwin Starr asked the question in his famous song. “War! Good God y’all, what is it good for?” Well, the answer is clear and has been for millenia. War is very good for board rooms and bottom lines. It is very good for politicians and self-proclaimed religious leaders wanting to make names for themselves. Afterall, who remembers the peace makers in history? It is conquerers and barbarians who go down as the great figures.

War is very good for uniting populaces and disconnecting their critical thinking skills. It is wonderful for obscuring agendas and pursuing policies a sober, empowered, and knowledgeable citizenry would never allow.

Viewed from the perspective of the global war cult, war is a very good thing and the only solution to problems in the world.

And so, war is presented to ordinary people on this planet wrapped only in the finest patriotic, religious, and safety-conscious garb as the only alternative to destruction of “our way of life”. You might call this the universal mantra of the war cult. “We must kill them before they kill us.” Like a bad joke we don’t get over and over and over again, we fall for its self-serving rhetoric time and again.

All the while, there is an alternative solution to the world’s problems. One that does not rain death and destruction on unsuspecting innocents. One that does not need to be wrapped in patriotism or religiosity like to make it pallatable.

That alernative is peace. Peace needs no emotional wrappings because it possesses its own instrinsic value. It is a virtue unto itself. Peace is the overlooked, underprivileged solution to the world’s problems.

Not surprisingly, the global war cult that benefits from killing people, breaking things, and stealing resources from others (as well as their millions of adherents who derive some sense of pride and self-esteem from being part of it) roundly mocks peace as unrealistic. They deride those who advocate peace as traitors and call their ideas sophistry.

The global war cult – whether it be powerful governments with massive military machines like China or the U.S. or ad-hoc wannabes like Osama bin Laden – have one very key characteristic in common. They have no capacity for “live and let live”. It’s not OK for those people over there to believe something different from them. It’s not OK for those people to have a resource they want and have the power to take from them. It’s not Ok for people to rule themselves in a land they greedily claimed by an agressor government or entity.

“Live and let live? Never,” says the war cult. “I will kill, I will take, and all the while claim God and justice are on my side. I will deny that peace is ever possible with ‘those people’. Afterall, ‘you can’t reason with them'”.

War and its mindset are a disease. The disease afflicts two-bit dictators and democratically elected leaders in $500 suits. It appeals to the masses when they are expertly convinced that “those people” are to blame for some ill in the world.

Peace is far less glamorous, far less profitable, far less interesting to cover on the nightly news. Yet the principles it embodies – live and let live, love thy neigbor as thyself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you – are the true measures spiritual development. They are the true test of enlightened leadership. They are the true hope for a humanity burdened and battered by the death and destruction wrought by the global war cult.

The time for peace is now. The global war cult has had 7,000 years of recorded human history to demonstrate the efficacy of its solution and it has utterly failed. The peaceful majority needs to stop being silent. It needs to stop revering these people as religious leaders and electing them to high office. We need to reach a point where the global war cult are the crazy men roaming the streets calling for death and destruction and NO ONE LISTENS.

That world is right there for us. We simply need to put our brains in gear and our fears in idle long enough to remove the spell cast upon humanity by the global war cult.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Your Purpose – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday March 18, 2008

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Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I am working consciously toward a greater opening of my heart and my mind.” (repeats 5 times)
“You are working consciously toward a greater opening of your heart and your mind.” (repeats 5 times)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Just a reminder that you are a brilliant and capable person. Your gifts and your destiny are your own. Not one other person in the world has the mission you are here to complete. It is unique to you.

A powerful engine can be silenced by one tiny valve not performing its function. Though your role may seem tiny and inconsequential in the big scheme of things, the perfection of the entire universe awaits your contribution.

No writer, philosopher, or poet can whisper that purpose into your ear. No love, friend, or colleague can, by persuasion, convince you to pursue it. No politician, employer, or religious leader can empower you to achieve it.

Only you can listen to the voice. Only you can persuade you. Only you can empower you.

The only dilemma is will you or won’t you?

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

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