Daily Video Affirmations #5 – Making the Right Decisions

Sometimes life presents us with morally challenging dilemmas with no clearly right answer. One such challenge happens with end-of-life issues for us and for our pets. We’re being challenged right now with what to do with our 15-year-old lab, Mia. She has good days and she has horrible days. We’ve gone back and forth on what to do and it’s challenged, but also bolstered my own moral compass.

Today’s affirmation is about making hard choices – having the courage to do it and the confidence to trust you’re making the right decisions.

 

Stay courageous and stay true to you!

Ray

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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

 

 

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

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

25 Soldier Affirmations for Memorial Day

Today is the day we remember those who sacrificed self for country – for us. Millions still serve today. We can all hope and work for a world where might is measured by human attainment and not force of arms. For now, I think it behooves us to appreciate what these people do for us.

Here are 25 affirmations for soldiers. I originally created this list for a Twitter friend who requested them back in 2010.

  1. Today and every day, I do my duty with pride and honor!
  2. Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.
  3. My achievements are magnified when they benefit others. What I do for others I do for me.
  4. Today I am committed my mission and to the best outcome for everyone!
  5. I believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.
  6. If I must be a rock so that others can cross the stream, then that will be my life’s work!
  7. I am committed to giving selflessly of myself for the betterment of humanity and happiness of others. Today I do!
  8. Today I am ready, willing, and able to serve!
  9. Today and every day the distance between my loved ones and me is bridged by love.
  10. The distance is a plus in my relationship right now. It forces communication and communication builds trust between us.
  11. I refuse to be jaded by what I see today! There is hope for humanity and I am a part of it!
  12. God’s love flows through my entire being each and every moment all day long.
  13. Today and every day, I am one day closer to going home!
  14. Today I am digging deep, reaching high, and achieving great things!
  15. Even in adversity, I am strong. Even when my dreams must change, I dream anew. Today my dreams are strong and SO AM I!
  16. A challenge only becomes an obstacle when I bow to it!
  17. I struggle, but I grow. I fall, but I get up. Even amid adversity, I succeed and I prosper.
  18. Every setback has within it the seeds of a massive triumph.
  19. I play a key part each and every day in making my team the best it can be.
  20. We work together as a team. We win together as a team. The more we focus on the team the more success we achieve.
  21. Breath by breath I am releasing my anger. Breathing in I feel peace, breathing out I release anger. Peace in, anger out.
  22. Breath by breath, I am breathing in joy breathing out sadness. Joy in…sadness out. joy in…sadness out.
  23. I refuse to let my frustrations rule me! I take what I need from the experience and release my frustrations!
  24. Whatever anger rules anger destroys. I refuse to let it rule me!
  25. Day by day, love wins a resolute victory over fear in my life!

Four Affirmations to Help You Rock This Week

Five Affirmations to help you rock this week!

  1. When my opportunities come, I am ready!
  2. When adversity strikes, I am strong!
  3. Wherever the adventure takes me, I make the most of it!
  4. When it counts, I am at my best!

Definite Goal and Burning Desire – Day 7 of 365 Days to a Better You

You need a definite goal and a burning desire to achieve it.

Wow! Already a week into the new year. Can you believe it? Last week I had you create a To-Be list for 2019. The big question always seems to be, “How do I get started?”

In his 1938 mega-best-selling book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wrote:

There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.

What the heck is a definiteness of purpose and how do you get a burning desire to achieve it? Much has been written about this topic over the years. Let’s not complicate it. Go back and look at your To-Be List. What is your BIG goal for 2019? Is it so clearly stated (and so clear in your mind) that anyone reading your To-Be list could immediately recognize it?

Definite Goal

  1. If not, rewrite your BIG goal in clearer language that makes it definite. Write it concisely and clearly.
  2. Place the clearly written version of your BIG goal somewhere you can see it regularly during the day.

Burning Desire

The second part of Hill’s statement says you have to have a burning desire for it’s achievement. What does that look like?

  1. Passion and Commitment – this should be something that gets you out of bed early in the morning and sometimes keeps you up late because you’re so focused on it.
  2. Mental Energy – be thinking it about it all the time. The power and energy of your mind consistently focused on something is powerful!
  3. Physical Action – begin acting now on your goal, even if only small steps. Delay kills the momentum. Hill said you don’t need a perfect plan. Just a rough one. You can adjust as you go.
  4. Create a vision board – which simply captures in images – powerful to your mind – of the things you will have when you achieve your BIG goal. It helps you visualize what your life will look like when you have achieved your BIG goal! (My wife is going to read this and remind me I still need to create mine for 2019. I will work on it along with you and post it when it’s ready.
  5. Affirmations – our minds, especially today, are easily distracted and pulled off course. Our  belief and our passion can wax and wane from day-to-day. Affirmations keep you focused, believing, and constantly articulating your vision. This keeps the energy and the action high. (You will find everything you need to know about creating affirmations right here. You may also find some on the TAS site that match your goal and you can download them from there too.)

Stay inspired! 2019 is going to be the year you finally reach this goal or put a huge dent in it. Keep the momentum going. Get a definite purpose and a burning desire for it and you’ll be off and running.

Ray

Just a reminder, you may also find content that can help on my YouTube channel.