The Roller Coaster of Life and Death – Day 329 of 365 Days to a Better You

It feels like death is all around lately. We lost my father-in-law in December. We lost our beloved family dog a couple weeks ago. Today the whole world witnessed the loss of Kobe Bryant. In this same time period millions of people and animals have died.

The thought of death is a constant for the living. We try hard to put it out of our thoughts, but when it strikes close to us, we are reminded of the mortality that affects all living things.

I find that roller coasters are a good metaphor for life and death. I love a good roller coaster. As a kid, though, when I’d ride one that scare me a little, I’d have this thought as we left the station and began climbing the first hill.

“There’s no turning back now. Even if I decide I don’t want to do this, they’re not going to stop the ride and let me off. I’m on it for the duration. Whatever drops and spins and turns and flips are on this track, I’m going to experience them. I might as well buckle in and enjoy them to the fullest because in a few minutes, one way or another, the ride will be over.”

That’s life. It’s a ride we’re in and we can’t really get off. We’re here to ride it to the end, whatever that is for us. Sometimes it seems big and scary. Sometimes it lifts you out of your seat and throws you for a loop.

We can either hold on white-knuckled with our eyes forced shut or we can laugh our head off, feel the sensations, and enjoy every moment until the ride stops.

When, where, and how our ride stops may be in the stars and beyond our control. So, let’s put our arms in the air, belly laugh constantly, and ride our ride our way.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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Align with Your True Power – Day 328 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation:

Today and every day, life happens THROUGH me not TO me!

Are you aligned with your true power? Many people believe that life and the world happen TO them. This is a very common and a very disempowering belief. To believe that you are acted upon by forces absolutely beyond your control, leaves you with no recourse but submission. Over time, you feel frustrated and increasingly helpless. You come to believe in luck more than action as force that governs good fortune in life.

Today’s affirmation is message to you. Hear it loudly and clearly . Some of your minds will immediately begin looking for the reasons why it isn’t true. I would encourage you look for the reasons why it is profound truth. What’s at stake? Nothing less than your ability to direct your life and achieve your dreams. Pretty big stakes to leave to fate.

Ray

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Life-Work Balance – Day 323 of 365 Days to a Better You

Let’s start by acknowledging the bias of the popular phrase work-life balance. The conditioning clearly places the emphasis on work. We’ll begin by flipping these two into their proper perspective. Work is something you fit into your life. Life is not something you live around work.

Certainly, there are companies that have an authentic concern for their employees’ well-being. If you work for one, congratulations. Most companies today give lip-service to life-work balance. It’s kind of politically correct to say it. The main thrust, though, seems to be rejuvenating yourself so you can get back on the job and contribute to the bottom line.

The fact is, with our 24/7 devices, most 21st century employees only get the life-work balance they create for themselves.

This is not an attack on going after your career goals. It is a reminder that your career goals are a part of you. They are not you.

These affirmations help you to focus on maintaining your life-work balance. Use the ones that resonate with you.

  1. I give my job a solid 8. The rest belongs to me!
  2. I have a job, but I refuse to let my job have me!
  3. In the balance between life and work, I choose life!
  4. I work hard and I claim my just rewards for my hard work!
  5. Today and every day, I make time for career AND personal success!
  6. Today I make time for work and time for me!
  7. I am a high-achiever, but when I need downtime I recognize it and I take it!
  • You’re in the driver’s seat in your life. Don’t just go along for the ride!
  • Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

    Ray

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    Eliminate Limiting Self-Talk – Day 313 of 365 Days to a Better You

    They say you are what you eat and it’s true. Equally, true is you are what you think. What you think constantly – your Self-talk – is who you become. How many times a day are you thinking and even saying these limiting words and allowing them to take root in your consciousness? The first step is to notice them. The second is to eliminate or at least reduce them.

    1. I can’t…
    2. I’ll never…
    3. I’m too…
    4. I’m powerless to…
    5. I’m not as good as…
    6. I’m no good at…
    7. I’m a victim of…
    8. It’s just the way I am.
    9. I always (negative thought)…
    10. (Some outside force…often God or government) will do it for me.
    11. I’m not meant to be happy, successful, etc.

    You may may hear these in your head or you may have some of your own. Reverse your limiting thoughts and turn them into your affirmations. Use the affirmations until you have banished the limiting thoughts.

    Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

    Ray

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    Opportunity Affirmations

    Today’s Thought:

    “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.”
    ~Emily Dickinson

    focus on success magnifying glassIf there is one defining difference between positive thinkers and negative thinkers, successful people and unsuccessful people, happy people and unhappy people; it must be their responses to opportunity.

    Those on the negative of scale see few opportunities. It’s not enough for opportunity to knock on their door. They expect opportunity to break their door down and plead with them to pursue it. They go through life with arms crossed, doubting everything and everyone, and hanging a big “NO” sign on their foreheads. They can see only the risk and not the reward. And life obliges by constantly appearing risky and saying “NO” to them.

    Those on the successful side see opportunities everywhere and are always listening for the lightest knock of opportunity upon their doors. “Never knowing when the dawn will come,” as Dickinson says, these people position themselves to say “YES” to life because they know that is how life will say “YES” to them. They know that there is no reward without risk, but they are able to focus on the rewards. And life obliges by bringing both opportunity and reward their way.

    Which are you? When someone comes to you with an idea, do you try to see the vision or do you look for the nearest escape hatch? Do you dream and follow your dreams or consider them a meaningless waste of time? You see, life is watching and it is constantly manifesting precisely what you expect from it.

    Here are 13 opportunity affirmations written to help you commit to seizing opportunities and running with them. Dream on!

    1. Today is MY day! The winds of opportunity are blowing my way!
    2. Every day is blank and I am eager to fill it up with new possibilities!
    3. I see opportunities! I seize opportunities! I capitalize on opportunities!
    4. The more opportunities I listen to, the more opportunities I find!
    5. When I am ready to try, I am ready to fly!
    6. When I open the door for opportunity, I open the door for my dreams!
    7. When opportunity knocks, I am the first one to the door!
    8. As long as there is breath, there is opportunity!
    9. Opportunity is everywhere for me! My personal economy is booming!
    10. My missed opportunities are really my new opportunities!
    11. I say YES to life and life says YES to me!
    12. Defeat is my opportunity! Victory is my opportunity! Every circumstance is my opportunity!
    13. The Universe showers me with opportunities and today I make the most of them!

    Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

    Ray

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    Christmas Affirmations

    Thought for Today:

    “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
    ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

    christmas-2971961_1280In the hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of the year, may you stop, breathe deeply, and ingest the spirit of the season. This is a season when light fills hearts and we recall that there is meaning and purpose in our lives. We experience the importance of the interior journey and how it connects us to and transforms the world around us.

    We remember that giving, without expectation, is the doorway to receiving beyond expectation. Mostly, though, we remember that hope conquers every doubt, illuminates every shadow, and heals every wound, if you are willing to let it work through you.

    Today a few affirmations to help you see the Christmas season with new eyes and new hearts.

    1. Today I spread the light of Christmas everywhere I go!
    2. I allow the joy of this season to fill my heart and propel me into a prosperous new year!
    3. Christmas is MY day! I plan to enjoy all it has to offer!
    4. I love peace on Earth and goodwill toward men and I practice it all year long!
    5. This year I’m focused on what Christmas means to me rather than what it means to the world.
    6. This year I refuse to allow guilt to ruin my Christmas experience!
    7. When I make Christmas about sharing rather than getting, I always feel better.
    8. Breathing in, I feel the love of Christmas. Breathing out, I embody the love of Christmas.
    9. This year I am absolutely committed to restoring the true meaning of Christmas in my life!
    10. The energy of Christmas is game-changing when I allow it to spread throughout my life.
    11. Today I feel the joy of the season. Today I feel the peace of the season. Today I feel the love of the season.
    12. Today I am breathing in the light and love of the season and sharing it with everyone I meet!
    13. I love the holiday season because the long lines teach me patience.
    14. Christmas is my chance to activate the power of giving in my life.
    15. My mind is filled with hope. My heart is filled with joy. It’s Christmastime and anything is possible!
    16. Christmas is a new beginning and I am making the most of it!
    17. Breathing in, I experience the power of Christmas. Breathing out, I share the power of Christmas.
    18. Today the sights and sounds and smells of the season fill me with joy!

    Stay inspired!

    Stay inspired! Great things are on the way to you right now!

    Ray

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    15 Original Success Quotes and Affirmations – Day 304 of 365 Days to a Better You

    I firmly believe that success has no real dictionary definition. Success means what it means to you. For some it’s earning a high income. For others, it’s about having peace of mind. Health can be success. Raising great kids can be a success. Whatever you achieve that gives you the feeling of accomplishment spells success for you.

    As you know, I love coining original quotes. As a writer, I know words have the power to inspire and ignite the fuse of action that can lead to your every dream.

    Here are eight #Rayquotes about success.

      Success is the process of overcoming all your buts.
      A thousand setbacks can still spell success, when you refuse to quit.
      Success never comes knocking on your door. Success comes knocking on your heart.
      Let success flow from your heart, rather than to your head.
      Success becomes your future, when failure becomes your teacher.
      Success and failure are not outcomes. They are mindsets that become outcomes.
      To live in a fear of failure is to live in a fear of success. For every mountain of success is built on a heap of failures.
      Our message to the Universe is confused, when we desire success and yet despise the successful. Celebrate everyone’s success as you achieve yours.

    Here are a

    1. Today and every day, success is in my DNA!
    2. My world is what I make of it and I CHOOSE to make is a successful place to be!
    3. My successes are expanding and multiplying every day.
    4. Today I convert my glimmer of hope into a super nova of success!
    5. Today and every day, I make time for career AND personal success!
    6. My success grows as I go.
    7. I see success even in my setbacks.

    Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

    Ray

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