Maximum Impact Opportunities (MIOs) – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday October 9, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“I prepare so that I maximize my opportunities when they count.”

Good morning. We spent a beautiful day yesterday at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando. We attended some wonderful shows and saw some amazing things!

One of my favorite attractions was a virtual ride called Soarin’. It was an ingenius combination of motion technology and IMAX images that created an exceptionally realistic experience of hang-gliding over scenic parts of the United States. It was breath-taking.

The experience itself was only about eight minutes, but the line to get in was almost two hours. It occurred to me that our lives are very much like that. We spend so much time preparing for those big moments and so we want to make them count.

Think about a major league baseball player who dreamed from the time he was 10 of being at the plate in the bottom of the ninth of game seven of the World Series with the game on the line. He prepared his whole life for that moment and when it arrives it is such a brief blip built on a lifetime of work and preparation.

For most of us the stakes are not quite that dramatic, but we all have these relatively few key moments – maximum impact moments (MIOs) – or experiences on which our lives turn. We work for weeks, months, or years on something only to have come down to a few minutes.

Maybe you’re a salesperson who has been working for two years to get an opportunity to pitch to this big client, or football coach who always dreamed of coaching in the big game, or an actor looking for his or her big break.

Each situation comes down to a few minutes in front of that client, a single game, or that big audition.

The difference between people who succeed and those who do not is that they prepare themselves to take advantage of their MIOs. They do the long preparation and are prepared to harvest it when it comes.

I waited two hours for that eight minutes on Soarin’. I was determined to take every second of it in and maximize my experience.

We can do the same in life. During the long hard work towards our personal MIOs, we can stay motivated by remaining focused on that one shining moment that will be the result. Once we are in that moment, enjoy, experience, and achieve. That moment is yours. You earned it!

Make today peaceful, positive, and prosperous Tuesday.

Ray 

The Affirmation Spot

P.S. – Be watching for a large number of new affirmations coming to The Affirmation Spot in November in December. Sports, Learning, and Personal Empowerment will be the key categories with many new additions coming.

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Believe! – The Affirmation Spot for Monday October 8, 2007

shamu.jpgToday’s affirmation is one word:

“Believe!”

I am blogging this week from Orlando, Florida. My wife (April) has a business conference here at the end of this week and we decided to make a vacation of it. Living in Kansas, as we do, we jump on any chance to get near an ocean. The Pacific is our preference, but we’ll take any ocean.

Today we went to Sea World Orlando and first thing this morning we attended Killer Whale show. The show was entitled “Believe”

They built a show around video set to music about a boy who loves killer whales and dreams of working with them. There are scenes of him going to the beach and having an encounter with one while kaiaking, creating wood cuttings of the whales, and studying about them.

The theme was if you believe you can achieve or become anything. I was sitting there thinking, “That really is a truism.”

That’s not to say opportunity comes knocking on the door of those who don’t make the effort, or that you won’t have to work, or that there won’t be bumps along the way. It might require many years of work and sacrifice, but at the end of the day the only person on this planet who can limit you is you.

If you want something bad enough, you can have it. The world works on a common principle thought > words > action > results.

It’s not a 100%. Nothing is. But everything that has ever been accomplished, happened as the result of this formula.

Belief is the result of focused thoughts, followed by an articulation of goals, followed by committed action. The more you continue to think about your goals, speak about them, and act upon them; the stronger the belief becomes and the more likely you are going to achieve the desired result.

Belief is one part emotion, one part intellect, and one part commitment. Deny your tendency, if you have it, to ignore emotion or intellect. Both are needed to fully pursue your dreams.

This week you can begin by believing. You might be surprised how much you can change your world in one week just by believing!

Make today peaceful, positive, and prosperous Monday. Most of all believe!

Ray 

The Affirmation Spot

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Cut Yourself Some Slack – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 4, 2007

woman_relaxing_zoom.jpg Today’s affirmation is:

“I’m a high achiever, but when I need down time I recognize it and I take it!”

Hey, you’re a human being, not a robot. It’s a wonderful thing to be a super achiever and most days you are. Wisdom, however, dictates that you recognize when enough is enough.

You all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. It’s a long race and you need to find respite now and again, if you are to complete it successfully. It’s perfectly OK, and really necessary, to transition freely from tortoise to hare.

Your dreams are still there. They are not so fickle that they will spoil because you take one day to cool it! The key is to recognize you need it and take it without beating yourself up the whole time. That defeats the purpose.

You can be the hare again tomorrow, but on the days when you need to be the tortoise accept it. 

Check out the site and let me know what you think. I’ve been busy trying to get the mix of look and functionality.

Make today peaceful, positive, prosperous, and, if you need it, a restful day!

Ray 

The Affirmation Spot

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Roadblocks Are Shortcuts – The Affirmation Spot for Friday September 28, 2007

Today’s affirmation is:

“Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.”

Today’s affirmation is a testament to our ability, indeed, our necessity to turn life’s obstacles into opportunities. There is an old saying that life is what happens to us on the way to our dreams. We think we are so smart and we have it all figured out and yet life, inevitably, throws us for a loop.

We have a choice. We can sit and pout because things didn’t turn out as we’d scripted them. Or, we can push forward with renewed determination.

 Sometimes – as much as we hate to admit it – the universe’s wisdom is sounder than our own. The very thing that messed up our perfected plans can be the key that unlocks whole new possibilities.

However, we cannot find the key as long as we view the detour as a curse rather than as the blessing that it truly is.

May your day be filled with roadblocks ready to transform into shortcuts to your success and happiness.

Peace…

Ray

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