Attitude of Gratitude – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday May 26, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“I have an absolute attitude of gratitude for everything and everyone in my life.” (click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Few things allow us to experience greater happiness than feeling gratitude for what we have. Many of us are pursuing big dreams and that is awesome. This video reminds to appreciate what we along the way.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

The Power of Attitude – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday January 27, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“My life is full of wonderful experiences and wonderful people.”
(Click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Today I am sharing a quote about attitude attributed to Charles R. Swindoll. I really cannot add much to it. So, I won’t. May it positively charge your day.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.

It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past. We cannot change that people act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10 % what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with all of us.

WE ARE IN CHARGE OF OUR ATTITUDES.”

Stay inspired!

Ray
TheAffirmationSpot.com

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be.”

Give Me a Lever – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday January 6, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“Aging gracefully…I love being in my forties and I’m making the most of them.”
(click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Archimedes of Syracuse - Greek Mathematician
Archimedes of Syracuse - Greek Mathematician

We are now six days into 2009. Are you still absolutely committed to being the person you came here to be this year? Keep the momentum going.

Hey, you’re a human being. There are going to be ups and downs. If you can achieve more ups than downs this year, you will be closer to your goals and dreams at the end of this year. Stay with it!

The Greek mathematician Archimedes is famous for saying:

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

Archimedes, of course, was talking about the power of a lever to move physical things. He was making the point that the physical laws governing the use of a lever are not limited to small things. They work when applied to large things as well.

There is a lot of metaphor – whether intended or not – in Archimedes’ statement. The world seems like a big place sometimes and slow to change. When you set out to make a difference or have an impact in the world it can be daunting. You may question whether or not you can succeed.

If you are pushing hard and nothing is happening, it doesn’t mean you have a bad idea or concept. You may not have constructed a large enough “lever”.

Archimedes’ lever is simply a tool he would employ to accomplish his goal of moving the world. Your tools are your talents, training, commitment, belief, and determination.

If you are struggling to achieve a goal, ask yourself whether your “lever” is long enough? Are your skills, talents, and commitment up to achieving the desired goal? Do you need to enhance one area and then try again?

Archimedes understood he could not move the world with a lever that was too small. That’s why he qualified it by saying “long enough”.

You can achieve absolutely anything you can conceive. Maybe it’s not that your dream is too big, but that your lever is too short.  Bring a long enough lever and you will get the job done.

2009 is your year of empowerment!

Ray
TheAffirmationSpot.com

Wayne Dyer: Change The Way You Look at Things

Today’s thought:
“When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.”

~Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer was a world famous motivation expert. His writings and teachings have played a huge role in the turnaround I experienced in my life. He sold millions of books and continues to sell out venues around The United States.

Wayne had a unique way of taking deep spiritual and psychological principles and making them simple and easy to apply to our lives.

The following clip was taken from one of his numerous appearances on PBS over the years. He is discussing how we look for solutions to our internal situations in the outside world.

Runtime: 3 minutes 36 seconds

Here are more than 30 motivational quotes from Wayne.

Wayne’s Website

Stay inspired!

Ray

For great motivational content, visit the TAS YouTube channel.

Focus on What You Can Do

Today’s thought is:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~ John Wooden


I often encounter people who look at the world in horror and say, in desperation, “I want a different world, but what can one person do?” Similarly, there are people who feel powerless to change their own lives for the better. They allow what they cannot do to stop them from doing what they could do.

The problems that face us individually and collectivley can be overwhelming at times. Their enormity depresses some, makes others apathetic, and still others angry.

The amazing thing is that these same conditions inspire others to strive for something better, more complete, more empowering. The key is to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 John Wooden’s accomplishments, while not world-changing, are staggering in sports terms. He led the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years between 1964 and 1975. In that span his teams, went undefeated four times. Only one team in men’s college basketball has completed an undefeated in the 33 years since.

As a revered coach, Wooden’s words have become legendary. Today he is 97 years old. Someone who has achieved that level of success in any field and that scale of longevity bears listening to.

Coach Wooden tells us not to let what we cannot do interfere with what we can.

  • Maybe you can’t end world hunger today, but you can donate time or money to those helping to feed the hungry.
  • Maybe you can’t create a more just political system overnight, but you can collaborate with others and take steps that will get us there one day.
  • Maybe you can’t attain your financial goals today, but you can begin making the changes and taking the chances that will lead you to that goal one day.
  • Maybe your life is too filled with stress and pain to achieve complete happiness today, but you can at least beging releasing the stress and the pain so that one day you can know that happiness.
  • Maybe your dream of being a world-class dancer has to wait another year, but you can still work on perfecting the dance in preparation for that day.
  • Maybe world peace is not in the cards for humanity today, but you can create a more peaceful world through every encounter you have today.
“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took me twenty years.”
~ Monty Hall

The fact is that you may not reach the mountain top today. That does not mean you stop climbing. For these days when you worried, stressed, and strove over your goal, will be “the stuff” the dream is made of when you do achieve it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is founder of The Affirmation Spot, a website offering downloadable mp3 motivation tools.

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Be A Winner

Developing a winning attitude offers benefits far greater than the immediate win or loss. A winning attitude creates perspective that leads an expectation of success and satisfaction that transcends an outcome. In fact, the winner sees in every loss the seeds of a new win.

The following “poem” effectively distinguishes between the two mindsets. It is variously titled “Be a Winner” and “Winners Versus Losers” around the Internet. I have not been able to track down the author’s name.

handshake2.jpg“Be A Winner”

The Winner is always part of the answer
The Loser is always part of the problem

The Winner always has a program
The Loser always has an excuse

The Winner says “Let me do it for you”
The Loser says “That’s not my job”

The Winner sees an answer for every problem
The Loser sees a problem for every answer

The Winner sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser sees two or three sand traps near every green

The Winner says “It may be difficult but it’s possible”
The Loser says “It may be possible but it’s too difficult”

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

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

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Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. KU! – The Affirmation Spot for Friday January 4, 2008

Today’s affirmation is:

“My ability to believe is the only limit on my success.”

mangino_orange_bowl.jpgIn one of the great rags to riches sports stories of the year, the Kansas Jayhawk football team completed a storybook 12-1 season last night with a 24-21 “upset” over perennial power Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

 The story is truly inspirational. It about a group of under-recruited players who came together as a team and created something greater than the sum of its parts.

As a proud KU grad, I normally have to wait for basketball season to have something to cheer about. Not since 1969 had KU even played a football game in January or in a major bowl. Never  in 100+ years of football had the school won 11 games in a season. Never had a KU team made it to a BCS bowl game.

2007 was different. The Jayhawks began the season with big blowouts over lesser opponents. Many criticized the non-conference schedule as soft and it took the poll voters time to believe in this team. I understand because it took me until last night to really finally believe in them.

Surely, many thought, they will start losing when they reach Big 12 play. Only the Jayhawks kept rolling along. Piling up win after win against teams used to counting KU as a sure victory on their schedule. “Well,” the non-believers argued, “they didn’t have to play Oklahoma, Texas, or Texas Tech.” True enough. The KU schedule benefited from not having to play these teams.

The problem with all this naysaying is that many KU fans can remember when there were no sure wins on the football schedule. They played “lesser” opponents and struggled or lost to them. A game against KU was an opportunity to pad the statistics for the Nebraskas, K-States, Oklahomas, and Texas’ of the world.

This year the Jayhawks beat K-State for the third time in four years after 11 straight losses. They pummeled Nebraska 73-39 in a game that surely sealed the fate of Nebraska coach Bill Callahan.

Sixth year coach Mark Mangino was simply following the game plan of mentor and former Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. Play the games your scheduled to play and win them. Beginning in 1989, Snyder created another Kansas football miracle when he took the lowliest football program in college football history – K-State – and turned them into perennial contenders for Big 8, Big 12, and even national titles.

And now the student has achieved something similar down the road in Lawrence. There is another Kansas college football miracle in the making.

One word characterizes this year’s KU team – BELIEF. They believed in themselves and each other when no one else did. The pollsters did not believe. The media did not believe. Even many KU fans, myself included, were slow to believe.

But Coach Mangino, his coaches, and the players never stopped believing in themselves. That is the key to every success we ever have in life. Every great endeavor attracts a chorus of naysayers telling us it cannot be done. If you undertake an endeavor, you can count on it. As long as WE BELIEVE, anything is possible.

Afterall, people told the Wright Brothers they would never fly. People said TV was a fad. People said we could never go to the moon. People said KU could not beat a team like Virginia Tech. People are often wrong, but our belief that we can acheive some goal is never wrong.

As you begin to pursue your goals in 2008, you may encounter the naysayers. When you do remember the KU football team and keep believing.

Be peaceful Be prosperous.

Ray

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