Are You Buying the Ticket? – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday July 20, 2010

Today’s Accomplishment in History:

Today is the 41st anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements – the Apollo 11 moon landing. There few better examples of how the vision of one man can be converted to reality by the work, determination, and ingenuity of many others.

You may have heard the old story about the man who wanted to win the lottery. He prayed and prayed and prayed to God to win the lottery. He never won.

Eventually, the man died. When he arrived in heaven he sought out God to ask a question. “God,” he asked, “I was faithful to you my entire life. Why would you not answer my one simple prayer to win the lottery?”

God replied, “My child, did you ever purchase a lottery ticket?”

The man, sheepishly, answered, “No, Father, I never bought a lottery ticket.”

God smiled and said, “My child, I try to answer every prayer I can, but even God needs some help. For years I prayed that you would meet me half way and buy the lottery ticket.”

There are things we want in life. Goals we hope to achieve. Experiences we want to have. It doesn’t matter if you’re praying to God about it or it’s just something you are trying to achieve on your own; you have to “buy your ticket”.

Buying your ticket is metaphor for taking the steps necessary to set yourself up for success. In most cases, sitting, waiting, and hoping are not buying your ticket.

To buy your ticket, you must attract, act, and believe.

Attract: The attract part  of the equation involves putting the intention out there in the Universe. Remember, “Ask and you shall receive.”? The Universe responds to our stated intentions not our secret hopes. It’s about creating the mental environment necessary to “manifest” your goal in your life. Affirmations, meditation, praying, or verbally sharing our dreams with others are all ways to achieve that part of the equation. The man in the story did that part.

Act: The second part is equally important, though. You have to take action. Waiting on God or others to meet your needs while you sit passively by is not the act of buying the ticket. This the part many people leave out. They put the intention out there and they believe, but they fail to act. You must take proactive steps that give you the best chance for success. This is the part the man in the story failed to do.

Believe: The third part of buying your ticket is belief or some might call it faith. This aspect is important because it enhances your actions by adding life and purpose to them. That all plays into a better result. This part is also important because often achieving requires patience and perseverance. Many a dream has been attracted and acted upon, but lost because the person gave up a moment too soon.

President Kennedy did the attracting part. He put the intention to go to the moon out into the Universe. Thousands of experts and geniuses acted to make it a reality. And, a nation – indeed a world – believed.

So my question for you today is are you buying your ticket? Are you doing all three parts of the equation to attract your best life? No ticket means no lottery.

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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Whatever I Need Always Comes My Way – The Affirmation Spot for Friday August 21, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“Whatever I need always comes my way!”
(Download mp3 of this affirmation)

raised_arms_horizonThose of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook have probably seen me post this affirmation: “Whatever I need always comes my way!”

Often, I post it with the recommendation to say it or listen to it 100 times a day and watch your life transform.

There is a story behind this affirmation and that recommendation. When I started writing and recording affirmations 20 years ago I used to record 60 or 90 minute cassette tapes of affirmations and “listen” to them while I slept at night.

My life was quite a challenge in every way you can imagine at that time. I began using affirmations to change the negative thoughts that had created my unhappy circumstances. After listening to the looping tape of affirmations, I found I awoke in the morning with the affirmations filling my mind – a good start to the day.

One affirmation in particular really resonated and always seemed to stand out from the rest. It would pass through my mind repeatedly all day. Eventually, I began saying it and later listening to it 100 times or more per day. As I did, my perspective changed dramatically.

It was simple and to the point: “Whatever I need always comes my way.”

Its simplicity and power are amazing. It really operates on two levels – attraction and acceptance. This affirmation fits in nicely with all the recent excitement over “The Law of Attraction”. It basically reminds you that you are always attracting “whatever you need” into your life. The vagueness of “whatever” makes it a good general, all-purpose affirmation.

The affirmation also speaks to a level of acceptance. It can be interpreted as meaning that whatever comes your way is what you need at that moment. Those things may or may not be what you consciously choose, but the affirmation asserts a perfection in the things that do come into your life. It encourages us to see the perfection in the midst of the chaos.

I still use this affirmation every day. It served me when I was down and out and it serves me today in helping me stay grounded and positive.

For those really trying to pull themselves out of a hole or those trying to transform or accept life’s ups and downs, this affirmation is a powerhouse and a keeper!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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