An Object in Motion – Day 306 of 365 Days to a Better You

You probably remember a phrase from your school days that goes something like this, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest.” This is a folksy articulation of Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion.

It’s as true of human action as it is of a ball rolling down a hill. Momentum breeds momentum. Stagnation breeds more stagnation.

Now the most important part of Newton’s First Law often gets left out. The end of law states, “unless it is acted on by an external force.”

How does this apply to you and me and our personal development? For us, thoughts and emotion are those external forces that change our motion. Positive, determined thoughts and emotion drive positive action. Negative can take the wind from our sails.

Once you get moving, you’ll tend to keep moving. You’ll get things done and tackle your challenges. Have you noted that on those days when you get something done right away you tend to get more done? You get a cadence and a momentum pushing you forward.

Conversely, if you start slow, it’s hard to get that momentum going. This isn’t a value judgment. Sometimes being is more important than doing.

However, if it’s a moment that requires action and you’re feeling sluggish, here are some ways to get your momentum flowing?

  1. Do one thing. Put yourself in motion and let Newton’s Law work fort you. Once you’re in the flow the second task is easier.
  2. Do the hardest thing. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to do the hardest thing first thing, That way the rest of the day is easier. Focus on how good it’s going to feel to have that done,
  3. Do the smartest thing. There are things you just don’t want to do, but they have to be done. If the task is inevitable, do the smart thing and knock it out now. That avoids stress and scrambling later.
  4. Bargain with your brain. When there’s something you’re procrastinating about or feeling stuck on, make a deal with your brain. Tell it you’re going to start the task and work for 20 minutes. If it’s not going well, you can stop. More than likely, once you going, you’ll work much longer than 20 minutes.
  5. Jump in the pool. Your biggest blocks often center around fear and doubt. These can often be alleviated by starting and seeing it’s better then you thought. You’ll learn to “swim” as you go. The fastest way to force movement is to leave yourself no choice. Count to three and jump.

I hope you’re having an amazing Friday. In case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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I AM Affirmations – Day 213 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today I’m sharing a brand new recording of I AM affirmations. These affirmations are an assortment of affirmations with empowering words following I AM. The goal is to help you embody these words in your being.

Bookmark and listen to this recording for two to three weeks to allow the affirmations to infuse your consciousness.

You are every one of these affirmations already. Time to own them!

Thanks for watching and for your support!

Ray

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Inner Peace, Vitality, and Joy Affirmation MP3

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This affirmation, set to soft piano music, infuses your being with a sense of peace and well-being. Sit back, close your eyes, and absorb that wonderful feeling.

 

 

Title: Inner Peace, Vitality, and Joy Affirmation

Length: 1:42

Format: MP3

Affirmations:

  • I am infused with inner peace, vitality, and joy. (Repeats 8 times)
  • You are infused with inner peace, vitality, and joy. (Repeats 8 times)

 

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

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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What If 180 – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday April 14, 2010

Today’s Thought:

What if you made all the difference in the world? Well, get comfortable with that because you do!”


I often receive emails from people looking for simple things they can do in their every day life to be more positive. Many of us spend unnecessary time and energy catastrophizing events that never happen. The key phrase, and I’ll bet you’ve said it or thought it at least once today, is what if.

Usually the scenario sounds something like this.

  • I want to ask him or her out, but what if…
  • I want to apply for that manager job, but what if…
  • I want to take a nice vacation, but what if…
  • I want to feel happy, but what if…

This is a classic example of self-talk. We have these thoughts all day long. A key to whether or not you’re achieving a positive mindset is what follows the what if. Play the scenario in your mind right now. What normally follows what if – something positive or something negative?

You might need a What If 180. That is, if your thoughts are negative, you might want to try consciously turning them 180 degrees to something positive.

You can change statements like:

“I want to apply for that manager job, but what if I don’t get it and I feel like a loser?”

to

“I want to apply for that manager job, and what if I’m exactly who they are looking for?”

Why assume the worst instead of the best? Is the worst any more likely – really? Of course not! As you catch yourself doing this and consciously doing a What If 180, you find that the positive becomes your default state of mind.

Once you have transformed the negative scenario into a positive scenario you can transform the question into an affirmation.

“I want to apply for that manager job and I AM exactly who they are looking for!”

One other tip. You notice I changed the word “but” to the word “and”. The word “but” has been shown to psychologically negate the previous phrase.

You’ve received one of those compliments. “You’re a great baksetball player, but…” “I love you, but….” Try to eliminate those buts from your self-talk too. When you use the but you’re really saying, “I want to feel happy, but I WON’T”.

Start your What If 180s today. Make a game of it. You’ll have a little laugh at your negative self-talk and more importantly you’ll change it.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Affirmation is a Verb – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 12, 2010

Today’s Thought:

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Good morning and a wonderful Monday to everyone!

This morning I want to talk about affirmations as verbs. We all know from elementary school that verbs are “action words”.

In fact, the root word of affirmation is the verb affirm. The first definition for affirm at TheFreeDictionary.com is “to declare positively or firmly; maintain to be true.”

Most people know this definition, but they think it is the entire definition for the word affirmation.

They are forgetting the ‘ation’ part of the word. This suffix is Greek and it means, “action, process, or state of being.”

So, when we put the two parts of the word together we get:

To declare positively or firmly + to put the declaration into action or process so that it becomes a state of being.

This is where many people fall down or fail to understand the power of affirmations. They think it is just empty thoughts or words that don’t impact reality. Well, the thoughts and the words are not empty either, but I’ll save that for another post.

The fact is you really don’t have a true affirmation until your hands and your feet join your mind and your lips in action. True affirmations are the thoughts and words AND the actions that support those thoughts and words – they are verbs full of action.

The way the process works is that the positive thoughts and words encourage the action. As the action begins, obstacles are faced and the thoughts and words, when maintained, come to the aid and support of the action in overcoming the obstacles. By the end of the process, the thoughts, words, and actions are feeding on each other and producing the desired results.

That is a true affirmation put into practice. Not only thoughts or words, but thoughts, words, and actions working in concert to achieve goals and dreams!

Stay inspired and have an awesome Monday!

Ray

Today’s Forecast – The Affirmation Spot for Friday January 22, 2010

stepping stonesHere is the forecast for your day today.

Today: A powerful storm of success and happiness is forming in your vicinity. Looks like soaking growth-based rains leading to new self-discoveries and ever-growing opportunities.

Tonight: Clearing with a 100% chance of inspiration. Lows in the mid high achiever range.

Tomorrow: Sunny and warm as a high pressure project moves over your area. A gentle tail wind blows at your back, it looks like smooth sailing all the way to your dreams.

Stay inspired!

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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A Tale of Two American Idol Runners Up – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday January 20, 2010

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This is interesting. Each day I receive Google alerts on the topic of affirmations. I like to keep up-to-date on writing, research, and news in the field.

Today there was an article from US Magazine where former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee shared that affirmations have not helped her in her battle with Bulimia and depression. The article right beneath it in my Google alerts was a blog about Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. He mentioned, on his recent visit to the Oprah Show, that he regularly uses affirmations to exude positivity in his life.

So what gives? There are people in the “positive thinking movement” (if there really is such a thing) who might say that McPhee is doing something wrong. She must not be applying the principles correctly. Those kinds of statements are nonsense.

The fact is that affirmations work for many, many people to improve various areas of their lives and their feelings about themselves. However, they don’t work for everyone or in every situation.

They are one tool among several that people can use to improve their thinking, relax, and enjoy greater happiness. Prayer, meditation, therapy, a good support system, exercise, helping others, and (in extreme cases) medication may all help as well.

Affirmations are powerful tool for thought replacement. That’s what they’re good at. Taking a cycling negative thought you have and replacing with a positive thought. Affirmations may work for someone in one situation and not another.

Affirmations have helped me improve numerous areas in my own life, but there is one area that they have not helped me achieve my goals. So I appreciate that they are not always the right tool.

Abraham Maslow famously said, “If you the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Every situation and every person is not the same. For some people, affirmations are the end all and be all. For others, they may have to be augmented with other tools.

How can you know if affirmations will work for you and your situation? The same as with all the other tools – try them.

Three Keys to Successfully Using Affirmations:

  1. Repeat – you’ve had the negative thoughts or circumstances you’re trying to overcome for some time in your life. Saying a couple of affirmations once or twice is not going to overcome them. You must give your positive thoughts equal time – time to work.
  2. Believe – saying empty words that you don’t feel or don’t address an area of your life you’re ready to improve is worthless. You must repeat your affirmations often and you must work to believe that what you’re saying is true for you. There will be moments and days when you don’t believe. That’s OK. Don’t give up. Affirmations only succeed when you break through that initial resistance.
  3. Act – I’ve often said that affirmations without action to follow them are just wishful thinking. Saying you want to be a great tennis player to yourself will never happen if you never pick up the racket and hit the court.

May affirmations or some other method bring you all the peace, joy, and prosperity you deserve today.

Stay inspired!

Ray