Bold Thoughts, Bold Action

Positive, empowered thinking is only the start. Until that thinking is converted to bold action, we change little about our lives or the world. Once that thinking becomes bold action, we are capable of changing just about anything about the world or our lives.

Consider how many people had the chance to conceive gravity before Newton, but took no action. How many could have held the Wright Brothers’ place in history, had they only put their ideas for human flight into action? Who else had words as beautiful and powerful as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but never acted on them and so never changed the course of history?

I’d posit that there were many others who could have replaced these names in history had they simply acted on their thoughts or ideas.

What amazing thinking have you manifested, but not acted upon? How might it change your life and the world, if only you acted? Something to ponder today. Something to act upon today.

Wherever you are on your journey, you are awesome!

Ray

49 Growth Affirmations

Today’s Thought:

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin


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  1. I am a work in progress, but WHAT a work I am!
  2. My way forward is paved with the strength of an open heart and the power of an open mind.
  3. Today what serves me stays and what fails me goes!
  4. Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned!
  5. Today and every day, I do at least one thing that stretches me!
  6. Struggle is my bootcamp preparing for bigger and better things!
  7. I refuse settle for where I am, when I know I have better within me!
  8. Today I live with a purpose and my purpose lights my path!
  9. Today I am the acorn courageously engaged in the process of becoming the oak!
  10. Today I am entering new and exciting realms in my life!
  11. I may not live forever, but today I strive for better!
  12. I thrive on every opportunity to become more than I have ever been before!
  13. Today I release old habits and blaze new trails!
  14. Day by day and thought by thought, I am creating my ideal life!
  15. Today I release older lesser versions of myself and grow into my greatness!
  16. My limits yesterday are my starting point today!
  17. I struggle, but I grow. I fall, but I get up. Even amid adversity, I succeed and I prosper.
  18. Today I am liberating myself from the shadows of my past. A bright new day dawns for me!
  19. Playing it safe keeps me safe from every dream I have. Today I risk for my reward!
  20. Each and every day I reach deeper levels of self-realization.
  21. By releasing what is, I open the door for something better!
  22. Today I am attracting the people, places, and things that are perfect for my growth!
  23. Today I make the most of who I am and what I have to become who I can be!
  24. The obstacles on my path are there to build my strength and understanding. Today I’m strong and I understand!
  25. Today I am taking one step beyond where I have gone before! In no time at all, I’ll be far down the road.
  26. This week I am breaking new ground in my life and it feels great!
  27. Every weakness I think I have is an angel whispering, “grow, grow.”
  28. The summit of every success is the foot stool for my next success!
  29. My consciousness always expands to embrace the opportunities and challenges in my life
  30. My life is filled with one positive experience after another. I make use of every experience in my growth.
  31. Today I am planting the seeds of growth in my life. I am absolutely committed to watering them every day.
  32. Each and ever day I learn new lessons, expand my awareness, and develop my abilities.
  33. I create my own life everyday and I work hard to create a life full of growth and expansion.
  34. Today I exchange my need to always be right for my need to always be growing.
  35. There is the life that I live and the life that I want. Today I am taking action to bring them into alignment!
  36. Even as i stretch and strive to be who I can be, I am happy with who I am now!
  37. Today and every day, I am on a heroic journey from where I am to where I am destined to be!
  38. Today old paradigms are falling as I find new and better ways to live!
  39. Every challenge calls on me to be a better, stronger person and today I AM!
  40. What matters is who I AM not who I’ve been!
  41. Today I am working consciously toward a greater opening of my heart and my mind.
  42. Today I am aligned with energies that heal my past and grow my future.
  43. Today I am building bridges from the world that is to the world I CHOOSE!
  44. Bring the rain. I’m eager to grow! Bring the sunshine. I’m ready to bloom!
  45. I thrive on every opportunity to become more than I have ever been before!
  46. The past is a blessing because it is my teacher. The future is a blessing because it is my opportunity.
  47. Today I am the person I came to the planet to be!
  48. Everything that happens in my life perfectly prepares me to fulfill my purpose!
  49. I give myself completely to my purpose and my purpose gives me completely to success and happiness.

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

Ray

How Can I?

Our goal is to believe in ourselves enough to always believe we can succeed in every endeavor. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, all we can hear in our minds is I can’t.

“He will win, who knows when to fight and when not to fight,” wrote the ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu.

You need to pick your battles with I can’t. Rather than trying to defeat it outright, try this.

Transform your I can’t into How can I?

This simple nuance sidesteps the resistance from I can’t and opens your mind to ways you can without having to get all the way to I can.

Stay true! Stay you!

Ray

10 Wise Things Jesus Said…Without Fine Print

Whether you view Jesus of Nazareth as your personal savior, a great teacher, or an interesting historical figure; there’s little doubt he left behind powerful words that provide a template for the better world we’re all seeking in this moment.

Here are 10 things Jesus said, without qualification or fine print, that we can all use as a basis creating better selves and a better world.

  1. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  2. Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone. (Social media would go silent. LOL)
  3. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  4. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
  5. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew) (Alternatively from Mark – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  6. So, in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  7. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  8. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  9. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  10. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

We see in these sayings words about peace, affirmation, bettering ourselves, and caring about each other.

Jesus spoke many other important and, for many, sacred words. Yet if we took these 10 items alone and built our character upon them and the world’s character upon them; how much better would that world be?

Just sayin’.

In case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE AWESOME!

Ray

Let Love, Compassion, and Peace Decide You

Something will decide you. Let it be love, compassion, and peace.

If you allow the anger and the vitriol to win, you eventually become filled with it.

If you allow “Us” vs. “Them” to triumph, we’ll wind up with an unhappy cinder of a world.

Be open to change. Be open to new ideas. It’s the way of our Universe. Nothing, nothing, stays the same forever. Stopping change is impossible. We can only hope to mold it into something more productive and that helps more people.

A really famous guy counseled to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes today. If you do, I promise, you’ll find a sympathetic figure wanting most of the same things you want. If one mile doesn’t get tou there, walk two. If you’re still angry at the person, you haven’t walked far enough.

The sky is a big place for a narrow mind and a closed heart. Let yours be opened from horizon to horizon. See with new eyes.

Yes, something will decide you. Let it be love, compassion, and peace.

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

Ray