Old Dog, New Tricks

You’ve heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” What if you’re the old dog? As slip into the back end of my 50s, I’ll admit it. Despite my reasonably cheery outlook on life and youthful impulses, I sometimes feel like that old dog.

We live in a world moving faster, so far as we know, than any other period of human history. Whereas 20 years used to constitute old, today 20 hours often does. Technology is changing by the moment. We drink information through a firehose without the ability to critically analyze it. In short, there’s always a new trick for us old dogs.

How do we cope?

We must commit ourselves to becoming one with the change. We must commit ourselves to learning new lessons, drawing new conclusions, and releasing cherished paradigms that simply don’t work anymore. All things we old dogs are loathe to do.

I’m not suggesting you relinquish timeless principles. In fact, we need to add a few more of those back into the mix. There’s been some throwing the baby out with the bathwater there.

I am suggesting that you need to adjust to doing old things in new ways. You need to be willing test new ideas, seek new approaches, and always be growing and getting better.

It would nice, for us old dogs, to think that the world is going to slow down and go back to how it used to be when we were young, comfortable, and uniquely confident. The truth is, barring an asteroid, this is the new reality, old dog. If you want to stay in the game, you’ve got to be willing to learn new tricks.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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2021 New Year’s Affirmations

Today’s Thought:

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
~ Bill Vaughn

As you look at that quote, which one fits you? If you’re in the first group, please keep that momentum flowing in your life and the world as you impact it in 2021. If you’re in the latter group, a new year is a new start. It’s a chance to ask whether that way of seeing the world is getting you where you want to go in life.

2021 promises to be an intriguing year. The divisiveness in our culture is running high. Many believe, “I have no choice. I must be at war for my ideas and my ideas must prevail 100 percent all the time.”

Such thinking doesn’t think of the well-being of all. Such thinking is eager to divide us against ourselves; a position that defeats us all, defeats our present, and defeats our future.

This not a world that has been thrust upon us. It’s a world we have chosen, even if unconsciously. We’ve dehumanized people for as little as disagreeing with us. These mindsets must not prevail in 2021 and moving forward.

Many still don’t realize, is that our minds (individually and collectively) are not separate from the world “out there”. Our thoughts are, in fact, the root system of the “tree” we see manifested as the “real” world around us. If you dig up a tree, you will find it all stems from its root system. If you dig up our world of events and experiences, you soon see it is made up of our thoughts.

The cross-currents of disempowerment will be many and vocal in this historic year. The pace of change – real and perceived – is going to pick up during this year because of the built up psychological expectations for it. That makes it more important than ever to empower your mind and think the thoughts and envision the world you desire.

I am posting New Year’s Affirmations a little early so that you can begin using them now to get your new year off to a great start. Here are 24 affirmations to get your new year off to an empowering start.

I recommend you begin the year with using either “this year” or “In 2021,” and as you get beyond the change of the year change it to “Today” or “Right now”.

  1. This year I AM the person I came to the planet to be!
  2. In 2021, I AM the change I want to see in my world!
  3. This year, I AM a miracle in motion!
  4. In 2021, I AM bigger than my doubts, bolder than my fears, and stronger than my obstacles!
  5. This year I challenge my paradigms to prove their worth and I change those paradigms that fail the test.
  6. In 2021, I choose to live in the sunshine of my possibilities, rather than the shadows of my doubt.
  7. This year my life is built on choices, not chances!
  8. In 2021, I breathe in every experience life has to offer and exhale a life well-lived!
  9. This year I AM the engine of my dreams!
  10. In 2021, my life is what I make of it and I choose to make it a _____ place to be!
  11. This year I follow my bliss! This year I experience my bliss! This year I become my bliss!
  12. In 2021, I am an abundance multiplier! As I succeed, I help others succeed too!
  13. My life belongs to me! This year I begin anew!
  14. Forget Resolutions! In 2021, I’m having a thought revolution!
  15. This year I have a budget and I’m sticking to it!
  16. In 2021, I CHOOSE a love centered world over a a fear centered world!
  17. 2021 is MY year! My possibilities multiply, my successes magnify, and my potential is realized!
  18. As I turn my face to 2021, a brilliant new Sun dawns in my life!
  19. An amazing light lives within me! My light grows brighter and brighter throughout 2021!
  20. 2021 brings the perfect people and the perfect opportunities into my life!
  21. My personal economy is robust in 2021! My career/business is zooming to new heights!
  22. My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me in 2021!
  23. This year I am flawlessly executing my business plan!
  24. I am rehumanizing my adversaries. I refuse to be a part of the division plaguing our culture.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Every Moment…

We live in a universe of change. That can be painful at times for beings such as us.

However, it can also work to our immense advantage. Nothing is set in stone. Anything can be changed by the next gust of wind or the next shift in the sand.

Every moment literally has within it the power to completely rewrite your script, our script.

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

Ray

Division is a Decision

Division is a decision not an inevitability. It occurs when people are conditioned day after day to focus on what separates us rather than what unshakably unites us.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your significant other, you’d have no relationship.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your boss, you’d have no job.

Is it any wonder that when we focus only on what we disagree on, we cannot have a country that works?

You may be tempted to point the finger at “them.” After all, that’s what our media and our so-called leaders do. They tell you to point and to blame and to focus on the separation.

We can do better than that and WE MUST.

We came here to aspire to something higher than the next argument or even the next election. We have forgotten who we truly are and as long as we remain in that state of forgetting, we’re easily manipulated. The moment we remember nothing will be able to stop the transformation.

Until that day comes for the world, we will have to discover that remembering one person at a time. When enough of us have changed what’s inside, the outside will follow.

Be who you came here to be. See your greatness and help those around you to see theirs too.

Ray

15 #RayQuotes on Comfort Zones

Happy Saturday! I was pondering the subject of comfort zones today and how easily they can capture us and steal our dreams.

Some of you know I love coining new motivational quotes. Over the years Twitter became my repository of quotes that came to me in a moment. Here are meanderings over the years on the topic of a comfort zone.

Some of these wound up in published quote books and websites or on t-shirts. Others fell into Twitterverse oblivion.

I hope you find one or two that encourage you to abandon your comfort zone a pursue your bliss.

1) A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
2) A comfort zone is a starting place, not a staying place.
3) You’ve got nothing to lose except your comfort zone!
4) A comfort zone is where dreams go to die.
5) Your desire to get better must have enough escape velocity to break free from the gravity of your comfort zone.
6) End your comfort zone before it ends your dreams.
7) There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.

8) Comfort zones are expensive. They are rented at the cost of lost dreams.
9) No life was ever transformed from the safety of a comfort zone.
10) Your comfort zone is your prison until you step beyond it.
11) We cannot sit in our comfort zones and demand answers. Answers are for those who dare, who risk, who challenge.
12) Negativity is a comfort zone for many; a hiding place for our smallness.
13) Your best friends are the ones who challenge your comfort zones, not the ones who share them with you.
14) For many people, negative thinking is a comfort zone and a protection against disappointment.
15) There are millions just existing in their comfort zones and convincing themselves they’re happy. Don’t let it be you!

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

Ray