Creating An Extraordinary Life – The Affirmation Spot for Friday August 7, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“I am the engine for my dreams. My dreams never give up on me and I never give up on them!”
(Choose from 100s mp3 affirmations at The Affirmation Spot)

When you set out to live a more positive, empowered life it’s easy to get caught by the idea that a negative thought equals failure. The problem is not in having negative thoughts or feelings. Every human being has them. The problem is in persisting in that negative and disempowered mental state.

We always live in a world of choice where we can choose achievements or excuses. Everyone has excuses, but only a few have real achievements. Why? How can you change that dynamic in your life?

Motivational speaker and singer Sara Westbrook (website) (Twitter) does a fantastic job of articulating your choice.  In this recent video, she explains what it takes to create an extraordinary life. Enjoy.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

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Our World is Our Creation – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday December 16, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Recession proof…I have the skills and the confidence to compete in a tough economy.”
(click the affirmation to hear it in mp3)

earth_space1The world is not an accident. It is our creation. That’s a pretty bold and, to some people, controversial statement. Controversial or not; it is the truth. Individually and collectively we are consciously or unconsciously creating the world where we live.

There are four questions you need to answer to maximize your role in that conscious creation. Answering and living to these questions is not easy. If it was, we’d all be doing it. They are, however, worthy goals as we approach the new year.

Question 1 – Are you creating your world consciously or unconsciously?

Are you making conscious choices about the world you live in or are you allowing the world to happen to you? Are you simply cruising through on auto-pilot and “going with herd”? Are you falling in line with conventional wisdom even though you don’t buy it for a minute? These behaviors lead to unconscious creation and unconscious creation is what creates so many of the problems in our world.

Yes. The world is a better place when there is conscious democracy about its direction. It works better when you are making conscious choices about the world you are collectively creating with the other inhabitants of this planet. Conscious choices have the potential to create more desired results. Make the choice to be as consciously aware as possible of the world you are helping to create.

Ask yourself: Are you consciously or unconsciously creating today?

Question 2 – What are you choosing to create?

When you understand that a consciously created world is a step up from an unconsciously created world you are left with the question of what kind of world to consciously create. Look around. Is the world what you would want it to be, if you had a say? The problems in our world are the result of two things – unconscious choices and negative conscious choices.

Yes. If you want more happiness in the world, you need to choose to be more happy. If you want more peace, less war, closer families, cleaner energy, more freedom; then you have to make those choices. The world really is a mirror simply reflecting back to us the image of the choices we have made. If you want a different world, you have to make and help others to make different choices.

Ask yourself:  If everyone impacted the world the way you do, would it be closer to the world you would choose to create?

Question 3 – Have you been convinced that you have no power?

Do you believe you can’t fight city hall? Do you believe decisions of war and peace should be made by politicians because they know more about it than you? Do you believe matters of the spirit should be left to clergy because they have studied more than you? Do you believe the financial experts should run the economy because they are smarter about those things than you? Are you content to let someone else set the agenda?

Worst of all, do you believe there is nothing you can do about it? Do you think you are the only one who feels this way? There are a thousand yous, a million yous, a billion yous out there in the world who could change things in a moment if only you recognized your power.

Yes. The world is a better place when you feel empowered to truly participate. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have no power to make change or make a difference. That is the biggest of the biggest lies. You have undiscovered, untapped talents and knowledge that can contribute. Never assume the experts know how to run the world.

Ask yourself: Am I content to let others make the decisions or am I empowering myself to have a say and make a difference?

Question 4 – Will you choose to participate?

This is the only one of the four questions you have to answer for yourself. I can remind you to be conscious about the world you are helping to create. I can remind you to push for better solutions and a happier planet.  I can remind you that you are a powerful force that can make a difference in the world. I cannot, however, force you to act.

What does acting mean? Do you have to run for office, make speeches, or write blogs? No. Acting is simply about really thinking about why you are here on this planet in this time and place. Finding your real purpose and passion and following it to its logical end.

Joseph Campbell liked to label it, “following your bliss”. Follow your bliss, dear reader! If you do that and every other person on this planet does that, I guarantee you that the first three questions will be rendered meaningless. We will have a conscious world full of empowered people making good choices.

Ask yourself: What is my bliss? What brings me true happiness?

When you find it move towards it immediately and we will see changes on this planet that we cannot even imagine now.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Give The Gift of Positive This Holiday Season – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday December 5, 2007

Wednesday greetings,

world_in_hand.jpgToday I am going to shamlessly promote a series of affirmations that I am very proud of. The holidays are coming, why not give your friends, your family, and yourself the gift of positive?

I am pleased to announce that The Affirmation Spot’s My World affirmations, our most popular series, are now available as a single downloadable zip file.

This series includes 11 affirmations that inspire you to envision and choose a more positive world in many areas of your life. Each affirmation comes in three varieties which means you actually get 33 different affirmations.

These affirmations were designed to be used in tandem and to address multiple areas of your life.  These affirmations are a part of my personal daily routine. I have found them to be very effective at getting me pumped and ready to go for the day or a big event.

The three varieties are:

Exercise version – set to an inspring piece of music entitled To Fly With A Dream, this version of the affirmations are designed specifcally for times of activity such as during exercise. Listen while jogging, biking, lifting, or any other strenuous activity. This version are recorded a slightly higher volume to handle noisy situations.

Relaxation version – set to a beautiful guitar piece called Ponce’s Preludo in E Major, the relaxation version of the affirmations are designed for times of relaxation, meditation, or as background during work. Listen while meditating, relaxing, before bed, first thing in the morning, or at other times when you want to relax. This version is recorded at a slightly reduced volume for quiet times.

No music version – allows you to listen to the affirmations without music or add your own.

Best of all, you download the files once and you are then free to send them to as many people as you like. In fact, I want you to spread them around. Give them to clients, friends, or colleagues. Embed them in PowerPoint presentations or e-cards. Use them as a background for your website or blog. The possibilities are endless.

Downloading the entire series also saves you time and money by allowing you to download a single file while saving you 60% as compared with downloading all 33 affirmations individually. You can listen to the affirmations on computer, burn them to a CD, or play them on your MP3 player or iPod.

Thank you for the continued support and words of encouragement for The Affirmation Spot and what we are doing.  It is my sincere hope that you, your friends, and your family will find these affirmations a helpful tool for creating a fantastic 2008!

Download My World Affirmations Series

Peace…

Ray
The Affirmation Spot

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That Will Never Work! – The Affirmation Spot for Friday September 21, 2007

When I talk to people about using positive affirmations I often encounter comments like, “Well, affirmations are OK, but they just won’t work for me,” or “I could never do that.”

I always think, “Did I just hear you right?” You just used a (negative) affirmation and proved your own point incorrect by demonstrating how successful that affirmation is for you. You believe  you can’t do affirmations or that they would never work for you and your affirmation has come true!

Think about that for a moment. You think in affirmations all day long. You are constantly molding your experience of the world through a series of can/can’t are/aren’t statements in your mind (a.k.a. positive affirmations or negative affirmations).  An affirmation, after all, is only a statement that you can/can’t accomplish something or that you are/aren’t capable.

I love reading articles by folks who say affirmations are a fraud, useless, or self-delusional (more affirmations). The kinds of affirmations you think have a pretty high correlation to the outcomes in your life. When you think in positive affirmations about something your attitude and your actions fall into line and you generally succeed. When we harbor and express negative beliefs about something failure is almost sure to follow.

Positive affirmations are not magic pills. They don’t change certain laws of physics. They cannot always impact the quantitative, but they can almost always improve the qualitative.  For instance, a sixty year-old woman cannot affirm that she is twenty and wake up one morning 20 years old. However, the sixty year-old who affirms that she feels twenty is going to remain happy and active longer than someone who affirms all day how old they are becoming.

So, the questions really are these. If affirmations are just a fancy name for the kinds of thoughts we think all day, do you choose to think positively or negatively? Do you choose to believe you can or conclude we cannot?

You cannot prevent affirmations. They are an autonomic function of your mind. What you can control, though, is which kinds of affirmations you want to be pervasive in your life.

Whichever you choose, you will experience. Which will you choose today?

Have a peaceful and prosperous Friday!

Ray

The Affirmation Spot

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