11 Ways to Jump Start Your Morning Energy – Day 243 of 365 Days to a Better You

Let’s face it. Even most uber go-getters would rather hit the snooze button a couple more times. Most people have to push themselves to get out of bed and get going. Arriving at your desk, the job site, or school reminds you that you have a long list of to-dos, meetings, and commitments today. All of that’s good. It means you’re contributing to the world.

Here are 10 non-caffeinated – not judging the caffeine- ways to to fire up your engines ant have you off after your goals and dreams at warp speed.

  1. Say an affirmation or positive quote. Say it to yourself until you really feel it…I mean REALLY feel it.
  2. Reconnect with nature. Go find the sunrise. Absorb it and reconnect with the cycles of nature. If you’re an early-riser, go find the moon. If you’re a late-riser, go listen to the birds or the wind. Just connect.
  3. Do some busy work. Literally, pay the bills, clean out your inbox, or wash the dishes. Any mundane task will do. Action puts you into the flow of the day and prepares you for the next task.
  4. Spoon full of sugar. You remember the old sing. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Dealing with tasks that feel like “medicine” this morning? Set a mini-goal and grant yourself a reward when you complete it.
  5. Feel the fear and do it anyway. This was a title of a fantastic motivational book by Susan Jeffers back in the day. What’s your toughest task today; the one that has you most stressed? Do it first. Get it out of the way and you’ll be rewarded with an emotional high, not to mention sense of accomplishment, for the rest of the day.
  6. Ease into it. This is the opposite of the previous strategy. Knock out several quick, easy tasks. The sense that you’re getting stuff done today gives you a momentum to tackle the bigger things.
  7. Email or text. Do you need help or input from someone at work or in your personal life? Send them a text or email first thing. That way they can start working on what you need while you push forward with other tasks. By the time they respond, you’ll be ready to use their input.
  8. Learn something new. I always say the reason I get up each day is to learn something new. We live in an amazing time where limitless information is right at our fingertips. Google something you’ve been curious about and learn more before you start your regular work.
  9. Let something go. We all accumulate baggage as we go through life. It’s hard to get a balloon- or your morning – off the ground with weights holding you down. Cut some baggage loose to lighten your load.
  10. Small stokes fell great oaks. Feeling overwhelmed by your do-dos this morning? Does have you paralyzed? This famous Ben Franklin quote reminds you that big risks can be achieved by breaking them down into small tasks. You don’t have to do it all at once,
  11. Remember your purpose. Having trouble getting started today? Remind yourself why you do whet you do and for who. Obstacles seems much more conquerable when compared to your why.

I hope these tips help you get your day off to a GREAT start! As always, thank you for supporting my work and this blog.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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What Can You Actually Do? – The Affirmation Spot for Friday January 8, 2010

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You know sometimes we check things off our dream list because we think we could never do them. Obviously, we all have our limits and there are some things we will never do.

That said, our belief in what is possible for us probably falls short of our actual capabilities. Sometimes it’s more about heart and determination than facts and figures.

I was introduced to this wonderful video clip this week.

I hope it will make you think about what you might actually be capable of  if you gave it your all.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

“2010 is my year! This is the year I break free. This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!”

Jack Canfield on Never Giving Up – The Affirmation Spot for Monday September 7, 2009

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Do you ever experience that feeling of wanting to give up? You have your dreams. You’ve written down your goals. You stay focused and positive and things just don’t seem to be happening.

Jack Canfield shares his experience in trying to find a publisher for his book Chicken Soup for the Soul. Of course in hindsight, any publisher would have been crazy to refuse that book. Other people, though, cannot always see the greatness of your idea, your book, or your business idea.

People, even experts, get caught up in “what is” and sometimes lack vision for what can be. So take a moment and listen to Jack Canfield’s experience and remember it can happen for you too when you are persistent!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation:

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

212 Degrees Video (Updated) – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday August 4, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“I push my limits and I achieve great things!”
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Life is not all about victory. A well-considered loss can often be an amazing gift. However, many of us are in careers or situations in our lives where winning is nice. The question often arises, “What makes the difference between winning and losing in life?”

The 212 Degrees video made a big splash a couple of years ago. Now they have updated the video. It’s something to think about for those of you out there chasing success.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Roadblocks Are Shortcuts – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday June 18, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“The roadblocks in my life are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.” (click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Today’s affirmation is a testament to our ability, indeed, our necessity to turn life’s obstacles into opportunities. There is an old saying that life is what happens to us on the way to our dreams. We think we are so smart and we have it all figured out and yet life, inevitably, throws us for a loop.

We have a choice. We can sit and pout because things didn’t turn out as we’d scripted them. Or, we can push forward with renewed determination.

Sometimes – as much as we hate to admit it – the universe’s wisdom or God’s is sounder than our own. The very thing that messed up our perfected plans can be the key that unlocks whole new possibilities.

It’s all in how we process the event and what we choose to make out of it. However, we can only find the key when we view the detour as the blessing it truly is rather than as a curse.

So today when something seems to be going wrong and you feel that stress, frustration, or anger rising; stop look around and see how this “setback” might actually be a setup for something better.

May your day be filled with roadblocks ready to transform into shortcuts to your success and happiness.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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2009 Affirmation

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

Focus on What You Can Do

Today’s thought is:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~ John Wooden


I often encounter people who look at the world in horror and say, in desperation, “I want a different world, but what can one person do?” Similarly, there are people who feel powerless to change their own lives for the better. They allow what they cannot do to stop them from doing what they could do.

The problems that face us individually and collectivley can be overwhelming at times. Their enormity depresses some, makes others apathetic, and still others angry.

The amazing thing is that these same conditions inspire others to strive for something better, more complete, more empowering. The key is to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 John Wooden’s accomplishments, while not world-changing, are staggering in sports terms. He led the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years between 1964 and 1975. In that span his teams, went undefeated four times. Only one team in men’s college basketball has completed an undefeated in the 33 years since.

As a revered coach, Wooden’s words have become legendary. Today he is 97 years old. Someone who has achieved that level of success in any field and that scale of longevity bears listening to.

Coach Wooden tells us not to let what we cannot do interfere with what we can.

  • Maybe you can’t end world hunger today, but you can donate time or money to those helping to feed the hungry.
  • Maybe you can’t create a more just political system overnight, but you can collaborate with others and take steps that will get us there one day.
  • Maybe you can’t attain your financial goals today, but you can begin making the changes and taking the chances that will lead you to that goal one day.
  • Maybe your life is too filled with stress and pain to achieve complete happiness today, but you can at least beging releasing the stress and the pain so that one day you can know that happiness.
  • Maybe your dream of being a world-class dancer has to wait another year, but you can still work on perfecting the dance in preparation for that day.
  • Maybe world peace is not in the cards for humanity today, but you can create a more peaceful world through every encounter you have today.
“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took me twenty years.”
~ Monty Hall

The fact is that you may not reach the mountain top today. That does not mean you stop climbing. For these days when you worried, stressed, and strove over your goal, will be “the stuff” the dream is made of when you do achieve it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is founder of The Affirmation Spot, a website offering downloadable mp3 motivation tools.

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I Think I Can, I Know I Can – The Affirmation Spot for Friday March 14, 2008

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“It is not the mountain I conquer, but myself. I am reaching for the top of the mountain and my day in the sun is here.”
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The Little Engine That Could (a Platt and Munk Classic)Many of you are familiar with famous 20th century children’s story The Little Engine That Could.According to Wikipedia, it is unclear who originally wrote the story, but it appeared in the publication Wellsprings for Young People in 1906 under the title “Thinking One Can”.  Four years later the story was published by The Daughters of the American Revolution. That same year, 1910, a version titled The Pony Engine written by Mary C. Jacobs appeared in The Kindergarten Review. (source wikipedia)

As with much of the literature I was exposed to in my early years, I first read the book at my grandmother’s house. Although I had no clue what an underdog was then, I was loved the idea that someone who was told they could not do something did it.

For those not familiar with the story, a long train has to be pulled over a large hill. Several anthropomorphized large engines refuse the task because they believe it impossible. However, one little engine volunteers to attempt. As the little engine builds steam going up the hill, it begins saying, “I think I can….I think I can….I think I can.” Finally, reaching the crest of the hill The Little Engine begins saying, “I know I can…I know I can…I know I can.” The Little Engine succeeds demonstrating the benefits of thinking positively.

This story is simple and childlike. Most wisdom is.

Look around and realize that every human-made thing you see began with an idea and the statement, “I think I can.” Very little has ever been accomplished by someone saying to themselves, “I don’t think I can.” Oh, occasionally a pessimist may succeed at something; proving the statement that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

By and large, though, if you want to succeed in life – live your dreams, accomplish great things, build something, write something, leave your mark – you must attain the mindset, “I think I can.” You won’t have it every minute of every day. Doubt is part of life.  However, if you can get that mindset most of the time, success follows. As success grows on success, your “I think I can” mindset transitions into an “I know I can mindset”. When you get to that point you’re off to the races.

Now that you have children or grandchildren don’t forget this classic. Do what you can to instill in them an optimistic outlook on life. By helping them now, you prevent them from having to build it from scratch later in life.

Be peaceful Be prosperous Be positive!

Ray

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