Living Beyond Other Peoples’ Opinions – Day 77 of 365 Days to a Better You

Living beyond other peoples’ opinions.

Today’s Thought

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
~Plato

April and I were listening to Rachel Hollis this morning. She says something repeatedly throughout her work that I really like. It’s something to the effect that other people don’t get to choose the life you live.

As long as you can remember, you had to deal with other peoples’ of you, what you do, and who you are. The mistake you may have made early on is believing their opinions. Maybe they had a position of authority, they were your friend, your spouse, or someone you really admired.

The fact of the matter is there’s only one opinion, ultimately, that matters in your life. There’s only one opinion that propel you or stop you in your tracks. That’s your opinion.

Now, you may have a low opinion of yourself in a given situation or endeavor. That’s content for another blog. Right now, we’re focused on all those other opinions that stream into your life, often without invitation. Who should you listen to and who should you ignore?

Let’s start with this. An opinion that limits you or squashes your potential, no matter how much you love or respect the person offering it, needs to be ejected from your life now. That opinion is not moving you forward.

I’m not talking about ignoring sound advice like don’t, “Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road.” I’m talking about opinions like:

  • “Oh, you don’t want to write a book. No one will ever buy it.”
  • “He’s the best you’ll ever do. You better hang on to him no matter how he treats you.”
  • “You can’t run a successful business. I never could.”
  • “Why do you need a Master’s Degree? I did fine without it.”

Power hack: When someone is audacious enough to tell you that you never can or never should follow your dream, I want you to apply this standard. Does that person have the life you want? Have they achieved what you dream of achieving?

You see, most people who spend their lives shooting down other peoples’ dreams and naysaying are bitter because they never had the courage to go after theirs. Or maybe they did, and it didn’t work out for them. That’s sad, but it’s no reason to squash your enthusiasm and determination for yours.

If your critic lacks the credentials to advise you or obviously is not coming from a supportive place, ignore the opinion. It’s of no value to you. Find those people who do support you and, damn it, support yourself! Every great achievement in human history happened, despite all the opinions about it not because of them.

You will never be free of opinions flowing into your life, but you can free yourself from their negative effect and get on with the business of following your bliss!

You – yeah you – you’re AWESOME!

Ray

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Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside You – Day 49 of 365 Days to a Better You

Don’t die with your music still inside of you.

One of my favorite moments in Spring is the first time I see and hear a cardinal sing. I love red and so I find cardinals to be stunning birds. The best thing, though, is their amazing song. I can’t get enough of it. I’d love to hear your song too!

The late Wayne Dyer often encouraged his listeners with this aphorism. I never heard Wayne say it, but I’ve always believed he was referring back to another proverb of indistinct origin. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has the answer, it sings because it has a song.

Did you know you have a song inside of you? I believe we all do. You may call it your bliss, your mission, your path. It’s that thing that we cannot imagine dying without having expressed, experienced, and shared. Yet, many of you reading this, have not blessed the world with your song.

“Well,” you might think, “No one really cares about my song. It won’t change the world or my situation.” Are you sure? Who among us knows how a word, a gesture, a thought from you might change everything?

Whether you “singing” your song would shift the world or just shift a moment, read the quote again. The reason for singing your song is not because your song is the answer, though it might be. The reason for singing your song is because you have a song and it’s what you’re here to do. You won’t feel complete until you pipe up. So, pipe up!

It doesn’t have to be the most beautiful song or the most profound. It only needs to be the contribution you came here to make.

No pressure, but it’s time to start singing!

Have a fantastic and song-filled day!

Ray

Follow Your Bliss – Day 17 of 365 Days to a Better You

Follow your bliss.

For years, I’ve ended posts with the phrase, “Follow your bliss, experience your bliss, become your bliss.” I borrowed and modified the concept from the great Joseph Campbell. He famously stated, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

The quote was based on Campbell’s firm belief that following your bliss was a vital – perhaps the most vital – message coming through the great historic myths to us. Campbell placed each of us in the role of “the hero” on our own heroic journey. As with all heroes in myth, there comes a moment of decision and choice. Often this is a climatic moment where all will be lost or gained. This is the magical moment Campbell is speaking of when he counsels to follow your bliss and watch walls turn into open doors.

The hero – you – is a chosen being. You’re here in this place and this time to fulfill your purpose. When you do, the universe rewards you in ways someone not living with that life force will never see.

So, today I want you to commit to following your bliss. You’ve defined a big dream, you’ve worked on creating a burning desire for its achievement. Listening to your inner-self and understanding what your bliss is will give you game cheats to reach your objectives more quickly.

Here is Campbell and the great Wayne Dyer giving you some master insight on following your bliss.

Once you follow it, take those next two steps. Really feel it and experience it fully. This is you at your absolute best in the flow. Next become your bliss. That is you embodying your bliss so fully that you and your path become indistinguishable. MAGIC happens then!

Ray

I AM – The Two Most Powerful Words

i-am-461804_640Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone Europe and west. Happy New Year to those of you ringing in 2019 already!

As you enter 2019, I want you to be SUPER aware of two words that you probably say mindlessly hundreds of times a week…I AM. Other than your name, there are no other words in the English language (or any other) as powerful as I AM.

As the pitcher and catcher are “the battery” on a baseball field, I AM is the battery of affirmations. The AM is actually an equals sign. Even though we say it often, this phrase has an untold power on our consciousness. I AM is really I =.

I AM fat. I AM lazy. I AM cold. I AM happy. I AM always last in line. Each and every one of these are mindless affirmations telling pelting our subconscious with instructions on how to view the world. Perhaps more importantly, they are instructions to the Universe to help more of that show up. After all, we all like to be proven right.

When feed I AM statements to ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, we are telling ourselves and the world WHO we are. Be cautious with this phrase. Use it with intention. Empower your mind, your body, and your spirit with I AM statements that support your highest self.

Do that and I promise you 2019 will be your best year yet! Here, let me get you started on the right track. You are AMAZING. You are a ONE-IN-A-TRILLION MIRACLE. You are DESTINED TO GREAT THINGS!

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

Ray

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Bliss Affirmations

Today’s Thought

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

~ Joseph Campbell

woman meditation on the beachBliss is a powerful concept and one that this famous quote by Joseph Campbell has caused to resonate in the minds of the current generations of humans living on planet Earth. How to define bliss?

Well, this is one of those words where dictionary definitions are simply inadequate. Your bliss is where you feel at home. It’s your sweet spot.

It’s those moments and situations where you *know* you are aligned with your purpose. It’s that life that wakes you in the middle of the night and says, “Come live me!”

Today I am sharing a few bliss affirmations to help you live your bliss.

  1. As I follow my bliss, my bliss starts chasing me!
  2. Prosperity and happiness are mine when I find the courage to truly follow my bliss!
  3. Following my bliss can pay the bills as well any job.
  4. Today and every day my bliss is my compass for success and happiness.
  5. I never miss when I follow my bliss!
  6. I do what I love and find my bliss. I keep doing what I love and I live my bliss. I give myself completely to what I love and I become my bliss!
  7. Bliss builds in my world today with every conscious decision I make!
  8. Today I find my bliss in the sweet spot where my talents and my passion merge.
  9. Following my bliss creates magic in my life.
  10. I am a bliss magnet!
  11. I follow my bliss! I experience my bliss! I become my bliss!

Stay inspired! You are the engine of your dreams!

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot, co-founder of 6 Sense Media, and author of Anunnaki Awakening. For more amazing motivational content, please visit the TAS website and YouTube channel.

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