Learning Styles and Affirmations

I’ve spent the past 20 years writing learning programs in the corporate world. Before that I spent 10 years in sales and recruiting. All of these roles have taught the importance of not only delivering the right message, but delivering the right message in the right way to the right audience.

One of my fascinations going back to my days as an Education school undergrad has been learning styles. You won’t be surprised that these learning styles are closely related to our senses, especially seeing, hearing, and touching.

Though these have been further sub-divided in some research, there are three primary learning styles and a combination style.

  • Visual Learners – about 65 percent of learners are visual. That is they prefer to learn through pictures or the written word.
  • Auditory Learners – about 30 percent of the population learns best by listening. They prefer lecture to reading and often will even read information aloud to to themselves.
  • Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners – about 5 percent of learners. They prefer learning by being active or hands on. This is the learn by doing person.

Additional research indicates that upwards of 70 percent prefer our preferred style alone. About 20-25 percent prefer a combination of two styles. The rest make use of all three styles to varying degrees.

Add to this research from the field of memory that shows we retain information better when more of our senses were involved in receiving it.

In my use and recording of affirmations over the years, I’ve studied the use of different forms of transmission on myself and others. Affirmations are a form of rote learning that benefits from repetition, emotion, and belief.

Over time, I’ve aligned with the research above. Video is the most powerful tool there is for embedding affirmations in our consciousness.

It’s visual and auditory. That immediately covers 90 plus percent of people in their learning style. It simplifies the power of repetition versus just reading or saying an affirmation (both still good practices). Video can be used passively as background during the day. Whereas reading and speaking affirmations require focus. Both are useful, but for saturating your consciousness with an affirmation, audio is superior.

This all makes sense from a practical point of view as well. When you want to learn how to do something new, where do you go first? Do you Google it and look for a written or flowchart explanation or do you go to YouTube to watch, listen, and learn?

This is why I’ve transitioned most of my work from written and audio affirmations 10 or even five years ago and almost exclusively to video affirmations today.

I create them like this example below and I have my favorite YouTube channels where I go to listen to affirmations and get my mind right.

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


Learn, Learn, Learn Every Day – Day 165 of 365 Days to a Better You

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

~Zen Proverb

We live in a universe where information is not centralized, but dispersed among its occupants. As expert as you might be in one area of life, you can be complete novice in other areas.

One daily mission I have adhered to for many years is the determination to learn something new everyday. You may not master a thing in a day or ever, but you can certainly learn about it. ALWAYS be a ready student.

Other people are vast stores of knowledge on practically any topic. The Internet has made it easy for them to share their expertise in a way never before possible. 15 years ago you might have had to read a book, take a class, or hope some home improvement television show might teach you how to remodel your bathroom. Today there are thousands of videos by experts or fellow do-it-yourselfers just a click away.

However, simply having access to information on topics isn’t enough. Your curiosity is still the driver that determines whether you’re a daily learner or just passing through.

Strive each day to learn something. Use the technology, but don’t miss out on pining an expert live and gleaning from their knowledge. When you have the knowledge and the opportunity, willingly share what you know with others.

Access to the vast store of human information is quickly becoming a commodity. Don’t forget each day to tap into that bounty to better yourself, better your life, or better the world.

What can the results be when someone new takes other peoples’ information and put the pieces together? You might create a 100 percent accurate cancer test that cost just three cents. In short, miracles can happen.


You all inspire me! Keep it up!


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13 Teacher Affirmations

Today I am featuring some affirmations for one of our most important professions – teachers. I received a B.S. in Education and planned to go into teaching at one point in my life. Life took me in another direction, but I have always appreciated and respected what teachers do for all of us.

  1. I am an awesome teacher making a real difference in the lives of my students today!
  2. Today my students have my absolute commitment.
  3. Today I give my students all I can so that tomorrow they can be all they can!
  4. My teaching makes an impact in the world in completely unexpected and amazing ways.
  5. Each and every day, I bring knowledge and dedication to my classroom.
  6. I love teaching! At the end of every day, I KNOW I have made a difference.
  7. I am a great teacher! I am a great teacher! I am a great teacher and I get better and better each and every day!
  8. I am a great teacher! Each day I strive to be that teacher my students will look back on an say, “Thanks!”
  9. I thrive on making [fill in your subject] relevant to the lives of my students and today I do!
  10. Teaching is more a relationship than a job or a role. Today I remember to relate the learning to each student!
  11. A great teacher lives within me! Today that teacher is shaping futures!
  12. Today and every day, I stay focused by remembering why I got into teaching!
  13. Each and every day, I share life’s greatest gift – the gift of learning!

Please share these with your favorite teacher!


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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Overcoming the Fear of Failure – The Affirmation Spot for Monday October 12, 2009

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“The fear of failure is the shortest route to it.”

~ Ray Davis

Homer FailureI was recently reading an article where they were comparing Japanese and American students’ approaches to learning. The writer pointed out that it is not uncommon to see a Japanese student fail numerous times on his or her way to learning something successfully. In Japan, there is no stigma to failing along the road to success. It is an expected and accepted part of the learning process.

In the United States, we attach a tremendous amount of stigma to failing. So much so that American students are generally not willing to go through the process of failing to learn. American students tend to focus their attention on subjects where they can be successful and shy away from subjects where failure might be involved.

So instead of going through the failure to learn process we often hear our children say things like, “I hate math.” They don’t really mean that they have something personal against math. What they are saying is, “I would have to fail too many times to get math and I’m not willing to do it.”

I’m not here to say that one nation’s approach to learning is superior. However, this fear of failing extends beyond school and impacts our adult life as well. Many people have big dreams or goals they would like to accomplish, but, again, they are still not willing feel the sting of failure to get there. Instead, they learn to play it safe just as their children do with the math.

That’s where my little aphorism at the top comes in. When fear failure so much that we are unwilling to try, unwilling to risk learning new things and failing a little; we cannot achieve our goals and dreams. All because of the stigma of failure.

Recondition yourself to overcome your fear of failure. In an outstanding article, Olimpio Zapanta offers five steps for overcoming the fear of failure.

  1. Divorce failure from your self-esteem.
  2. Failure is not all bad. It can be a great teacher.
  3. Failure and success are intimately linked – failure is often a prerequisite for success.
  4. Successful people fail constantly. That’s how they succeed.
  5. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you go for it.

With these five great steps and determination, don’t let the fear of failure sidetrack you from your destiny! Remember that “A Success” is what we call someone who had the courage to persist through failures.

Stay Inspired!


2009 Affirmation

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