Bigger, Bolder, Stronger – Day 332 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

I bigger than my doubt! I am bolder than my fears! I am stronger than my obstacles!

Life is unpredictable. Challenges come your way that you never saw coming. Sometimes you can “light and love” your way to all the  success and joy you can handle. Other times, it’s a real slog. In those moments, it is an unquestioning belief in yourself that must prevail in your heart and in your mind.

There’s no faking this one until you make it. As the affirmation above says, you have to be bigger than your doubt, bolder your fears, and stronger than your obstacles. For that doubt, those fears, and those obstacles are coming to shut down your dreams, if you’ll allow it. They can only do that if you give up or if you yield.

Know this! You wouldn’t have this goal or this dream unless its achievement or the journey to chase was critical to your being and your well-being.

Every dream any dreamer ever had, at some moment in the process, came down to the strength of dreamer’s determination to win a victory over those internal and external forces that would snuff it out.

You ARE bigger than your doubts. You ARE bolder your fears. You ARE stronger than your obstacles. You ARE destined for great things!

In case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

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Keep On Running – Day 284 of 365 Days to a Better You

A diiferent form of this post originally appeared on this blog in March 2009.

Saturday was beautiful Spring-like day in the Kansas City area. I took my beautiful black lab Mia for a walk. We live next door the elementary school here and between the school and us is a baseball field.

There was a kickball game going on as we passed by. I paused to watch for a few minutes. It was a mix of adults, little kids, and littler kids – probably a family get-together of some kind.

As Mia and I stood there, one of the smallest kids stepped up the plate. The pitcher rolled the ball and the little boy kicked with all his might. The ball dribbled slowly toward tbe third base. The little boy was chugging down the to first base for all he was worth.

The third baseman fielded the ball and tried to hit the little boy with it to get him out. The ball missed and rolled behind first base.

At this point, chaos broke out. The little boy stopped at first momentarily and then people started yelling, “Run, run, run.” He took off for second. As he neared second, people started yelling, “Stop, stop, stop.”

Another fielder threw the ball trying to get the little boy out at second, but missed again. The ball rolled away from the fielder. Now people were yelling a mix of, “Run, run, run” and ”Stop, stop, stop.”

The comedy of fielding errors continued and the little boy, no longer listening to the mixed shouts coming from the crowd, forced the issue by rounding third and heading for home.

The ball arrived to the catcher too late and the little boy dove into home plate head first and scored.

I took this as a metaphor. The little boy, through all the chaos and the advice from the divided experts, just kept on running. He wasn’t really paying attention to what the fielders were doing with the ball. He seemed to be locked in on one idea – scoring that run. He kept on running!

How often, as you try to achieve your goals in life, do you have people telling you, “Do this” or “Don’t do that?” Do you let it stop you and knock you off course or do you keep on running? It’s easy to get stalled listening to the experts or worrying what “the fielders are doing with the ball.”

Take it from this little boy. Ignore the chaos and stay focused! Keep moving toward your dreams. I’m not saying experts can’t be helpful and I’m not saying ignore other aspects of your life. I am saying that when you have a goal or a dream your job is to keep on running.

If you do, you’ll be sliding into home plate with a big score as well!

In case no one else reminded you today, you’re AWESOME!

Ray

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Balancing Acceptance and Not Giving Up – Day 240 of 365 Days to a Better You

The caterpillar must be a caterpillar, while never ignoring he is becoming a butterfly. You and I must accept our caterpillar-ness in this moment without conceding our butterfly-ness for a single moment.

I’ve found that deep breathing and affirmations work well together. So, I often incorporate breathing right into the affirmation.

Today’s affirmation is: Breathing in, I completely accept that what is is. Breathing out, I am absolutely determined Ed to change it!

I’ve been using a version of this affirmation for years. It hepls me balsnce two very important, but seemingly contradictory, principles. Those are acceptance and a strong desire for change.

Acceptance of what is is a critical foundation for any change. I can’t thin’ of an instance where denial of a present reality is useful or healthy. However, that reality might be something you’re absolutely determined to change.

  • You accept your current state of health as your real starting place, but you want to inspire change to live healthier. You can modify this very flexible affirmation to something like the following. Breathing in I accept that I am out of shape. Breathing out I am exercising every day to change it!
  • You accept the current state of conflict in the world. You can modify this affirmation to something like: Breathing in, I accept that peace is not our current reality. Breathing out, I am working like hell to change it!

You can apply this affirmation to virtually any current and desired state of affairs.

Using the affirmation regularly grounds you. It commits your mind to both acceptance and a determination never to give up on what you know can be. I recommend using your affirmation with with more aspirational affirmations to tilt the balance in favor of the desired state.

Examples:

  1. Breathing in, I accept that I have a C in chemistry. Breathing out, I am working my butt of to make that an A.
  2. I am a great student!
  3. I own chemistry!
  4. I am acing my final chemistry exam!
  5. I deserve to make straight A’s!

Give this a try. I think you’ll find it an effective way to deal with the now, while continuing to work for your goals.

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Ray

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It’s Never Too Late – Day 236 of 365 Days to a Better You

There are many mental traps you can fall into that can limit your pursuit of your dreams. One of the most common and believable is, “It’s too late.” My goal in the rest of this post is to convince you that’s not so!

25 It’s Never Too Late Quotes

    1. Who told you it was too late? And more importantly, why did you choose to believe them?

~Richelle Goodrich

    1. So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, it’s never too late to start life afresh.

~Freeman Dyson

    1. in the end you are the only one who can make yourself happy. More important, …it is never too late to find out how to do it.

~Ruth Reichl

    1. No star is ever lost we once have seen. We always may be what we might have been.

~Adelaide Ann Proctor

    1. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

~Maya Angelou

    1. It’s never too late to give up what you are doing and start doing what you realize you love.

~Hans Rosling

    1. It’s never too late. Don’t focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it and acknowledge the blessing you have.

~Drew Barrymore

    1. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

~C.S. Lewis

    1. It’s never too late to learn.

~Malcolm Forbes

    1. It’s never too late to mend your ways.

~American Proverb

    1. It’s never too late to be great.

~Jordan Burroughs

    1. Remember that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to get the body you were born to have.

~David Kirsch

    1. I just want to show the world it’s never too late to get your diploma, and show kids they should stay in school and not wait until you’re old to get it.

~Flavor Flav

    1. I’m living the dream! I just want to tell actors and writers it’s never too late, and it can happen when you least expect it.

~Geneva Carr

    1. It’s never too late to take your heart health seriously and make it a priority.

~Jennie Garth

    1. It’s never too late to reclaim your inner diva and reclaim your inner strength.

~Michelle Visage

    1. Sometimes too late is just in time.

~C.J. Carlyon

    1. It’s never too late to take another path.

~David Suzuki

    1. It’s never too late to give up your prejudices.

~Henry David Thoreau

    1. It’s never too late to drop your beliefs and let your wounds heal.

~Adam Scythe

    1. There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. Success can happen at any time and at any age. You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of yourself. And best of all, love can happen at any age.

~Salma Hayek

    1. You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.

~Bikram Choudhury

    1. Live your life and forget your age.

~Norman Vincent Peale

    1. Aging is a physical process, but age is a state of mind.

~Ted Smith

    1. It matters only that you manifest your genius; it doesn’t matter when. It’s never too late or too early.

~Mark Victor Hansen

10 People Who Proved It’s Never Too Late

  1. Satchel Paige – denied his right to be among the elite pitchers in MLB history by the color barrier, Paige threw his first MLB pitch at age 42 and his last at 59.
  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder – the world-famous author of the “Little House” books didn’t have her first book published until she was 65.
  3. Gladys Burrill – competed in her first marathon at 86 and her last at 92.
  4. Susan Boyle – was 47 when she shocked the world on Britain’s Got Talent to become a global singing star.
  5. Peter Mark Roget – retired at 61 and always enjoyed making lists. At age 73, he published one of the most read books in the English language – Roget’s Thesaurus.
  6. Anna Mary Robertson – took up painting at 67 after her husband’s death. When she was 78, an art collector bought all her paintings. They were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She became known to the world as “Grandma Moses.”
  7. Ronald Reagan – while today we think little of a candidate running for president in their 70s, Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 at the age of 69; considered ancient at the time. He’d run for president twice before and failed. He remains the oldest elected president at 73 Years 249 days and oldest serving president at 77 years 349 days.
  8. Colonel Harland Sanders – at 65, a penniless retired small-time restaurant owner took his “secret recipe” chicken on the the road looking for franchisees. The story goes he was rejected by more than 1000 restaurant owners before he found one in Salt Lake City. Within 10 years, Kentucky Fried Chicken became the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain.
  9. Ray Kroc – worked as a cup and milkshake machine salesman. One of his customers – the McDonald brothers – ran a hamburger joint that impressed him. At 59, he bought the company and turned into the world’s largest franchise before his death.
  10. Harry Bernstein – wrote more than 20 unpublished novels. At the age of 97, his autobiographical novel – The Invisible Wall – was published to critical acclaim. He followed that with two more books.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m fresh out of reasons why it’s too late to pursue my dreams. Let’s get to it!

Keep believing in a Better You and a better world, my friends.

Ray

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Walk the Walk – Day 60 of 365 Days to a Better You

Walk the walk.

Three years out of four, day 60 is the beginning of the third month of the year. In ancient Sumeria, this would have been one-fifth of the way through the common year. The Sumerian year was 360 days long (it came from the recognition that a circle is 360 degrees). The five extra days each year were holy days to complete the year.

Ironically, that calendar configuration reminds us of something interesting. Most days along our path are ordinary. That’s not to say they don’t count or they don’t add it up toward the result. They absolutely do. I simply mean there’s no fireworks, no big news, no major achievement. They’re just ordinary days.

You often hear the phrase, “Walk the walk,” in the context of, “Don’t just talk the talk…” Today I want to use it differently.  If the proverbial journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, then it’s also completed one step at a time. A lot of days are simply about walking that walk without fanfare or accolades.

This causes a lot of people to detour or stop the push toward their goals because “nothing is happening.” The truth is nothing is happening on the surface most of the time, but the power and consistency of the action (the steps) is building a momentum behind the scenes that will eventually manifest your dreams.

So, today keep on walking the walk even if nothing seems to be happening. Keep on doing the small, ordinary things that will one day equal the big, extraordinary dream. Let others be bored with a lack of immediate gratification for your dreams are bigger than that.

You are all the BEST!

Ray

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Evening Motivation – Never Say Die

Make never giving up a part of your DNA. Here’s the to-do list of the never-say-die mindset. It’s not the number of plans it takes. It’s the number of plans it takes to find the one that works. Dream on!

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You Have to Keep Running – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 9, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I have an absolute attitude of gratitude for everything and everyone in my life.”
(Click the affirmation to add to your mp3 player)

baseball_homeplateNationwide Insurance is currently running a series of TV ads with the phrase, “Life comes at you hard.” It’s true. Life can be a challenge sometimes.

Saturday was beautiful Spring-like day in the Kansas City area. I took my beautiful black lab Mia for a walk. We live next door the elementary school here and between us and the school is a baseball field.

There was a kickball game going on as we passed by. I paused to watch for a few minutes. It was a mix of adults, little kids, and littler kids – probably a family get-together of some kind.

As Mia and I stood there, one of the smallest kids stepped up the plate. The pitcher rolled the ball and the little boy kicked with all his might. I went to third base. The little boy was chugging down the to first base for all he was worth.

The third baseman fielded the ball and tried to hit the little boy with it to get him out. The ball missed and rolled behind first base.

At this point, chaos broke out. The little boy stopped at first momentarily and then people started yelling, “Run, run, run.” He took off for second. As he neared second, people started yelling, “Stop, stop, stop.”

Another fielder threw the ball trying to get the little boy out at second, but missed again. The ball rolled away from the fielder. Now people were yelling a mix of, “Run, run, run” and”Stop, stop, stop.”

The comedy of fielding errors continued and the little boy, no longer listening to the mixed shouts coming from the crowd, forced the issue by rounding third and heading for home.

The ball arrived to the catcher too late and he dove into home plate head first and scored.

I took this as a metaphor. The little boy, through all the chaos and the advice from the divided experts, just kept running. He wasn’t really paying attention to what the fielders were doing with the ball. He seemed to be locked in on the idea of scoring that run. He kept running!

How often, as you try to achieve your goals in life, do you have people telling you, “Do this” or “Do that”? Do you let it stop you and knock you off course or do you keep running? It’s easy to get stalled listening to the experts or worrying what “the fielders are doing with the ball.”

Life does come at you hard. There is chaos all around as you are pursuing your path.

Stay focused! Keep moving toward your dreams. I’m not saying experts can’t be helpful and I’m not saying ignore other aspects of your life. I am saying that when you have a goal or a dream your job is to keep running.

If you do, you’ll be sliding into home plate with a big score as well!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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