Making the World a Better Place – Day 283 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

My world is what I make of it and I choose to make it a compassionate place to be!

Has the world gone nuts? It seems so some days. Thankfully, you need not wait for change to occur in the world. You can start right now to create a more sane and compassionate world in the ways you touch it.

The simple things are still the recipe for greater happiness.

  • Treat others with kindness even when they don’t return the favor.
  • Only use what you need.
  • Maintain a measure of mindfulness with regard to your thoughts and activities.
  • Join with others who share your hope for a better, more evolved world and take the first steps today.
  • Smile, lighten up, have fun, and enjoy your life on this beautiful world and in this marvelous Universe.

Take the Ten Commandments, The Golden Rule, the Five Precepts of Buddhism, or other ageless tenets and try living by them. Not under the commandment of any God, religious organization, or out of fear of punishment, but out of a recognition that they make rational sense and create a better world.

The philosophy you hold – Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, Hindu – is not what is ultimately important. What is important is being the most ethical, compassionate Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jew, or Buddhist you can be and the world will be a better place for it.

During his 1989 visit to Los Angeles, The Dalai Lama said, “We don’t need temple, we don’t big Cathedral. We need warmth of heart. We, each of us, have a responsibility to shape the future of humanity. So let us try and contribute as much as we can.”

You have the power right now to do the good that you see needs doing in the world. Certainly, collective action by a group is important, but your actions or inactions in your life today affect the world around you in big ways. Never underestimate yourself and your power to influence things.

  • If someone cuts you off in traffic, don’t respond with anger that puts negative energy out into the universe. That helps.
  • Not giving in to your own prejudices and weaknesses that contribute the problems in the world. That helps.
  • Going out of your way to be friendly to a stranger just because. That helps.

There is no end to what you can do that will make the world a better place.

The problems we face in the world are a result of our interpersonal conflicts and our own internal conflicts projected out onto the world. If you do not address the anger and fear you feel in your own heart you will only be bandaging the problems of the world.

With just a little effort today, you can make all the difference!

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

Ray

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5 Fred (Mister) Rogers Quotes to Start Your Day Right

You Do You – Day 278 of 365 Days to a Better You

Oscar Wilde was a 19th century social commentator known for his sharp wit and keen insights. He rivals Will Rogers in the number of approachable pieces of wisdom.

Among my favorite Wilde quotes is, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

BAM! Please, please, please don’t spend your life trying to please others. You’re not made of rubber. Don’t twist yourself into unnatural shapes trying to fit in. Never spend days, hours, or a lifetime wishing you were someone else – taller, smarter, richer, or better looking.

You’re a once-in-a-universe miracle. I think that makes you pretty damn special and worth being yourself.

Here are some original quotes and affirmations I’ve coined over the years to help inspire you to simply be you.

QUOTES

  • It costs nothing to believe in yourself and everything not to.
  • Be yourself! You bring unique gifts and perspectives to the table necessary for the very functioning of the Universe.
  • Fame? Anyone can become famous. Now, greatness – there is an aspiration!
  • Your greatness is revealed not by the lights that shine upon you, but by the light that shines within you.
  • In a world that works so hard to churn out conformity, the courage to be yourself is revolutionary.
  • See your greatness and help those around you to see theirs too.
  • Let your greatness not your doubts have the last word.
  • Lean into your greatness today.

AFFIRMATIONS

  • Right here, right now, I make a stand for who I am.
  • I may not be perfect, but I am always awesome.
  • Today I am absolutely committed to being the person I came to this planet to be!

Shine on, my friends, shine on!

Ray

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101 Ways to Use Affirmations

Affirmations are such an underutilized tool in our society. Many people mistakenly associate them with just a few areas of life – self-development, recovery, or sales. While others, see them as attempt to gloss over real struggles.

The fact is they are a simple and effective tool for improving nearly any area of your life where you want to improve or acheive.

 

Affirmations are the thought part of the equation. They must be supported by action. Remember, a mind practicing empowered thinking is much more apt to take the actions that make dreams so.

Here are 101 ways to use affirmations to get you started.

  1. Empower your thinking
  2. Empower action in your life
  3. Improve your golf swing
  4. Develop your confidence
  5. Advance your career
  6. Exceed your quota
  7. Experience more peace
  8. Win more games
  9. Become a better public speaker
  10. Become a better student
  11. Build your self-esteem
  12. Successfully battle addictions
  13. Live more happily
  14. Focus on your goals
  15. Achieve your goals
  16. Become a better musician
  17. Become a better shortstop
  18. Become a better gymnast
  19. Deepen your faith
  20. Stay motivated in the face of difficulty
  21. Improve creativity
  22. Give yourself some credit
  23. Attract a better job
  24. Become a better quarterback
  25. Become a better dancer
  26. Become a better free throw shooter
  27. Enhance your trust in yourself
  28. Enhance your trust in the Universe
  29. Enhance your trust in God
  30. Achieve more
  31. Strengthen your commitment to your relationships
  32. Improve your tennis serve
  33. Commit to and achieve weight loss
  34. Commit to an exercise program
  35. Improve your cooking
  36. Become a faster swimmer
  37. Write your best
  38. Challenge yourself
  39. Gain inspiration for your painting
  40. Build a more successful business
  41. Increase your sales
  42. Help you appreciate life
  43. Develop new skills
  44. Become a better skier
  45. Become a hockey player
  46. Become a more successful author
  47. Help you pursue your dreams of a singing career
  48. Deal with stress
  49. Handle adversity
  50. Become a better engineer
  51. Connect to your audience
  52. Pursue your acting dreams
  53. Be the best coach
  54. Start over
  55. Try something new
  56. Experience more love
  57. Feel more joy
  58. Find encouragement
  59. Encourage growth
  60. Become a better engineer
  61. Take charge of your dreams
  62. Become a better pitcher
  63. Improve your putting
  64. Envision a better life
  65. Stay organized
  66. Get more done
  67. Become a better preacher
  68. Write your great novel
  69. Paint your great painting
  70. Develop a sense of purpose
  71. Develop more wisdom
  72. Become a better volleyball player
  73. Become a better architect
  74. Age gracefully
  75. Enjoy life
  76. Become a better poet
  77. Assume leadership confidently
  78. Be your best
  79. Change direction in life
  80. Calm down
  81. Become a better lawyer
  82. See the beauty in life
  83. Become a better teacher
  84. Appreciate nature
  85. Remind you that you have choices
  86. Get control of your finances
  87. Become a better salesperson
  88. Make more time for you
  89. Succeed more often
  90. Become a stronger person
  91. Become a better manager
  92. Inspire others
  93. Make a difference
  94. Become a better right fielder
  95. Improve your gardening
  96. Make time for leisure
  97. Achieve relaxation
  98. Become a better police officer
  99. Attract business opportunities
  100. Make peace with money
  101. Fine-tune practically any skill

Stay inspired!

Ray

Eight Adversity Affirmations

Into every life a little rain must fall. What separates successful and happy people? They don’t let that inevitable adversity stop them or derail their dreams. These affirmations help you stay strong in moments like that.

The lesson to be learned from struggle and adversity is not that we can’t. It’s that we CAN even when things are difficult.

  1. I AM bigger than my adversity!
  2. Moment by moment, brick by brick, I am building a life full of things more important than my problems.
  3. I struggle, but I grow. I fall, but I get up. Even amid adversity, I succeed and I prosper!
  4. Even in adversity, I succeed and I thrive!
  5. Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned!
  6. My adversity is my fuel!
  7. Today’s defeats are fertilizing tomorrow’s victories!
  8. Even in adversity, I shine bright as the full moon on a cloudless night.

Ray

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14 Motivational Marianne Williamson Quotes

Before she became a presidential candidate earlier this year, Marianne Williamson had a long career as a spiritual author, speaker, and activist. In short, she’s spent her adult life taking action to make the world, as she affects it, and the people around her better.

I first became aware of her work in the early 1990s, after seeing an amazing appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been a voice of moral conscience and consoler in moments of national tragedy from 9/11 to school shootings.

Whatever happens in her run for the White House, whether she secures the nomination or not, I hope the next president will make use Marianne’s unique voice and gifts to help our nation find its way forward.

Here are 10 of her most powerful quotes to call out the best in you today.

  1. A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
  2. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
  3. Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
  4. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
  5. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
  6. The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
  7. It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
  8. And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
  9. Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. 
  10. Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Noting limits you except your fears. And nothing controls you except your beliefs.
  11. You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
  12. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  13. Success means going to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that serves others.
  14. Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Fund your peace and everything will fall into place.”

Stay inspired, my friends. See your greatness and help those around you see theirs too.

Ray

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8 Selfless Things You Can Do Today – Day 268 of 365 Days to a Better You

Every day, if you look, provides numerous opportunities to do something selfless. Here are eight selfless things you could probably in less than an hour today.

  1. YELP review – did you recently have great experience with a local business? Take a few minutes to write a glowing review for them on YELP.
  2. Plug someone’s work – retweet, share, or recommend a creative person’s work. It could be an author, a podcaster, an artist, a singer, or another blogger. Social media makes this so easy. Liking is nice, but if you really appreciate someone’s work, share it with the world.
  3. Give the best tip – next time you’re at a restaurant and get great service or see that someone’s working hard but having a tough day, make their day. Don’t just give them the standard 15 percent. Reward them with the best tip they’re likely to get all day.
  4. Share your parking space – we’ve all felt the frustration of trying to find a parking space in a busy parking lot. Find a way to make someone’s day by helping them get your spot when you leave.
  5. Go the extra mile – when someone asks for a favor or needs your help, give them a little more then they asked for. Give a little extra. People will be surprised a $ appreciative.
  6. Good regifting – when it’s your birthday or even Christmas, ask people to skip the gift for you and give it to a great cause. Facebook has made this super simple.
  7. Appreciation– who gets enough appreciation in this world? Almost every day, I pick 3-5 people – at work, on social media, or in my personal life -and I tell them how much I appreciate what they do and what how much value it brings to everyone.
  8. Set the example – help other people be more generous by setting an example. Research shows other people are more willing to do something kind for the next person when they’ve received a kindness. Start the ripple that becomes a wave.

Most of all, be aware. Opportunities to be selfless present themselves all the time. “When you see a chance”, as the old Steve Winwood song says, “take it.”

Make today your best day yet this week! I love you all!

Ray

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