Are You Pole-Vaulting in Quick Sand?

Today’s Affirmation:

“I succeed by helping my clients succeed.”
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pole_vault1The image is rather humorous to imagine, isn’t it? Picture a pole-vaulter racing down the track and planting his pole in a vat of quick sand to launch. What do you think would happen?

Yet many of us do that every day. Our careers, businesses, and personal lives are a lot like a pole-vaulting competition. As we progress, someone keeps moving the bar higher each time. Have we set a firm foundation for success?

The pole represents the actions we take to “vault” over our goals. Our thoughts are the foundation we use to launch. If our thoughts are like quick sand – not empowering and supportive of our goals – then no amount of action is going to get us where we want to go. We have to have a solid foundation from which to launch our activity.

Unfortunately, establishing and maintaining success-generating thoughts is not a “once and done” proposition.

Henry David Thoreau once wrote:

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Here are some simple steps to help you create a firm mental foundation for your actions.

  • Add Thinking Time – Many people forget to account for time to think, imagine, and dream. When you start a new project or create an action or business plan add “thinking time” into your time line as the first step. Thinking before you act creates a firm foundation for success.
  • Empower Your Thinking – Now that you’ve added thinking time focus on creating the kinds of thoughts that support your plans, goals, and dreams. Elevate your strengths and abilities and reduce focus on negatives and naysayers. Harness the power of your thinking to propel you forward rather than hold you back.
  • Rinse and Repeat – Keep the positive, empowered thoughts coming. As you move forward, you may encounter doubts or headwinds.  Your thoughts are a critical buffer to keep you going. Many, many people give up as soon as the obstacles appear because their thoughts have not prepared them to handle it. Stay focused on your mental game to keep your edge and weather storms.
  • Grow and Change – Even power thoughts can be misdirected. The point is not to beat your head against an unmovable wall. That is stubbornness not success. An empowered thinker is constantly reevaluating and adjusting course to keep steering towards the goal. Sometimes the goal even changes through the process. Be adaptable and ready transition your thoughts to support the new goal.

Particularly in the current environment, your thoughts are your life-line to keep you going. Make sure they are rock solid and not quick sand. The bottom line is that the first step to any achievement is an empowered thought. The secret to sustained success is constant maintenance of your thinking.

Make getting your thoughts empowered, aligned, and on board the first step in every action plan or business plan you create. Don’t try to pole-vault in quick sand.

Think It! Believe It! Do It! Be It!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Being A Rock to Others in Tough Times – The Affirmation Spot for Monday February 9, 2009

Today’s affirmation:

“I have the strength to be a light in this world and to make a positive impact on everyone I encounter today. May I see no one as too important or too unimportant to offer a smile or a kind word.”

rock_bouldersThere’s no way around it we are traversing some challenging times right now. Major companies are announcing layoffs almost every day. Our leaders and the media use words like “catastrophe” to describe what is happening.

How can we stay positive and help those around us stay positive in these times?

You can be a rock to the people around you by carrying a smile on your face, looking people in the eye, and listening with interest and concern. Remember that everyone, regardless of their apparent position, is in the same boat – in this economy and in life.

Little things really make a difference right now. Make it a point to give your family members or your co-workers some undivided attention, if they feel like they need to talk.

Be the person who reassures them that things are working out for the best. Be the person who reminds them change is not good or bad, just different. Be the person who reminds them they have great things – maybe undiscovered – within them that are going to be given an opportunity to shine in this environment.

By being rock to others, you strengthen your own mindset and shift the focus from your concerns to possible solutions and opportunities. Economies are cyclical like the seasons of the Earth.

Dollars, Euros, and Yen are just representations of wealth. The true currency we deal in is the currency of the heart. In these difficult times, make it a point loan as much of that currency as you are able. Spread it around to those less able than you to see the positives and the possibilities right now.

There is only one thing that is permanent in this life. It is neither triumph nor defeat. They are both temporary labels we place on events. The only truly permanent thing is possibility and the world is as ripe with it as it was six months ago.

Keep that in mind. Share it with others. Be a rock in tough times.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Why You? Why Not You? – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday February 5, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am the engine for my dreams. My dreams never give up on me and I never give up on them.”
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raised_arms_horizonI was exchanging emails with a friend yesterday. We share in common the goal to become published authors. I was encouraging her to push forward with a manuscript she has developed.

We all have dreams and goals. What holds us back from achieving them? In every instance, someone is going to achieve our goals. Why not us?

This conversation got me thinking. Every week there is a New York Times Best Seller List  released. Every week, like clock work, the list is filled with authors and their bestsellers. There is never a week when the list comes out empty with a message reading, “Sorry there are no bestsellers this week.”

Someone is going to be on that list. Why not you?

The last time I checked there are 25 roster spots on every Major League baseball team. Not one baseball season has been cancelled because there were no players to fill the rosters.

Someone is going to be on those rosters. Why not you?

There is no legal limit to the number of millionaires in the world. I’ve never read an article in the paper saying that all the millionaire slots have been taken for the year.

Someone is going to become a millionaire this year. Why not you?

Maybe your thing is about making a difference in the world. Is your goal to protect the environment, help the hungry, or create peace in the world?

There is no lack of need; only a lack of people willing to commit their lives to creating that change. Why not you?

Somewhere, right now, people are creating the loving, mutually beneficial relationship you want in your life. There is no shortage of people looking for the same thing.

People are finding that kind of love every day. Why not you? 

The world is full of opportunities and situations that are calling for your very particular and unique gifts and abilities. Whether you go for it or not, someone else will.

They will write your book, play your shortstop position with the Red Sox, become the next millionaire, or change the world for the better. They will do it because they did one thing you haven’t yet done. They took committed action with a suspended sense of disbelief.

They stayed with it in those moments when it appeared as though failure was going to swamp their dreams. The journey to every dream has that dark moment of truth when the whole enterprise teeters on the brink of success or failure.

The people doing the things you want to do remembered it is darkest right before the dawn. They did the little things every day that added up to big results at the end of the day.

There is one question you have to answer before you answer, “Why not me?”

That question is, “Why me?”

Why should I be the next bestselling author? Why should I be the one to change the dynamics of world hunger? Clarify and strengthen the answer to that question every day.  As you do, you are generating a confident mission statement that is laying the ground work for the actions needed to succeed. Make your answer a resounding one that the world cannot ignore.

When you have the answer and voice it regularly and confidently you’re on your way! The best news of all is that it is never too late. If you’re reading this, you still have what it takes to make it happen!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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

Imagination and Curiosity – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday February 3, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am a visionary. I set trends and others follow.”
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albert_einstein“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
~ Albert Einstein

Einstein’s genius was in following his curiosity and using his imagination to see things never before conceived. He was a master of “Thought Experiments”. Some things like the relativity of objects in the universe were not testable in the everyday world in which we live.

He had to open his mind and his soul to see possibilities where there was only emptiness….literally giving birth to new ideas out of the cosmic void.

The famous story about his Theory of Relativity is that he imagined himself riding on a beam of light and “saw” time slow as he approached light speed.

Einstein was willing to follow his curiosity and throw out all the ideas that had gone before in order to create a new vision of life. Because of that his ideas have profoundly shaped the world in which we all now live, not mention our conception of it.

Now imagine, if you will, that each of us has within us the potential to allow our curiosity and imagination to take us new places beyond the horizons of even our most amazing dreams….opening up new vistas for ourselves and the whole world.

What would you do with such a power, if you had it? This power is not the sole province of the so-called geniuses of the world. It is a power that lies within each of us – within you. Release it……have some fun with it…..change your world with it.

Imagination and curiosity are powerful tools. Have you ever stopped to wonder why you imagine certain things or why certain things make you curious. It could be a message that you need to explore those possibilities. Don’t let the the fact that they don’t seem “real” stop you. Relativity was not “real” when Einstein discovered it.

“Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Which do you choose to be?

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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Random Thoughts #9 – The Affirmation Spot for Monady February 2, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“Aging gracefully…I am aging gracefully. I am gladly trading youth for wisdom.”
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Life is a fragile thing – yes – but an incredibly powerful tool in the hands of an able artist. If you are such an artist – and you are -, remain true to your passions and follow your bliss. When you do so you will be rewarded with experiences that put your wildest dreams to shame.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

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