“Mahomes” Your Success – Day 252 of 365 Days to a Better You

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

Some say Wayne Gretzky said it. Some say Michael Jordan. Regardless of who said it, there’s a lot of wisdom in this simple quote. The odds may be stacked against you and chances of success may be slim, but taking the shot still gives you better odds than not.

It’s a great time to be a lifelong (suffering) Kansas City Chiefs fan. Last year the Chiefs unleashed a phenomenon on the NFL – young quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

People are ooing and awwing over Mahomes and the numbers he’s put up so quickly. I think I’ve uncovered at least part of his secret – he’s not afraid to take the shot.

Even at the NFL level, most quarterbacks and coaches prefer to play it safe. They dink and dunk down the field and that’s kind of been NFL offenses for almost 30 years. Few NFL quarterbacks take more than one or two real shots down the field in a game. Mahomes has been known to do it three or four times in a single drive.

Sometimes he misses or bad things happens but by giving himself chances few other NFL quarterbacks will take, he also finds amazing success. Sure it helps to have one of the best arms around and he has some amazing receivers.

I’m telling you, though, it’s more about the mental side of the game and taking your shote than the physical. The Chiefs’ previous quarterback Alex Jones was a case in point. He was a very competent NFL quarterback. His record as a starter in the NFL is amazing. He’s probably get you to the playoffs seven years out of ten. He, like 90 percent of starting NFL quarterbacks, was rarely willing to take those shots. Something bad might happen. So, he missed 100 percent of those opportunities.

If Mahomes hits two or three of those long passes a game, he’s given his team an advantage few others are even willing to try to match.

Powerhack: Ok. How does Patrick Mahomes’ long scoring plays help you? Think about this related to the opportunities in your life. The average NFL scoring drive is about 10 plays. There’s far more risk of something negative happening over 10 plays than on one play. People don’t take that into account. Mahomes’ approach is big risk, big reward.

Send the opportunities in your life long. Let the pass fly and see what happens! You are going to throw some interceptions and incompletions. It’s OK. You’re also going to score more easy touchdowns that people unwilling to take those chances.

Mahomes frequently puts a couple touchdowns on the other team before they’re warmed up. What could that do for your business, your sales, your life?

He’s only 24 years old, but young Patrick Mahomes fearless, go big approach is a lesson for us all.

If no one else has told you today, YOU ARE AWESOME! Thanks for reading. Please share with a friend if this post spoke to you.

Ray

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Influencing Others – Day 245 of 365 Days to a Better You

The fact is every one of us is a salesperson. Some of you just cringed at the thought. Here’s what I mean. We live in a world that runs on ideas. We all have them, but whose ideas get implemented and become a part of reality? Just being honest, it’s the people who can influence or persuade others – making us all, yep, sales people.

Arizona State professor and renowned business speaker, Robert Cialdini, is one of the great researchers and teachers on this topic. He’s identified principles that can help anyone become more persuasive and influential in their circles. For many years, he taught six principles. In 2016, he shared that he had identified a seventh.

They are:

  1. Reciprocity
  2. Scarcity
  3. Authority
  4. Consistency
  5. Liking
  6. Consensus
  7. Unity

Here’s a great video explaining the first six principles.

Here’s great article outlining the seventh principle.

It’s important to understand. These principles are not meant to manipulate people. They’re meant to take advantage of the way people make decisions to help you increase your chances of influencing others.

It takes some time to understand and apply these, but this could be your new super power.

Stay AWESOME and have a fantastic day!

Ray

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July 16 Affirmations

I am going to begin semi-regular topical affirmations of the day posts. These will be affirmations in several popular categories all in one post. If there is a category you’d like to see added for future posts, please leave a comment.

May at least one of these hit the spot for you today!

Stay inspired!

Ray

  • Wealth Affirmation: As my mind expands and expects wealth in my life, my wallet opens to receive it.
  • Career Affirmation: Today is day! The job of my dreams is coming my way!
  • Business Affirmation: Today and every day, I build my business on the foundations of integrity, determination, and vision.
  • Sales Affirmation: I am the very embodiment of a sales professional. Customers are attracted to that and buy what I’m selling.
  • Health Affirmation: My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me.
  • Gym Affirmation: Step by step and rep by rep, I am building my ideal body.
  • Recovery Affirmation: Moment by moment and brick by brick, I am building a life of things more important than my addiction.
  • Spiritual Affirmation: My connection to spirit (God, the Universe) is stronger than ever before!
  • Relationship Affirmation: When I am ready my ideal relationship appears. I am ready today!
  • Writer Affirmation: Whenever I meet a blank page amazing things happen!
  • Education Affirmation: Today I release my mental blocks to taking tests and ace them instead!
  • Nature Affirmation: The Earth is an amazing blessing and every day I find ways to appreciate it.

Metta: Turning Your Positivity Outward – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday September 3, 2008

Step one in creating a positive world is to become more positive within. Our own ability to create a more peaceful, centered self helps us contribute that kind energy in the world. Step two is to radiate that positive energy out into the world. One ancient practice allows us to do both simultaneously.

Some of my readers may be familiar with the meditation practice known as Metta. Metta is a Pali word generally translated into English as “lovingkindness”. The word itself is derived from the ancient Sanskrit word Maitri.

Metta was first practiced by Buddhists, but the meditation has become popular with many other people for its ability to create a strong sense of well-being. While a standard seated position with legs crossed and back straight is recommended for meditation, you can easily do Metta sitting comfortably or even lying. Any position is fine as long as you can maintain focused attention.

Metta meditation is an active meditation. Its purpose is to develop positive mental states within and then expand those positive mental states out into the world in concentric circles. Metta meditation is believed to create a peaceful environment and well, for lack of a better phrase, “positive vibes” in an area.

The practice wisely recognizes that you cannot spread peace, love, or kindness into the world until you have created it within yourself. Metta meditation begins with the self. The meditator usually quietly repeats or thinks a phrase (an affirmation) similar to:

“May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be free from suffering.”

This continues until the meditator feels this assurance rising within. You want to continue until you reach the point where the phrase feels like:

“I AM happy. I AM peaceful. I AM free from suffering.”

If you are starting from a place of great distress in your life, you might spend several meditation sessions focused strictly bringing these feelings into reality for you. That’s OK. Keep at it and soon you will experience these feelings more rapidly.

Having developed a sense of peace and loving-kindness within; you are now ready to share it with the world. Next, you focus on the person closest to you in your life – a spouse, a child, a parent. This is because this person is the next easiest person for you to feel these feelings towards.

Transition to a phrase such as:

“May April be happy. May April be peaceful. May April be free from suffering.”

As you say these words about your loved one, feel yourself sending these feelings of affection to him or her as you visualize them. Move on when you feel you have completely embraced your loved one with these thoughts.

Repeat this process through the following stages:

  1. You
  2. Closest loved one (someone you love deeply)
  3. Friend (someone you feel positive towards)
  4. Acquaintance (neutral feelings towards)
  5. Difficult person (someone you have negative feelings towards)
  6. Enemy (someone you have strong negative feelings towards)
  7. The world

You can include as many people as you wish, but maintain at least this minimal pattern.

When you practice Metta regularly you begin to develop a more constant state of lovingkindness towards yourself and the world around you.

Back in my sales days, I used to include customers I knew I would be calling the next day. I cannot tell you how many times meetings, presentations, and closes went far more smoothly than expected after Metta meditations.

Metta is a way to take the positive you are developing within you and spread it out into the world. You may experience a new sense of peace for you, see old tensions with people in your life fade away, and even break down barriers with your most persistent “enemies”.

You might even use the practice to dispel negative thoughts and feelings or develop a greater capacity for acceptance.

I’m sharing this with you today because I have not practiced Metta regularly for several years. The benefits are so apparent I cannot imagine why. I am going to take up the practice and I hope you might consider it too. Along with affirmations, Metta brought me up from some pretty low times.

I know it can add value to your life and help you turn your positivity outward.

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

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Phelps’ 7th Gold Medal a Reminder to All – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday August 16, 2008

It’s amazing what you can learn watching the Olympics. Michael Phelps’ drive towards eight gold medals has been a veritable life lesson for us all. Sunday night we were all reminded that even great people in great pursuits need others to help them succeed.

“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”

~ often attributed to Harry S. Truman

Phelps’ 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay teammate Jason Lezak kept Phelps’ dream alive when he improbably overcame a huge deficit against the world’s top 100-meter freestyler.

Friday night Phelps was aiming for gold medal #7 – the one that would tie Mark Spitz’s single Olympics record – and again the life lessons flowed.

Phelps was favored in the 100-meter butterfly, but after so many swims he has to be feeling it. At the 50 meter turn, Phelps found himself in seventh place out of eight swimmers. Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic – Phelps’ leading competitor in the race – had the lead and appeared poised to upset Phelps and deny history. The race seemed to belong to Cavic with 10 meters remaining.

As they approached the wall, Cavic glided and Phelps pushed forward with one last stroke. He touched the wall 1/100th of a second ahead of Cavic.

So? It’s just another swimming race, right? Yes, but there was a lesson in there. We live in a culture where we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. Women compare their figures with models and movie stars in magazines and magazines encourage it. We compare our cars with our neighbor’s car. We compare our results with others. There is almost never a time we are not comparing something about us or our lives with someone else.

Comparing robs us of energy and can sidetrack us. We start worrying about what is fair. This thinking is counterproductive in pursuing our goals. We are here to run our own race, not worry about the race others are running.

Who knows what was really going through Cavic’s mind as he neared the wall. Perhaps he was gliding because he thought he had victory. Meanwhile, Phelps was just running (um swimming) his race.

When we run our race we put the blinders on and forget about the medals, the credit, the fame, or the financial reward we may be seeking. Those things will sort themselves out later. During the race we are all about the race and pushing towards that wall.

Whether you are a sales professional or a writer; an athlete or a student; a scientist or a clerk you must run your own race and – this is critical – allow others the run theirs. Focus your energy. Be all about the race. Never assume you have it until you touch that wall.

That’s what Michael Phelps did. You may not win every time, but your success will be far greater than if you are constantly looking around to see where others are in comparison.

Great swim website featuring blogs and profiles by many leading swimmers:

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Stay inspired!

Ray