Affirmations Are Like Free Throws

Good morning, fellow affirmers!

Wherever you live in our world in 2022. you probably are familiar with the game of basketball. In North America, it’s been one of the four major sports for well over 100 years. The rest of the world has come around to it in recent decades.

If you’re familiar with the game, you’re familiar with free throws. During regular play, players guard each other, but free throws are shot when a player is fouled. If you’re a soccer/football fan, it’s like a penalty and a free kick.

How is an affirmation like a free throw? Three ways.

  1. They both are a break from “regular play.”
  2. They both require focus.
  3. They both require a lot of practice and repetition.

During a typical day, you’re exposed to a myriad of thoughts and ideas that aren’t your own and may not support your goals and aspirations. The news has opinions. Your boss has opinions. Your friends have opinions. Your family has opinions. Every one is constantly pouring disjointed and distracting information to your vacuum of consciousness and your mind readily absorbs it.

Affirmations are a break from that constant deluge. They are a way to put information, ideas, and thoughts into your mind that support you – your well-being and your aspirations.

They both require focus. Many great basketball are mediocre free throw shooters. They can fall-away 20-footers with a hand in their face, but they can’t make an unguarded shot because they lack focus.

Your mind has been unconsciously absorbing thoughts that don’t serve you day in and Fay out for decades. Consciously focusing, especially at first, makes a huge difference with new affirmations. Whether read, listen, or say them, give them the focus that will help you succeed.

The last comparison, and maybe the most important, is practice and repetition. Even with great focus, great free throw shooters practice incessantly. Through repetition, they develop the muscle memory to make free throws practically automatically.

People often wonder why they are asked to use affirmations over and over. It’s because they are different from hearing a fact. A fact is something you hear once and you know it.

Affirmations have a different goal. You’re not repeating until you know it. You’re repeating until they replace old negative thought patterns that have enjoyed years of unconscious repetition in your mind.

You must practice and repeat affirmations over and over until that mental muscle memory forms that makes them your dominant thoughts no matter what els3 you’re exposed to during the day.

I’ve been using affirmations for 30 years. When you thin’ of them like free throws, they become an effective tool in you achieving the life you seek.

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember this. You’re a one-in-a-trillion miracle.

Put your mind on your side!

Ray

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Affirmation for Saturday July 2, 2022

Happy Saturday, my friends!

The past. They say there’s no escaping the past. It’s always with us. What matters is how you use it because, as this affirmation reminds us, it got us where you are.

If your NOW is amazing, then bless and honor the past that brought you here. If you’re NOW is a struggle, decide, starting right now, that you’ll learn from the past that brought you here and use it as a catalyst to change what comes next for you.

You may not be able to change the past, but you need not remain stuck there. Choose a higher trajectory for your future and honor your past for giving you the wisdom and that choice to change.

Put your mind on your side.

Ray

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101 Uses for Affirmations

Today’s Affirmation

Whatever goal or dream I choose to pursue, I find success.

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.”

~Louise Hay

Affirmations are such an underutilized tool in our society. Many people have mistakenly associated them with just a few areas of life – self-development, recovery, or sales. 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.

Ray

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  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

Confidence, Choices, Chances Affirmation for Friday July 1, 2022

Good morning, my friends! Hope you’re ready to close out this week strong and a special wish for a Happy July 4th weekend to my American readers.

My latest video affirmation strikes a tone of defiant confidence about facing the new day, while reminding us that choices and chances are crossroads where all the magic happens in our lives.

I hope you enjoy it and find benefit for you in repeated listening. I’d also appreciate a like and feedback on YouTube, if you’re so inclined.

Have a fantastic day and remember, just in case no one else reminds you today, you are amazing!

Ray

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10 Reasons For Optimism Today

10 Reasons for Optimism on Any Morning

Start your morning positive and optimistic. In this brief video, I lay out 10 reasons anyone can use to begin their day with optimism today. They can all apply to you in your life either as something you recognize in your life today or something you can initiate in your life.

Your day starts with your morning and your morning is decided by your thoughts, especially those spots speaking to your WHY.

Wherever you are on your journey remember how amazing you are.

Put your mind on your side!

Ray

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