Midday Motivation – Will Smith & FDR

little-boy-1635065_640Franklin Roosevelt famously said in his 1933 Inauguration Speech, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Fear is the one thing that stops us most from pursuing our dreams and stepping out beyond the tribe. It’s not fear of failure, but that fear that paralyzes and convinces us it’s not a good idea before we even try.

Will Smith is, of course, famous as one of the biggest movie stars in the world. In recent years, he’s embarked on sharing the motivational tips that helped him attain that status. In this video, he describes a situation we may or may never face. However, I think you’ll find it applicable to any challenge you’re facing and fearing right now.

I won’t be posting again this evening! Everyone have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and I will talk to you again soon.

Ray

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60% Say Depression Likely – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday October 8, 2008

“Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.”
~ Brian Tracy

A weekend CNN Poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe a 1930s style depresssion is “somewhat likely” or “very likely”. As we enter the troubled financial waters ahead, we really need to watch our thoughts.

Remember the power of our thoughts can work for our benefit or our detriment. Our mental expectations can worsen an already difficult situation, if we are not careful. Certainly, we do not want to become delusionally positive and pretend there are not issues. That approach denotes the downside to positive thinking.

Rather, we need to keep our wits about us and remain calm. There are always opportunities for growth and advancement in any situation. There are lessons to be learned that may benefit us greatly down the line.

Most of all, we need to visualize a better outcome than depression. If our minds begin to settle on that outcome, we will find a way to make it come true. Beware of attempts to plant those kinds of images in your mind.

“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

If we believe a depression is on the way, we will have a depression. If we are focused on bringing about something more positive, that is what we will experience.

Our thoughts are critical in determining what is to come. Fear and panic are contagious viruses. Depressions are built on them and cannot occur in their absence.

Our life in the near future – as always – will only be as good as we expect.

“Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demands of our natures.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Stay inspired!

Ray