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!”

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A Veterans’ Day Thought – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday November 11, 2008

Today’s quote:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~ John F. Kennedy

amflag_rsToday we are commemorating Veterans’ Day. The history of this day is an interesting one. For 36 years the day was celebrated in The United States as Armistice Day. November 11 marked the day in 1918 when World War I ended. Ironically, The Armistice – the agreement that ended fighting – was signed “in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

The day was officially recognized as a holiday beginning in 1938. The bill that made Armistice Day a holiday stated that it should be, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

After World War II, some people suggested the holiday should be expanded to include all veterans. The bill establishing Veterans’ Day was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1954.

Today we remember the Veterans who risked or lost their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. The impulse to sacrifice for others is a noble one. For that sacrifice, the veterans of wars past and present deserve our respect and our thanks.

Our responsibility, as citizens, however, is to ensure that we hold our leaders to a tough definition of what constitutes legitimate uses for our armed forces. That standard has become dangerously low in an era when these decisions are made on emotion rather than reason. It has been muddied by interests whose main driver is neither the defense of the nation nor the interest of the troops, but profit pure and simple.

Our soldiers have a right to insist that we are clear on who the foe is and why they are the foe BEFORE we commit them to sacrifice. They won’t ask. They are committed to their task and to the command structure. Their love of nation compels them to act even when we have not done our job for them.

We must insist that our leaders not call for these sacrifices unnecessarily. Holding leaders accountable is our responsibility and our soldiers rely on us to do that for them.

One of the best things we can do for veterans is to do our part to create fewer of them in the future. This is our charge as citizens in a free society. The soldiers’ job is to follow orders. Our job is to make sure politicians respond to our core values.

To every veteran who reads these words, “THANK YOU”. We honor the fact that you stand ready to protect us. We must do a better job of honoring you by limiting the sacrifices we ask you to make.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Focus on What You Can Do

Today’s thought is:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~ John Wooden


I often encounter people who look at the world in horror and say, in desperation, “I want a different world, but what can one person do?” Similarly, there are people who feel powerless to change their own lives for the better. They allow what they cannot do to stop them from doing what they could do.

The problems that face us individually and collectivley can be overwhelming at times. Their enormity depresses some, makes others apathetic, and still others angry.

The amazing thing is that these same conditions inspire others to strive for something better, more complete, more empowering. The key is to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 John Wooden’s accomplishments, while not world-changing, are staggering in sports terms. He led the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years between 1964 and 1975. In that span his teams, went undefeated four times. Only one team in men’s college basketball has completed an undefeated in the 33 years since.

As a revered coach, Wooden’s words have become legendary. Today he is 97 years old. Someone who has achieved that level of success in any field and that scale of longevity bears listening to.

Coach Wooden tells us not to let what we cannot do interfere with what we can.

  • Maybe you can’t end world hunger today, but you can donate time or money to those helping to feed the hungry.
  • Maybe you can’t create a more just political system overnight, but you can collaborate with others and take steps that will get us there one day.
  • Maybe you can’t attain your financial goals today, but you can begin making the changes and taking the chances that will lead you to that goal one day.
  • Maybe your life is too filled with stress and pain to achieve complete happiness today, but you can at least beging releasing the stress and the pain so that one day you can know that happiness.
  • Maybe your dream of being a world-class dancer has to wait another year, but you can still work on perfecting the dance in preparation for that day.
  • Maybe world peace is not in the cards for humanity today, but you can create a more peaceful world through every encounter you have today.
“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took me twenty years.”
~ Monty Hall

The fact is that you may not reach the mountain top today. That does not mean you stop climbing. For these days when you worried, stressed, and strove over your goal, will be “the stuff” the dream is made of when you do achieve it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is founder of The Affirmation Spot, a website offering downloadable mp3 motivation tools.

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Proof of Our Commonality – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday July 24, 2008

 

 
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This video has gone viral on YouTube. I don’t know whether you’ve seen it or not, but it features Matt Harding who traveled to 42 countries in 14 months and recorded himself dancing – often with the locals.

The video runs 4 minutes 29 seconds and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. We really are more alike than we sometimes think.

Remember this video the next time one of the world’s power hungry dividers tries to convince you that “they” are evil. Apparently, we all love to dance, smile, and have fun. What would the world be, if we focused on those things instead of our differences?

What One Thing Would Change the World? – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday February 2, 2008


copy-of-ray_hawaii1.jpgWhat Ray’s reading right now:

A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship




drop_splash1.jpgThe Saturday Positive Thinking Survey gives readers of The Affirmation Spot an opportunity to express their views on a survey question related to positive thinking or positive change. 

This week’s topic: Positive Change in the World

This week I want to know what one thing would represent the most important change that you see is needed in the world.  What one acitivity or initiative, if undertaken, would have the most positive impact on making our world a happier and more peaceful place to live?


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This week’s three-part question:

  1. What is the one most important thing that human beings can address or do to create a more prosperous, positive, and peaceful world? 
  2. How would your goal create sweeping positive change in the world?
  3. What steps would be necessary to get your change started?

Here are some ideas, but please feel free to come up with your own.

  • World peace
  • Religious/ethnic/racial tolerance
  • Global warming
  • Economic reform
  • Space exploration
  • Religious freedom
  • Political freedom
  • Scientific advancement
  • Personal development
  • Alternative energy
  • Your own idea



Answer by by leaving your comment here.


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Be Peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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