Are You an Extraordinary Thinker?

“You see yourself as average, ordinary. And there is nothing ordinary about you, Rachel.”

~Emily Griffin, Something Borrowed

world musicDo you see yourself as average, ordinary, middle-of-the-pack? A lot of people see themselves that way and are perfectly content with it. Just always know that it is a belief, not a fact. You can shift from ordinary to extraordinary any time you choose.

You are extraordinary. It’s right there beneath that ordinary facade. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. You sense that there is something extraordinary within you and you are ready to unleash it in your life and, yet, you don’t.

A big part of it is shifting your paradigms from those that support ordinariness to those that promote the extraordinary in you.

Here are 16 paradigm-shifting distinctions between ordinary mindsets and extraordinary ones. Keep these posted somewhere that you can see them during your day. When you catch yourself thinking ordinary, you can instantly change to extraordinary.

  1. Ordinary thinkers are fear-driven. Extraordinary thinkers are love-driven.
  2. Ordinary thinkers believe they are victims of fate. Extraordinary thinkers know they are choosers of destiny.
  3. Ordinary thinkers approve the status quo. Extraordinary thinkers improve the status quo.
  4. Ordinary thinkers strive to be cool. Extraordinary thinkers strive to be themselves.
  5. Ordinary thinkers are tenant farmers in the paradigms provided by others. Extraordinary thinkers are constantly planting new and exciting paradigms in their lives and in the world.
  6. Ordinary thinkers trust experts. Extraordinary thinkers listen to experts, but trust themselves.
  7. Faced with adversity, ordinary thinkers give up. Faced with adversity, extraordinary thinkers give more.
  8. Ordinary thinkers expect little and receive it. Extraordinary thinkers expect much and receive it.
  9. Ordinary thinkers employ labels. Extraordinary thinkers seek understanding.
  10. Ordinary thinkers believe in chances. Extraordinary thinkers believe in choices.
  11. Ordinary thinkers think life happens to them. Extraordinary thinkers know life happens through them.
  12. Ordinary thinkers allow their doubts to rule them. Extraordinary thinkers allow their dreams to rule them.
  13. Ordinary thinkers believe one setback can stop everything. Extraordinary thinkers know one great idea can change everything.
  14. Ordinary thinkers conceive the world as “Us” vs. “Them”. Extraordinary thinkers see only we.
  15. Ordinary thinkers are comforted by easy answers. Extraordinary thinkers dare hard questions.
  16. Ordinary thinkers conform to the tribe. Extraordinary thinkers transform the tribe.

Let us all commit to extraordinary thinking today. Ordinary thinkers become extraordinary thinkers every day. Why not you? The hero you’re waiting for is waiting for you in the mirror.

Find your bliss. Follow your bliss. Become your bliss.

 

Ray

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

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay’s 2015 speculative fiction novel, Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation, is turning heads. Where did humanity really come from and where is it going? This is Book 1 of a trilogy. The Awakening has begun!

Learn more about the trilogy and order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com.

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We Still Have a Dream

Today’s Affirmation:

I believe in the future of humanity. I believe our species’ most prosperous, peaceful, and enlightened times are ahead. I am living my life in a way that turns that belief into reality.

mlk_washington_mallToday I am recognizing the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. As has become tradition on this blog, I am doing so by posting the video of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963.

2015 was a brutal year, in many ways, for racial harmony in America. The tragic actions of a few, combined with a media all too ready to seize an opportunity to divide us, left us all wondering how we put the pieces back together and find justice, peace, and the vision to create a better future for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.

While Dr. King’s speech was aimed at the specific circumstances in The United States in the early 1960s, its message is timeless and transcendent. The speech’s contemporary appeal is attributable to universal message of hope for a better world and a better us. It dares each of to look into our hearts and measure ourselves according to a clear and powerful vision of what can be – what must become – on this planet.

I think its message is worthwhile to periodically watch, absorb, and share with those too young to remember those times and too young to yet understand our times.

It is a message that needs to be heard in Israel and Gaza, Pakistan and India, Iraq and Afghanistan, and, yes, in the halls of power in Washington, London, Moscow, Beijing, and at the UN in New York. It’s a message that needs to be heard in our homes, in our places of worship, and in our hearts.

Nothing is more certain than that the people of this planet long and deserve to be free. They long to be free to pursue their goals, their dreams in their way.

In too many places, man’s inhumanity to man remains the rule of the day. Let us – all six billion of us – heed Dr. King’s wise words. Let us create a new dream where we learn live in peaceful disagreement and a spirit of sharing rather than in mutual disrespect, anger, and conflict . Let us create a world where we work together to bring about justice.

Then, we too, can say, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty. We’re fee at last.”

Watch it here.

Stay in your truth!

Ray

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

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay’s 2015 speculative fiction novel, Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation, is turning heads. Where did humanity really come from and where is it going? This is Book 1 of a trilogy. The Awakening has begun!

Learn more about the trilogy and order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com.

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Planting Mindful Seeds

Ray originally wrote this article for EzineArticles.com in 2007.

path_in_the_woodsThere is a famous saying, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed.” Big things often have small beginnings.

Each day is a new opportunity and anything is always possible. Each day we are planting seeds in the orchard of our future. We choose whether we do it mindfully or mindlessly. If we act with wisdom, one day we will wake to find ourselves in an orchard of sweet ripe apples. If we proceed mindlessly, we may find ourselves in an orchard full of sour apples or worse a dead field. The choice is ours with each seed we plant.

The human beings now inhabiting this planet have planted many mindless seeds. The only way out of the current situation is to take today as a new day and begin planting the seeds of the future more mindfully.

Simplistic? No, simple. Naive? Naiveté is the habit of hopelessly believing in the impossible. A different world is possible if we begin tending to our orchards more thoughtfully. We arrived where we are through our choices and we can achieve something far greater if that is our choice. Compared to what we have now, how can it be anything but the first step in the right direction?

It is time for evolved people everywhere to step to the fore and move a sane and peaceful process forward where peace and not hatred is the primary crop. Some argue that peace is not possible in this world. To them, I can only say that as long as their view predominates; they will be correct. However, the moment humans are ready to accept the possibility of a peaceful world, it will become our reality.

Stay in your truth!

Ray

Stay in your truth!

Ray

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

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay’s 2015 speculative fiction novel, Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation, is turning heads. Where did humanity really come from and where is it going? This is Book 1 of a trilogy. The Awakening has begun!

Learn more about the trilogy and order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com.

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58 Things We Can All Be Grateful For

Today’s Affirmation:

My life is filled with one positive experience after another. I make use of every experience in my growth.

Here are 58 things to be thankful for. Some may seem counter-intuitive. However, even the negative sometimes is worthy of our thankfulness. I’ve probably left some off my list. Leave a comment today and let me know what you are thankful for.

  1. Sun – without it’s warmth and light we could not exist.
  2. Earth – the beautiful planet that sustains us.
  3. Water – the sauce of life.
  4. Life – each and every morning we wake up is a new chance to be the person we want to be.
  5. Shelter – something to shield us from the elements.
  6. Children – the happy nature and innocence of children remind us how we are meant to be.
  7. Food – an absolute blessing for those who struggle for it and something to be more appreciative of for those of us who never worry about our next meal.
  8. Faith – our faith in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
  9. Minds – the power to think, to reason, to grow, and to adapt.
  10. Lines – for making us slow down and enjoy where we are.
  11. Compassion – for getting over ourselves to consider and understand someone else.
  12. Hope – reminds us there is a potential upside to every situation.
  13. Giving – when we give we remember that nothing truly belongs to us and it frees us from our attachments.
  14. Receiving – the opportunity to have our needs met while allowing others to give.
  15. Fear – for teaching us love, strength, and humility.
  16. Work – whether a career, a hobby, or community work; the sense that we have something to do when we get up in the morning is something to be thankful for.
  17. Sleep – for providing a way to rest the body.
  18. Friendship – those people who choose to spend key parts of their lives with us.
  19. Family – those people we wound up with by fate, but stay with out of love.
  20. Anger – for teaching us the benefits of peace.
  21. Peace – peace within and as much peace without as we can muster.
  22. Sight – the ability to see the beautiful world we inhabit.
  23. Love – the glue that holds us together.
  24. Difficulty – for making us strong and giving us something to compare with the heights.
  25. Stars – the wonder and glory of the night sky.
  26. Hatred – for reminding us to love (may we need ever-less reminding)
  27. Surprises – the wonderful things in life that we didn’t expect.
  28. Visionaries – people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be.
  29. Change – the ever-present possibility of improving ourselves and the world.
  30. Purpose – the plan to achieve something in this life and the firm belief that you can.
  31. Wind – a source of comfort, energy, and a metaphor for change.
  32. Music – the soundtrack of our lives.
  33. Possibility – the memory that something more and different is out there.
  34. Today – an opportunity to make the most of what we have.
  35. Tomorrow – the hoped for opportunity to continue our dreams.
  36. Sorrow – for making joy possible.
  37. Joy – the deep and intense happiness about being alive.
  38. Freedom – the ability to think, act, and be who you are.
  39. Acceptance – the ability be at peace with how things are for the moment.
  40. Learning – the opportunity to enhance our potential.
  41. Success – the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our work.
  42. Adversity – for reminding us how strong we can be.
  43. Grass – for carpeting our planet and being a nice place to lie and look at the sky.
  44. Soil – a medium to grow food and plants.
  45. Moon – the most beautiful object in the night sky and the timepiece marking our lives through its phases.
  46. Innovation – for improving our experience of life.
  47. Dreams – the fuel that drives us through tough times and gives a reason to aim high.
  48. Options – the ability to choose.
  49. Sharing – the opportunity to pool our talents and resources.
  50. Flowers – they add beautiful sights and smells to our world.
  51. Clouds – for bringing the rain that cleanses and for helping me appreciate the sunshine.
  52. Mountains – they provide beauty, challenge, and the ability to see a long way.
  53. Oceans – beauty, unimaginable power, source of life and transportation.
  54. Competition – the opportunity to test ourselves and to improve.
  55. History – for teaching us the lessons we need to learn over and over until we get them.
  56. Future – for giving us the opportunity to try again.
  57. Death – for reminding us of life’s value.
  58. Meaning – the search for which makes our lives the journey that they are.

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.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay’s latest speculative fiction novel, Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation, is turning heads.

Readers Say:
“My mind is officially blown!”
“I’m loving this book. There’s only one problem. I was so into the story that I missed by bus stop.” “I need Book 2. Now!”

White House Correspondent Maria Love on her quest to learn the truth of human origins and the Anunnaki’s role in our emergence. She discovers their intervention never stopped, but can she act quickly enough to change the destiny of two worlds? Author Graham Hancock said, “We are a species with amnesia.” Let your Awakening begin today.

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Releasing Stress on National Stress Day

Today’s Affirmation:

“I become aware of the little things that are stressing me out and develop strategies to deal with them effectively.”

Overworked business man.Today is National Stress Way – a perfect opportunity to discuss ways to destress.

We often attribute the stress in our daily lives to what is happening on the outside. “My schedule is so busy” or “Work is a bear right now” are common reasons we give others and ourselves to explain the stress we feel.

No doubt, these things contribute to our stress. However, some of the extra “weight” we carry around is mental. It’s all the little unresolved problems and distractions flittering, as they do, at the edges of our awareness that create stress in our lives disproportionate to their actual importance.

Collectively, these little stressors create murky, undefined sense of dis-ease that can permeate our days and lessen our enjoyment of life.

Awareness

How do we deal with these minor hindrances? Well, the first we have to do is to become aware of them. Can we identify them and name them? It’s almost impossible to address them unless we know what they are.

One effective way for surfacing these issues is to spend a little quiet time alone at some point in the day. Just allow your thoughts to flow freely without evaluation and take note of the concerns, worries, or issues that arise.

These small issues are like children clamoring for attention. They will usually make themselves known when you listen.

Action

Once you identify an issue, you can:

  • Estimate its importance.
  • Take steps to resolve it.
  • Recognize its relative insignificance and let it go.

Perspective 

These pesky stressors are the puff fish in our lives. You may be familiar with this kind of fish. It has the ability to blow itself up to appear much larger than its actual size to intimidate would-be predators.

Especially when we have an emotional investment, these little issues can cast a longer shadow in our lives than is warranted by their actual importance.

The key to breaking their hold is perspective. Here are three strategies for getting that perspective.

  1. Deja-Vu – we have probably faced situations similar to the one we are stressing about now and it probably came out OK. Most of the things we stress ourselves about never happen or are not as bad as we imagined them to be. Think of two or three examples of times when similar things worked out fine and your worrying did not alter the outcome. Then let go.
  2. The 30-Day Test – ask yourself whether this issue will still have the significance you are giving it now in 30 days? In six months? A year? If not, it probably is not really as important as it seems right now. Do what you can about it and then let it go.
  3. The Quasar Comparison – this is the “big scheme of things” approach to releasing the issue. Our problems, as big as they seem to us sometimes, are mostly insignificant in the big picture. Quasars are very powerful and distant objects at the edge of the visible universe. They are billions of light years away and a reminder of our universe’s sheer scale. A picture of a quasar can easily be found online. I keep one nearby to remind me how small my problems really are compared to the vastness of space and time. When realize this may not be as life and death as we are making it out to be we can let it go.

In closing, I am certainly not advocating avoidance of real problems in our lives. What I am saying is that our quality of life can improve when we find ways to jettison those annoying little stressors that hold us back.

I’d love to hear from some of you about strategies you use to reduce stress.  Leave a comment.

Have a peaceful and prosperous day!

Ray

anunnaki_cover_full_colorMaria Love is the Chief White House Correspondent for ANN. The fictional network appears in the new speculative fiction offering- Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation by Ray Davis. This novel is shaking paradigms among skeptics and believers alike in the area of human origins. It’s a clever mix of ancient knowledge, modern conspiracy, and page-turning excitement.

One reader wrote, “(My) mind is officially blown!”

Get your signed copy at AATrilogy.com.

Author Graham Hancock said, “We are a species with amnesia.” This book begins the awakening. Is it fact? Is it fiction? You decide!

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Just Saying ~ October 7th

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Source: Just Saying ~ October 7th

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What If You Already Had Everything You Always Wanted?

Rex Sikes' Daily Inspiration and Gratitude

horizon blue and red sky

“We think we are separate but we are not. We are all connected in every way. We are all humans made from the same stuff. We breath the same air, live on the same planet. We are one species. We are one people.

We are one. Some will tell you we are made from the same stuff that everything there is is made from. I don’t disagree. You and I and plants and trees and rocks and things are all made from the same stardust.

We seem to forget that. We think we are separate. That is the big illusion and delusion. Some believe we purposely forgot in order to re-discover, in order to play the game. Whether that is accurate or not I can appreciate it.

Seek And You Will Find

Certainly, we seem to have forgotten something. Who we are at our very core. It seems we are…

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