At the end of each decade of life, you should sit down and write a short essay entitled "What I Have Learned So Far." Each decade is different, and the lessons you learn are different as well. It's almost as if you get a new life during each decade. Your beliefs change about who you are and what you can do, and you actually become a different person.
I don't know whether cats have nine lives, but I am absolutely certain that I have had at least half a dozen.
During my first life, my parents and culture programmed my mind with beliefs that became the foundation on which I built a life. I didn't get to choose those beliefs. Other people decided which ones I should have in my mind. Some of those beliefs were excellent, but many of them placed unnecessary limitations in my mind. That's the problem with other people programming your mind. If they can't do something, they see no reason why you should be able to do it either. They end up installing all of their limitations in your mind. One of the biggest challenges that everyone faces is to go through all of the limiting beliefs installed in their mind by other people, and to get rid of those that are harmful and serve no useful purpose.
During my second life, I started reprogramming my own mind with beliefs that were meaningful to me. I discarded old beliefs that did not work, and I adopted beliefs that made my life into what I wanted it to be. My second life was hard because I had to reprogram my mind thought by thought. Unfortunately, for too many people, this is a short life. By age twenty-one, most people have their beliefs set in concrete. They live the rest of their lives running programs installed in their mind during their first two decades. That is a scary thought, because it means that they could write their book "What I Have Learned So Far" at age twenty-one, and after that, their writing career would be over. They would be on autopilot with their inherited beliefs guiding them through life. They never think an original thought. They simply are in replay mode for the rest of their lives.
During my third life, I went to medical school, and followed that up with residency training in ophthalmology and a fellowship in retina and vitreous surgery. That life lasted seven years as I adopted the beliefs necessary to work as an eye surgeon.
During my fourth life, I became a medical office in the United States Navy. That life lasted for only five years before other adventures beckoned.
During my fifth life, I worked for eleven years as an eye surgeon in Saudi Arabia at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital. I adopted beliefs that allowed me to live in a parallel expatriate universe in Arabia, and those beliefs served me well and actually transformed my life.
During my sixth life, I became the Positive Thinking Sailor who tooks his family on an eleven year voyage around the world on a thirty-nine foot catamaran. Sailing around the world on a catamaran is a major paradigm shift from the beliefs that carried me through my Arabian adventures. My new beliefs made it possible to survive storms at sea, go though global tsunamis, and sail up pirate alley into the Red Sea.
During my seventh life, I became Land Rover Man driving Land Rover Defenders around the world.
During my eighth life, I became the author of twelve books.
During my nineth life, I created the Positive Thinking Network with six hundred positive websites sending out a positive message to one hundred ninety-six countries around the world.
During my tenth life, I became a flying doctor in the American Southwest.
Each of my lives was completely different and required an entirely different set of beliefs. What I learned during each life was different as well.
The Positive Thinking Network is all about what I have learned so far. My sailing websites chronicle the beliefs that took me around the world on my thirty-nine foot catamaran. My Land Rover websites record the beliefs that made it possible to circumnavigate the globe in my Defenders.
My books are a portable electronic record of what I have learned so far.
This web site contains highlights of those lessons. If you want to delve deeper, you can download the ebooks.
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The Wheel of Change Always Turns in the Direction of What You Put into Your Mind
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking tells you what to say when you talk to your mind, and what to say when your mind talks to you. You have a lot of things to discuss with your mind, and Maximum Strength Positive Thinking tells you what you should be talking about. You don't need to spend years searching for empowering ideas that make it possible to live your dreams. It's already right here in a self-talk format. The Law of Positive Self-Talk states, "You can change who you are by changing what you say when you talk to your mind." If you don't like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you have the power to change the message. Although the wheel of change turns slowly, it always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind. When you fill your mind with positive self-talk and more than one-hundred Power Graphics, your life improves by leaps and bounds. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking is now available in eBook Format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Make your life better today by putting Maximum Strength Positive Thinking into your mind.
Although I can't control all the events of my life, I can control what I put into my mind. I have sufficient control over my mind to shape the otucome of my life in a way that reflects my goals and aspirations. I have an infinite number of future lives I can live. The way I run my mind determines which of them it will be. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
When you choose your thoughts, you choose your brain chemistry. When you change your thoughts, you change your brain chemistry. You are not the victim of your brain chemistry. You are its creator. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
I will live the rest of my life as if I am a great person. I will live as if my dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen. I will act as if I cannot fail. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
Limiting thoughts are a disguised form of negation. They are a way that I say no to life while pretending that life is saying no to me. Limitations are plausible self-deceptions. They are prefabricated excuses for every failure to be what I want to be and to do what I want to do. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
I can make a living or make a life. When I make a living, I focus on survival. When I make a life, I focus on my dreams. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
Change first happens in my mind. Whatever I am or ever will be is first found in my mind. In order to have a new life, I need a new way of thinking. That is where everything starts. I can change who I am by changing what I put into my mind. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
If I am having trouble geting permission to do the things I want to do, I need to take a look in the mirror. The person in the mirror is the only one who can give me permission to go for my dreams. All other permission rituals are irrelevant. My life is mine alone, and that is sufficient authority to grant whatever permission is required. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
The way I use my mind defines what it means to be me. At the most basic level, I am what I think about all day long. My mind is the only part of me that can change or that would ever be worth changing. If I want to change who I am, I must change the collection of thoughts that defines what it means to be me. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
I will live the rest of my life as if I am a great person. I will practice being great each day of my life. I have only one life, and I may as well make it a great one. I have little to lose and much to gain by living as if I am great. I will live as if my dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
A positive mind is not an accident. It's the product of positive mental focus. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind. Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
The Owner's Manual for Your Mind contains thirty-one Change Principles that empower you to make a life. You no longer worship at the altar of security, content to only make a living. The Change Principles show you how to make a life. Don't timidly tiptoe through life waiting to go for your dreams. You have only one life. The clock is ticking, there are no timeouts, and there is nothing to wait for. Today is the only day you can make your dreams happen. Seize the day. Live as if you are a great person. Renew you mind with positive and empowering thoughts. Achieve excellence in at least one area of your life. Adopt zero tolerance to negative thinking. Don't accept any limitations. Never quit working on your dreams. The Owner's Manual for your mind is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Don't just make a living. Instead make a life using the thirty-one Change Principles found in Owner's Manual for Your Mind. There are no limitations. There are only limiting beliefs.
There are no unchangeable or untouchable areas in your life. There are only areas in your mind where you accept the idea that change is impossible. It's possible to initiate positive change in any area. You do it my making small changes in the way that you think. New ways of thinking become new ways of living. Eventually the small changes accumulate into a mountain of change.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Each new beginning creates a new ending. When you make a small change, you move in a new direction, and the outcome of your life changes as well. You have an infinite number of lives that you can live. Nothing is unchangeable. Each time you make a new start, you make a new life with a new ending. Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Achievers are not more talented or brilliant than those who don't reach their dreams. However, they possess one critical quality that the rest of the world lacks. They are endlessly persistent in the pursuit of their dreams.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
The probability of making a positive change is inversely proportional to its size. Major changes are tough, and the probability of success in a single massive attempt is low. Small changes are always possible, and there is a high probability of success on the first attempt. Break large changes down into a series of smaller ones so the probabilities are in your favor.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
At the moment of change, there is a shift in your beliefs about who you are and what you can do with your life.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Change finally happens when you are ready to change. Change takes a long time because you take so much time getting ready. Although change occurs in an instant, getting ready for that instant make require years.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Positive thinking works because it's the natural software for your mind. God designed a positive software package that permits your mind to function at full capacity and maximum efficiency. He created your mind to work best with a positive operating system.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Positive change isn't a matter of the will. Rather, it's a matter of being willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. When you are willing to do whatever it takes, then change happens. When you are unwilling, no matter how much you say you want to change, it will not occur.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
You reprogram your mind thought by thought. Reprogramming requires a great deal of time and effort because you do it one thought at a time.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Life happens one thought at a time, either by default or by design. If it happens by default, then your life is a haphazard collection of random thoughts. It has no plan, purpose, or direction. If it happens by design, then you build your future with thoughts that you choose.Owner's Manual For Your Mind
Overcoming depression is hard, perhaps the hardest thing you will ever do. But if you want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop you. Your emotions are a reflection of your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, your emotions automatically follow. You don't have to battle the negative and twisted emotions echoing in your mind. Instead you need to learn how to change the way you think, and your emotions will naturally take care of themselves. The challenge you face in depression is to change the way you think. If you want to change the way you think and feel, you are going to have to change your inner dialogue. You are going to have to talk to your mind in a different manner. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind. The battle for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus. In order to break the back of depression, you will have to learn how to persistently and consistently control your mental focus. Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
What you put into your mind affects the chemistry of your brain. When you put in positive things, you push the chemistry in a positive direction. When you put in negative things, you push it in a negative direction. Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Positive self-talk pushes the chemistry of your brain in a positive direction. When you use positive self-talk on a regular basis, you do more than create a positive mind, you actually create a positive brain.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
The type of thoughts that you think determine the chemical environment inside your brain. If you choose to think depressing thoughts, you create the chemistry of depression. If you choose to think anxious thoughts, you produce the chemistry of anxiety. If you choose to think angry thoughts, you produce the chemistry of anger.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
If you want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop you.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Positive thinking will not make your life perfect. It will not make all your problems disappear or prevent serious illness and accidents. Nevertheless, positive thinking will make your life immeasurably better. No amount of positive thinking will take something bad and turn it into something good. However, positive thinking will turn it into something better. No matter how negative your life is, thinking positive makes it better.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
The opposite of positive thinking is not negative thinking. The opposite is doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear. The battle for a positive mind is even more challenging when doubt and fear assume control.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Positive thinking is the result of putting positive things into your mind. It's a sign that you have filled your mind with positive things. Trying to think positive thoughts without first putting positive things into your mind is a waste of time. It won't work and cannot work. It's impossible to get positive thoughts to come out of a negative mind. If there aren't any positive thoughts inside, then there is nothing positive that can come out.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Positive thinking is the summation of all the positive things that you have put into your mind. Negative thinking is the summation of all the toxic waste that you have allowed into your mind.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
There is a big difference between thinking positive and putting positive things into your mind. You can't think positive unless you already have positive things inside. Filling your mind with positive things must come first. That's why it is imperative that you control what gets inside.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Insight points your life in the right direction, but it does not give you the power to make the trip.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
God is love and works by love. The power and presence of God in my life is love. Every time I see love, I see God's hand at work. Every time I feel love, I experience God's presence and power. When my mind is full of thoughts consistent with God's love, my thoughts are healthy, and my mind is exactly the way God means for it to be. When my heart is full of emotions consistent with God's love, my emotions are healthy, and they are exactly the way God means for them to be. There is no limit to how good my life can become when I open my heart and mind to the power of His love. God loves and accepts me the way I am, but He loves me to much to let me stay that way. He loves me from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, and it does not get any better than that. For the rest of my life I will max out on God's love. Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
The most important fact in the universe is that God loves and accepts you the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way. He loves you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and it does not get any better than that. Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
Real power happens when you max out on God's love. It transforms your rational mind and heals your damaged emotions. Nothing is more powerful than God's love. When all else fails, when the hand of flesh falls limp, God's love remains unfettered and unstoppable. When his love comes in the front door, misery, despair, and depression head for the emergency exit.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
God's love is real power. His love has enough power to heal your heart and transform your mind. Nothing can do what God's love can, and nothing can do it was well. The positive effects last for eternity. You have a new mind and healed emotions, and the cure lasts forever.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
You must jump into God's love and have a life transforming experience. When you do that, your life is never the same. You are born spiritually and you become a new poerson. Old things pass away, and all things become new. You look at the world with new eyes and listen with new ears. You think new thoughts, take new actions, and have a new life.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
God's love changes the way you think and feel. He gives you a clean mind and a pure heart. Your old way of thinking and feeling is gone. Your mistakes and failures are cast into his ocean of love. For the first time in your life, you dare to call God your Father and live as one of his children. God's love heals your damaged emotions and washes the toxic waste from your mind. Your negative feelings and guilt are washed away in a tidal wave of love.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
Your mind is the door thought which the power of God's love flows into your life. Your mind is where God's love is brought to bear on the problems of life. When you fill your mind with the power of God's love, miraculous things happen. But it was not the mind that made them take place. It was God's love that made the miracle come to pass.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
God's love is the definitive cure for damaged emotions. God is a specialist at renewing your emotional mind through the power of his love. He can heal your emotional wounds, remove your emotional scars, and wash away your guilt. Although his love will not change the bad things that happened to you in the past, it will erase their power. His love not only points you in the right direction, it also gives you the power to make the trip.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
Don't let anyone force you into their spiritual mold. You will not fit, and you will be miserable if you try to be like them and have a spiritual relationship that duplicates theirs. If God wanted all of us to be the same, He would have made us all the same. He did not do it, and you should not try to do it either.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
The best way to find out who you are and what you can do with your life is to listen to the voice of your Father. He will tell you everything you need to know. Just open your heart and let him teach you how to max out on his love.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
Your mental focus determines God's presence in your life. You must focus on God's love to see God at work in your world. The power and presence of God in your life is love, and when you focus on his love, you experience his presence and power.Real Power: Maxing Out On God's Love
My favorite sand box in the entire world is the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. Over a million square kilometers of sandy adventures await those who are willing to outfit an expeditionary vehicle so that it is ready for deep desert exploration. I had three Land Rover Defenders while I worked in Arabia, and each weekend we climbed into our Defenders and headed off into a sea of sand.
We camped between 60 to 90 nights a year in the Arabian sands. On a scale of one to ten, I rate the Arabian sands as an eleven, and I wish that I was still gliding over those dunes in one of my Defenders.
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It turns out that the impossible is not always impossible.
Impossible dares you to live your dreams. It's a test of whether you are willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true.
Everything in your life fits into two columns. One column is labeled possible, and the other is labeled impossible. Your job is to move everything over to the possible column.
With God, all things are possible. Impossible doesn't exist in God's universe, and it shouldn't exist in yours. Impossible is not in God's vocabulary, and it shouldn't be in yours.
The day you came into this world, a star was born. Unfortunately, you may have forgotten about that star. You may not remember that it even exists.
You may feel like you need to change your stars, but the truth is it's impossible to change them. Your stars are what they are, and no matter how hard you try, they will not change. This is actually good news, because you don't need to change those stars. You need to remember them.
Inner blindness hides your stars from your eyes. You need to see them once again. You need to remember what your life was like before the world told you everything you could not do and compressed you into its mold.
When God created you, He gave you everything you need to live a happy and abundant life.
God is on your side, and when you get in agreement with Him, the scales fall off your eyes, and you see once again. The fog lifts from your mind, and you remember your true identity. You become the person that God created you to be
Your shackles fall off, and God takes you to places far beyond your early limited dreams. You become an unstoppable, consistently positive, endlessly persistent doer of dreams. You become a sharp instrument in the hands of a loving God.
The God who created the infinite universe also created you in his image. He did not shackle you with limitations, but instead gave you the capacity to have quantum beliefs. He gave you the ability to think and act your life into existence. He gave you the power of quantum beliefs, quantum expectations, and quantum change.
You have the ability to make your life into what you want it to be. You can get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with your life. There is no limit to how good your life can become when you get your quantum beliefs right.
It required sixteen days to sail across the Atlantic on Exit Only, my 39 foot catamaran. From my perch on the mainsail, I had plenty of time to contemplate during the journey. My time at sea offered lots of opportunities to think about what I have learned so far, and to reflect on the positive guideposts that have allowed me to sail on the ocean of my dreams.
So here you have, free of charge, some of the biggest lessons I have learned about positive thinking.
These are my guideposts on the journey to a positive mind.
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