It's one thing to sail across an ocean when you have accurate nautical charts, GPS, radio communications, and weather routing. It's quite a different thing to cross an ocean without any of those aids to navigation. Captain Cook sailed the uncharted waters of the Pacific with vessels that did not sail to windward, and with infinite patience and unstoppable persistence, he explored and charted the waters and islands of the Pacific. He sailed where no European had sailed before on the Positive Blue Marble called earth.
This is the anchorage at Lizard Island. We spent several days here as we sailed in the wake of Captain Cook along the Ozzie coast. Here is the story of Captain Cook and Lizard Island.
Captain Cook almost lost his ship, the Endeavor, as he sailed up the Australian coast inside the Great Barrier Reef. He was exploring uncharted waters, and on 10 June, 1770 he ran out of luck when the Endeavor struck a reef.
The reef rose steeply from the seabed and was undetectable until it was too late. The ship started taking on water and was in danger of sinking.
On the positive side, the Endeavor struck the reef at high tide, and that meant there was time to deal with the breach in the hull as the tide went out. Cook's crew lightened ship by throwing heavy canons and stores overboard, so that when high tide returned they might be able to float off the reef.
They manned their emergency pumps, and created a type of collision mat to put on the outside of the hull to stem the leak. They ran out kedge anchors, and worked furiously to refloat Endeavor at high tide.
All of the work paid off, because eventually they kedged off the reef and their temporary hull patch controlled the flow of water so they did not sink.
After they escaped the reef, they sailed north to the mouth of a large river where they careened their ship and made repairs.
It turned out that in spite of their bad luck, good fortune had smiled on the Endeavor because a large fist sized piece of coral had penetrated the hull and lodged in the hole, sealing the breach to a significant degree. If the coral hadn't lodged in the hull, it 's likely the Endeavor would have sunk.
After completing repairs, Cook sailed north searching for an opening that would let him navigate eastward through reef strewn waters and back into the Coral Sea.
Unfortunately, Cook didn’t know how far north the Great Barrier Reef extended since he was voyaging in uncharted waters.
It turned out that the reef is nearly 1200 miles long. In addition, ships like the Endeavor did not sail well to windward, and to escape, Captain Cook needed to sail against the prevailing trade winds.
As he continued north along the Ozzie coast, he finally came to Lizard Island which turned out to be his salvation.
Lizard has a good anchorage, and best of all, it's high enough to give an excellent view of the reef for miles in all directions. He spent a couple of hours climbing to the top of Lizard, and when he surveyed the reef to the east, to his great relief, he found a break in the reef through which he could safely take his ship. All he had to do was wait for good weather and a favorable wind, and he would escape the clutches of the Great Barrier Reef.
When you climb to the top of the island today, a monument points your eyes in the direction of Cook’s passage through the reef.
Take your binoculars to the top of the hill in the afternoon, and with the sun to your back, you will easily see Cook's escape route.
If you want to sail in the wake of Captain Cook, just sail through the break in the reef as you head out into the Coral Sea on your own voyage of discovery.
Sailing in the wake of explorers like Captain Cook encourages me to live my dreams.
Captain Cook had no end to adversity in his life, but he always did what the had to do as he sailed on the ocean of his dreams.
You and I are just like Captain Cook.
If we are going to live our dreams, there will be no end to adversity in our lives, and we may as well expect it and get used to it.
There's a hundred percent chance that we are going to hit a few reefs, and we will need to make emergency repairs more than once as we navigate through our life. But that's ok. After all, we are on a voyage of discovery, and we are sailing in uncharted waters.
If we live as if our dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen, we will find an opening in our barrier reefs, and before long, we will be sailing downwind on the ocean of our dreams.
Dr. Dave is the Encourager In Chief of the Positive Thinking Network. He believes there are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs. Dr. Dave is committed to make a positive difference in your life. The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind, and Dr. Dave and the Positive Thinking Network have the resources to turn your life in a positive direction. It's time to develop a persistently positive focus so that you can have a consistently positive mind. It's time to change your world.
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At the end of each decade of your 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.
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LEARN HOW TO MAKE A LIFE AND HOW TO RUN YOUR MIND . 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 come true. Seize the day. The Owner's Manual for your mind is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. MAKE YOUR LIFE INTO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE TODAY.
I am a hard core expatriate who lived outside the United States for twenty-eight years. During all of those years of travel, I became an expert at packing my bags to the hilt. I was allowed two eighty pound bags, and everytime I went overseas, I carried one-hundred and sixty pounds of luggage. Half of that weight was in books. Now things have changed. I carry nearly all my books on my tablets and smart phone. I easily carry ten tons of eBooks on my electronic devices without a problem.
People are always looking for miracles, but they overlook the obvious. They are a miracle of God's creation and love. Every breath they take and every beat of their heart resonates with the miraculous. From the top of their head to the tip of their toes, they are a miracle. Every time you think that you need a miracle, stand in front of a mirror and take a look at yourself. You are God's greatest miracle. For as long as you've been on planet earth, God has been working miracles in your life.
Mark Twain once remarked that life doesn’t consist so much of facts and events. Instead, it consists mainly of the storm of thoughts blowing endlessly through my mind. Most of the time, I can deal with the facts of life without too much difficulty. It’s the storm of thoughts that causes such a problem. I will die a thousand deaths before my final day of reckoning comes. Most of my problems never happen anywhere except in my mind.
LEARN HOW TO PROGRAM YOUR MIND WITH A POSITIVE OPERATING SYSTEM. If you don’t program your mind, other people will. Whether you like it or not, you are engaged in mortal mental combat, and your mind is ground zero. If you let your culture, the media, the government, and politicians do the programming, you will be in real trouble. You will not be running your own mind. They will be running it. You will not be living your dreams. You will be living theirs.The Programmer's Manual for Your Mind is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. START REPROGRAMMING YOUR MIND TODAY.
People act as if what they talk about doesn't matter. They don't understand that what they say expands into their life. No reasonable person would take a handful of toxic waste and put it into their mind. Nevertheless, that's exactly what you do when you talk about negative things. Every time you tell other people what's wrong with your life, and how your problems are driving you crazy, you put toxic waste into your mind. You are sowing the seeds of your own destruction.
God has given you all the tools you need to have a positive mind. God gave you the power of positive self-talk to fill your mind with positive things. If you consistently and persistently repeat positive thoughts, it is inevitable that your mind will start repeating those same positive thoughts back to you.
Birds are the only animals that can talk without the words changing their lives. Birds can say anything they want, even four letter words, without the slightest damage to their mind. The reason is simple. Bird's don't know what they are saying. Millions of people talk like they are parrots. They swear like salors and lace their speech with profanity. These folks would be better off if they were parrots, because at least their destructive words would not get into their mind.
GET IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE. Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you." Jesus was talking about positive expectations. You don't get what you want, you get what you expect. It doesn't matter if your expectations are positive or negative, you still get what you expect. If you want positive self-talk to work its miracle in your life, all of your self-talk must be forged in the fires of positive expectations. Positive Christian Self-Talk is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. JUMP INTO GOD'S OCEAN OF LOVE AND HAVE A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE TODAY.
The power of positive self-talk is immense. Take a lesson from God, and use positive self-talk to create a positive world. Tell yourself, "I am who God says I am, and I am who I say that I am." Get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with your life, and it won't be long before miracles start to happen. Christian positive self-talk will change your world.
Too many people die before their time. They place a period in the sentence of life where God only places a comma. Always remember that it's never over before God says it's over. There is no reason to quit until God says it's quitting time. Negative self-talkers tell themselves it's over years before God says it over. Their self-talk makes them die before their time. If these quitters had persisted for a few more nanoseconds, their dreams would have come true. Their mistake literally cost them their dreams.
Reprogramming your mind has never been easier. In the digital age you can take your programming tools with you wherever you go. Smart phones and tablets make it possible to reprogram your mind in planes, trains, cars, subways, at work, and at home. You can perform a mind transplant anywhere and anytime. A smart phone or tablet can contain a full library of positive resources without increasing the weight of the device by even an ounce.
LEARN HOW TO MAX OUT ON GOD'S LOVE. When your mind is full of thoughts consistent with God's love, your thoughts are healthy, and your mind is exactly the way God means for it to be. When your heart is full of emotions consistent with God's love, your emotions are healthy, and they are exactly the way God means for them to be. Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. REAL POWER IS AVAILABLE TODAY WHEN YOU MAX OUT ON GOD'S LOVE.
Positive self-talk is not the invention of man. It's the invention of God, and it was given as a gift to mankind so that we could speak our new lives into existence. The Bible has lots of examples of positive self-talk being used to make good things happen in the hearts and minds of those who love and serve God. In the book of Joel in the Old Testament, the Bible encourages us to use positive self-talk. Joel 3:10 says, Let the weak say, "I am strong." It's very clear that self-talk is not about where you are at the present moment. It's about where you are going with God's help. Amazing things happen when people get in agreement with God about who they are and what they can do with their life.
You don't have to let the voice of depression control your inner dialogue. You can use positive self-talk to change the conversation. What you say to yourself determines the focus of your mind and helps you reestablish command and control over your thoughts. If you want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop you.
Fear and limitations are traveling companions. When one is present, the other is not far away. When I think limiting thoughts, it's usually because I am afraid, and when I think fearful thoughts, limitations suddently rear their ugly head. On the other hand, when I send fear packing, my limitations disappear, and when I ignore my limiting thoughts, fear melts away as well.
LEARN HOW TO STOP DOING DEPRESSION AND HOW TO WIN THE BATTLE FOR A POSITIVE MIND. 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. 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. SEND DEPRESSION PACKING TODAY.
Positive Christian self-talk is more than positive thinking. It is positive preparation that makes miracles possible. It gets you to a place where miracles can occur. It helps you get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do in your life. It's not a mindless mantra that you endlessly repeat hoping that things will get better. Positive Christian self-talk puts both feet on the ground and takes you to a miraculous destination.
Affirmations are a special form of positive self-talk designed to change the way I feel. The Bible says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Affirmations are not aimed at my mind. They are primarly aimed at my heart, and they give me the power to change what is in my heart. Affirmations do more than change the way I think; they also change the way I feel.
Self-talk is not optional. It's something you do every day all day long. The only question is whether your self-talk is positive or negative, whether it makes your life better or worse. If you don't like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you have the power to change the message. You don't have to accept the self-talk programmed into your mind by other people . You can make your self-talk into anything you want.
IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO MAKE A QUANTUM LEAP TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Repeat quantum self-talk until your mind repeats it back to you. The power of repetition is immense, and when your mind starts repeating quantum self-talk back to you, hang on tight, because you are ready to make a quantum leap to the next level. You have thousands of quantum leaps to make, and quantum self-talk is a great place to start. Quantum Self-Talk is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. DON'T WAIT FOR YOUR LIFE TO IMPROVE. MAKE A QUANTUM LEAP TO A NEW LEVEL TODAY.
I like self-talk that puts things in perspective without resorting to hype and hyperbole. Hype makes extravagant claims that have no basis in reality, and hyperbole uses exaggeration to overstate the case. Writers need to avoid hype and hyperbole, because most readers are not adrenaline junkies in search of a new high. They are not easily fooled, and they want honest writing that tells things like they really are. That is why I go to great length to avoid hyperbole and hype.
Until you get your self-talk right, good things cannot happen in your life. Self-talk is a form of predestination, and if you can't put your destination into a self-talk format, then it's unlikely you will ever make the trip to your dreams. There are two major types of self-talk, and both of them are important. The first type gets you fired up and ready to go. The second type keeps you going once you are on your way.The first type decides whether you start on the path to your dreams.The second type determines whether you continue on the path.The first type lasts until you get started.The second type lasts until your dreams come true.
BANISH THE WORD IMPOSSIBLE FROM YOUR MIND. Many people believe change is impossible. Most of the time they are confusing personality with behavior. The basic human personality is relatively constant over time, but behavior can and does change. Personal change happens when people change the way they think. I have numerous patients formerly addicted to meth, cocaine, heroine, and alcohol, who escaped their addictions without ever going to rehab. They simply arrived at a point where they no longer wanted to be prisoners of their addictions. They changed their belief about who they are and what they can do, and they became a different person who was chemical free. Positive Self-Talk Yellow Book is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK AND FEEL TODAY.
Don't believe everything you hear when your mind talks to you. Your mind is always in replay mode, and much of what it says is frankly wrong and out of touch with reality. If you don't like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you have the power to change the message. When your mind starts telling you twisted and depressing thoughts, it time to switch to a different channel. When the inner ogre gets out of control, you don't have to take the abuse. Instead, beat him into submission with positive self-talk from the Positive Self-Talk Store. A few mintues of reading Dr. Dave's positive self-talk will send the inner ogre on his way.
Although the Self Talk Bookstore is open for business, there are a few places on planet earth where downloads are unavailable. When you are getting pummeled with fifty knots of wind in the southern Red Sea, you quickly discover that there are no wireless towers in the Bab al Mandeb. It probably has something to do with pirates. Wireless companies are afraid that someone might do more than steal their signal; the pirates might also steal the cell towers.
I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Sometimes I get the feeling that borders are fictional boundaries created by the rich and powerful to maintain their power and wealth.
LEARN HOW TO CONTROL THE STORM OF THOUGHTS BLOWING THROUGH YOUR MIND. Life consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that blow through your mind. The events of life can be trivial, tragic, and even monumental in nature, but the events themselves have little power. It’s the storm of thoughts about those events that controls our lives. Those thoughts are the battleground where you come to your agreement with life. Those thoughts define who you are and what you can do. Positive Self-Talk Gold Book is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. IT'S TIME TO MAKE A POSITIVE WIND BLOW THROUGH YOUR MIND WITH POSITIVE SELF-TALK FROM DR. DAVE.
A wise man once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans," and I am inclined to agree. My plan is to get in agreement with God about who I am and what I can do with my life. It's not that I don't have any plans. Rather I have a general direction to my life and my bucket list is half a mile long, but my time is in God's hands, and his plan is better than anything I can imagine. That's my plan, and I'm sticking to it.
When I was ten years old, my parents gave me a tiny transistorized short wave radio that fit in the palms of my hands. At night I laid in bed and listened to broadcasts from around the world, and I imagined myself in hundreds of different destinations on planet earth. I didn't know how I would ever get there, but one day I would visit all of those places. Much later in life I discovered that I was addicted to freedom, and I became a citizen of the world. That is why I am Safari Daktari, and the world is my home.
Never underestimate the power of a single idea. On more than one occasion, a single idea has shaped my destiny. When I was in grade school, I read Dr. Paul White's book, Doctor of Tanganyika, and I instantly knew that I wanted to work as a doctor in developing countries. That single idea took root in my mind and still remains a compelling force in my life. Because of his influence, I worked overseas in Panama, Liberia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia in my carreer in international medicine.
LEARN TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF THE MIND. Your brain speaks to you in its own language, and if you speak to it in the same way, it immediately responds in a powerful fashion. That’s why change proceeds most rapidly when you talk to yourself using the language of the mind. If you don’t speak the language of the mind, you may as well stop talking until you learn it. Positive Self-Talk Silver Book is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. YOUR MIND IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU, SO SEND IT A POSITIVE MESSAGE TODAY.
I am a Daktari without borders who is a citizen of the world. The first time I went to Africa, people told me that I would experience culture shock, and that it would be hard to adjust to the compromises required living in another culture halfway around the world. For the past forty-five years, I have been waiting for culture shock to strike, and so far it has not happened. The only culture shock I experienced happened when I returned to the USA after being away for nearly a quarter of a century.
Before the advent of smartphones, I carried my mobile affirmations on file cards. Some affirmations have been with me for more than twenty years, and the file cards are dogeared and worn out. Those card were good companions that helped me get through the hard times. Some day I will frame them and put them on the wall of my office. The cards are more than paper with written affirmations. They also contain memories of all the major victories in my life.
The universe reveals the mind of God, and the Bible reveals his heart of love.The entire universe is an expression of God's creative power. We serve an awesome God who thinks and speaks worlds into existence. Our planet is only a tiny speck in our solar system, which is a tiny speck in the Milky Way Galaxy, which is a tiny speck on the edge of an expanding universe. We ask ourselves, "Who is man that God would think of him?" We act as if we are an afterthought of God. But we have it backwards. We are not an afterthought of God. We are the reason the universe exists.
IT'S TIME TO START LIVING AS IF YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON. Living small serves no great purpose. Living as if you are a great person is a powerful idea that changes lives, and those who take it seriously change their world. Living as if you are great means you live as if your dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen. You act as if you cannot fail. If you ever become great, it will be because you think great thoughts, repeat great self-talk, have great expectations, and act as if you cannot fail. Positive Self-Talk Purple Book is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO START LIVING AS IF YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON.
It doesn't matter whether you are getting your kicks driving on Route 66, or standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, you can still download positive scriptures on your smartphone and tablet. In fact, you can download positive scriptures anywhere on planet earth as long as you have a wireless connection simply by visiting Mobile Scripture. You instantly discover fifty scriptures that you need to have in your mind. Anytime is the right time to put powerful positive scriptures into your mind.
Your brain is a powerful affirming machine that affirms the negative just as easily as the positive, the bad just as easily as the good. Your brain is positive about many things that are factually untrue. And when you are positive about the wrong things, your positive thinking actually gets you into trouble. It turns out that positive thinking is not always positive when you are affirming dark, destructive thoughts.
God’s dream for your life is better than anything you can imagine. God’s plan for your life is full of open doors that only you can close. God not only has a plan, He has backup plans just in case you have problems along the way. Your mistakes are not a surprise to God, and He has more contingency plans than you have faults and failures.
IMAGINE HOW GOOD YOUR LIFE WOULD BECOME IF YOU HAD A CONSISTENTLY POSITIVE MIND. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind. The same is true of your self-talk. It must be persistent, positive, and specific to have maximum impact. Lack of persistentce has laid more dreams to rest in the cemetery of failure than any other cause. There is zero chance that you will succeed on your first attempt. If your dreams are great, you will fail again and again on your way to the top. Positive Self-Talk Red Book is now available at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. DEVELOP A PERSISTENTLY POSITIVE FOCUS TODAY WITH POSITIVE SELF-TALK FROM DR. DAVE.
Jesus created a world ruled by expectations. You don't get what you want. You get what you expect. It doesn't matter if your expectations are positive or negative, you will still get what you expect. Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you. No matter how hard you work and how much you hope, it's what you expect that counts. The Law of Expectations will make or break your life. When I know your expectations, I can predict your future.
I am the Positive Expectations Doctor. When I get up in the morning, I don't have to think about what I am going to do on that day. I have one job and one job only. My job is to change people's expectations about who they are and what they can do with their lives. The easiest thing to do on planet earth is to pass out pills to patients, and the hardest thing to do is change their expectations.
Positive thinking is the natural software for the mind. It's more than a good idea. It's how God designed your mind to work. The Positive Thinking University offers free courses to anyone who wants to become a more positive person. There are three types of courses that you can take. Short courses can change the way you think and feel in just a few minutes. Intensive longer courses may require days or weeks to complete. Audio courses can be downloaded to your iPod or MP3 player for listening whenever you want to put postiive things into your mind. If you want to be a positive person, nobody can stop you.
Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.