Some people find it odd that Jesus went out in the desert and often spent the night in prayer. Most of us would quickly fall asleep in the same circumstances. For Jesus, the sacred sound of silence was holy ground where he stood in the presence of God. In those quiet times, distractions and attractions disappeared as he listened to God's voice of love.
Most people on planet earth have never heard the sound of silence. They have never been in a location that was totally devoid of sound created by humans.
If you want a challenge, try to find a place where you can experience total silence without any sound pollution. It's nearly impossible.
In this picture, I have set up camp several hundred miles off-road in the Empty Quarter of Arabia. We are far enough into this remote section of desert that most of the vestiges of humanity are absent except for our campsite. After the sun goes down, and you lie on your camp cot, you can sometimes hear the sound of silence.
If you hold your breath, you hear absolutely nothing. Total silence. This rare moment doesn't last long because high above your head the faint roar of a distant aircraft pollutes the silence with sound.
Now that I am back in "uncivilization" working, there is no silence in my life. No matter where I am, there is noise everywhere. Nearly every day, I hear boom cars thundering out hundreds of decibels of noise polluting my not so silent world. They can thank God that I don't have a Predator drone with a load of Hellfire missiles. I don't know if I could resist the urge to obliterate their megawoofers as they inflict their sonic assault on innocent bystanders.
The sonic assault isn't just on the street. Since I came back to "uncivilization", I carry ear plugs to church to protect my ears from the "divine decibles" pulsating from the stage at the front of the auditorium. The music is so loud that I roam through the back of the auditorium trying to find a safe haven where the surround sound can't damage my hearing.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I like the sound of silence. The only time I ever feel like I am near God is in those infrequent silent moments that are so hard to find. For me, the only way to hear God's voice of love is to become silent and listen.
My cathedral is out in the desert hundreds of miles from "uncivilization" where I can experience total silence. When a bird flies by, it's so quiet that I can hear the flutter of his feathers in the wind. When I'm out there, I'm standing on sacred ground.
As night descends on our campsite, I feel like I am in a cathedral that stretches from horizon to horizon. I have a front row seat on eternity as I survey the night sky; many of the stars that I'm looking at died out millions of years ago, but their light is only now reaching our side of the milky way galaxy.
In the silence and splendor of the moment, the trivial events of my life fade, and the important things come into focus. And if I listen to the sound of silence, I just might hear God's voice of love.
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.
Dr. Dave is also known as Captain Dave of Team Maxing Out. He spent eleven years sailing around the world with his family on their sailboat, Exit Only. They sailed more than 33,000 miles around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran including a trip through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea.
Dr. Dave drives Land Rover Defenders when land cruising. His Defenders took Team Maxing Out to Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia. Soon the adventures will continue with a driving trip around the world and a sailing voyage back to Australia.
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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.
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When most people say the handwriting is on the wall, they are giving an ominous warning about a future filled with doom and gloom. When I say the handwriting is on the wall, it means exactly the opposite. It indicates that you finally understand what it takes to make your dreams come true. If you are waiting for a sign, this is it.
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.
Motivation doesn't grow on trees, but if it did, I would plant motivational trees all over my yard. I would harvest the motivation and give it out to all my friends. The perfect source of motivation should be instantly available and free. The motivation should reside on your smart phone and tablet so you can take it with you wherever you go. Motivate Mail is your source for positive motivation 24 hours a day 7 days a week virtually anywhere on planet earth.
In this great adventure called life, you have a choice. You can choose to live in your digital world with a 55-inch wide screen existence and cheer others on who are living their dreams, or you can have a real life. You can totally immerse yourself in the natural world and experience the truly miraculous. That natural world is free, and you can touch it, breathe it, embrace it, and love it. And if you do immerse yourself in it, you will discover that everything is a miracle.
The quality and quantity of the affirmations that you make determine the outcome of your life. If you are ever going to live your dreams, you will have to take up residence in the Land of a Million Postive Affirmations. The quality of your life is directly determined by the quality of the affirmations that you say every day. Make sure your affirmations are positive and that they move you in the direction of your dreams.
Everyone should do a mind map of their own life. There is no better way of getting an overview of what makes you tick. By the time you complete the map, you discover the forces that have made you into who you are and that continue to motivate you as you move in the direction of your dreams.
If you are like me, you are always on the run, and it's not always easy to stay positive. UNTIL NOW! It just got a great deal easier because Dr. Dave created a series of positive websites that are smartphone friendly. The sites display just as well on the small screen as they do on the desktop. Now you can take your positive thinking with you wherever you go and have positive thinking on demand. If you are feeling down, simply turn on your smartphone and visit Mobile Positive Thinking.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone could use a little encouragement. Even if no one else tells you to go for your dreams, you can count on me to encourage you. I am the Encourager in Chief, and I write powerful positive emails to anyone who would like to receive a major dose of positive reinforcement. This is your big chance to get free positive emails from the Encourager in Chief. Don't miss this opportunity to make your life better!
I have been making positive notes to myself for my entire adult life. My positive notes have taken me around the world on a sailboat, and God willing, they will take me around the world in my Land Rover. It's time for you to get out your file cards and create some Positive Notes to Self and go over them multiple times each day. It won't be long before those notes become a part of your life, and you will never be the same.
Self-help is not the creation of man. It's the creation of God and it's built into the fabric of the moral universe. There is no mystery here. If you do your part, God will do his part, and amazing things will happen. But first you must do your part so that God has something to work with. When you work like everything depends on you and trust like everything depends on God, you have discovered the secret of self-help.
The moral universe has laws just like the physical universe. In the moral universe, quantum change is incremental. Even small changes are incremental. Change may appear to be gradual, but when you look closely, there is a shift in a person’s beliefs that permit them to jump to the next level. Nothing happens gradually in the moral universe. While your beliefs may change gradually, the instant you adopt a new belief and act on that belief, your life is never the same. You become a new person with a new life. You make a quantum leap to a new level.
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.
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.
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 WITH POSITIVE CHRISTIAN SELF-TALK TODAY.
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.
After the global tsunami that killed more than 100,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, we had to sail though massive tsunami debris as we crossed the Indian Ocean. It was a ten day sail from Thailand to the Maldives, and we kept a constant look out because giant trees had washed offshore directly into our path. We kept someone on the bow constantly watching for trees and logs that could sink our yacht. We had to stop sailing at night for fear of hitting a tree or a floating mine. We were having problems. It would have been much better if we had Dr. Dave's Self Help ePubs to get us through this challenging time.
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.
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.
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.
When Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you," he did not add any qualifications to the statement. He didn't say, "As your genome is, so shall it be done unto you." Your beliefs trump your genome every time. You are not a prisoner of your genome. Instead, your genome is the launching pad for your life and nothing more. It's what you do with your genome that counts. Epigenetics gives you the power to take what you have been given and to make it into something great.
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.
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.
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.
During our eleven year sailing voyage around the world, I stayed inspired by listening to positive podcasts that kept me fired up and ready to go. There were plenty of times when I needed inspiration - like when David and I climbed the mast to fix the rigging on our sailboat in Turkey. Although your challenges may be different, you still need inspiration to make your dreams come true. Now you can get inspired with free Self Help Podcasts from Dr. Dave.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a swimming instructor, and I give swimming lessons in God's ocean of love. When you love people, they instantly recognize it. No explanation required. Jesus said you could recognize his disciples by their love. It's the hallmark that identifies them as children of God. It's their way of life. I can think of no higher calling than being a swimming instructor in God's ocean of love.
Positive thinking is the natural software for your mind. God designed a positive software package that would permit your mind to function at full capacity and maximum efficiency. He created your mind to work best with a positive operating system. Negative thinking doesn't work well, because your mind was not designed to function with a negative operating system.
Our Land Rover is parked at a rocky outcrop on the edge of the the Dhana desert in Arabia. In a couple of hours, we'll be sitting around a campfire with the milky way galaxy extending overhead from horizon to horizon. A Land Rover, giant star dunes, friends sitting around a campfire, and the milky way overhead is as good as it gets. It's also a terrific time to focus on a few great thoughts.
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.
Outward appearances are deceiving, so don't be too quick to judge. Take caterpillars, for instance. Some caterpillars are a thing of beauty, but most of them aren't much to look at. They crawl around like colored worms, they eat leaves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they have the personality of a sea slug. When God passed out good looks, he apparently skipped the caterpillars.
God has given you all the tools you need to have a positive mind. People complain that it's difficult to live as a positive person in a negative world. They talk as if the odds are stacked against them. They should accept their miserable existence and learn to live with a negative mind.Nothing could be further from the truth. You can use the power of positive repetition to change your mind.
Since the beginning of time, astronomers have searched the sky for signs of life, and so far the only place where life is known to exist is on planet earth. Earth is unique because it’s chock-a-block with life; it’s everywhere, and it’s relentless. The reason earth is such an awesome place is because it’s a sanctuary for life in an otherwise hostile universe.
There is inspiration in your inbox when you sign up for Self Help Mail. When the going gets tough, it's nice to have a resource like Self Help Mail to help you get through the hard times. Simply go to your inbox, and check your Self Help Mail. It has never been easier to put powerful positive ideas into your mind, and the email is totally free.
You only get one life, so you better get it right the first time. If you understand the CURVES OF LIFE, you have a better chance of getting it right the first time. There are actually three curves. The first is called the gusto curve, the second is the money curve, and the third is the time curve. Here's how they work. Your gusto curve and time curve start at the top and eventually go down to zero. Your money curve starts at zero and exponentially climbs throughout your life. When the curves of life cross, an alarm should go off in your mind, because from that point on, time becomes more valuable than money. You are sliding rapidly down the gusto curve, and you are running out of time.
After living outside the United States for twenty-eight years, I am finally connected. I completed my sailing voyage around the world on my sailboat, I'm back in the USA, and I now have a cell phone. Don't feel sorry for me because I wasn't connected for all those years. I was connected to other things, and I didn't need a cell tower to feel my life was good.
If you start thinking new thoughts and taking new actions, you get a new life. It's just that easy. You can get a new one anytime you want and anywhere you are. You simply think new thoughts and take new actions. If you want to sail on a small sailboat around the world, you must think and act your circumnavigation into existence. It's not rocket science. Anyone can do it.
I don't know how many years I have left, but in the time that remains, I intend to finish well. I am going to make a difference in the lives of the people I meet. My life will be a part of something great. I am a purveyor of dreams and an encourager, and I will send a message of hope around the world with my websites and books. You have been warned. I will do my best to rock your world.
People who are psychologically blind don't control what they put into their mind. They don't understand that what they put inside will come back to haunt them. Everything they put in their mind is important because it changes who they are. When they change the things they look at, the way they look at things changes.
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.
I can't say that I have ever been depressed. There have been plenty of times that I have been down and discouraged, but I have never lost command and control or believed the negative thoughts that occasionally blow through my mind. But when I get down, I know the cure. All I have to do is climb into my Land Rover, and suddenly I feel great. Once I get behind the wheel of my Defender, I am instantly transported to a positive destination, and I know that life is good.
For most people, negative thinking is simply a sign of fatigue. Fatigue is normal; it isn't a pathological state, and it's a mistake to regard it as such. Fatigue makes cowards of everyone. When you are tired, your problems appear insurmountable. Although the horizon of life was clear only a few hours earlier, now mountains of difficulty suddenly loom into view. Your fears are now overwhelming. All of the hobgoblins of your subconscious mind dance merrily in front of your eyes.
It's time to eradicate depression from your mind. It's not going to be easy, but it is possible. Every day you must decide to not be depressed and take actions that move your life in a positive direction. The first step in winning the battle against depression is believing there is hope. The second step is learning to control your mental focus. The war for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
The fog of depression and anxiety is like the fog of war. It's hard to see where you are going, and even if you could see, you might not know which way to head to escape. In those hard times, it's all to easy to get disoriented and to strap yourself into the electric chair of depression.
The journey out of the Land of Depression is like an uphill climb that never seems to end. You just keep moving forward and climbing upward hoping that soon you will come out at the top. Driving out of the Land of Depression can be like going up the Moqi Dugway. You have to remember that if you keep on keeping on and make good choices, you will eventually make it to the top. Just because it is a long upward climb does not mean it is impossible. You have to keep moving forward and not surrender to fear and despair, and eventually you will conquer your depression.
What you put into your mind is critical. You cannot fill your mind with toxic waste and expect that you will somehow magically become a positive person. Putting water in a gas tank will not turn the water into gasoline. Putting toxic waste into your mind will not turn the toxic waste into positive thoughts. If you put garbage in, you get garbage out. If you put good stuff in, you get good stuff out.
Do you choose depression or does depression choose you? I have never met a person who chose to be depressed. The general feeling out there is that depression just happens. I strongly disagree with that statement. Although people don't consciously choose to become depressed, they do make choices that pave the royal road to depression. The choices you make about what you put into your mind, the chemicals you use, the things you watch in the media, the conversations you have, and what you say to yourself all have a massive impact on whether you have a positive or negative mind.
There’s a lot of push and shove going on in your mind, and you’re the one who’s getting pushed around. Too often, your inner voice beats you up and forces you into a corner. And after it knocks you down, it doesn’t stop the assault. It just keeps pummeling you with more negative and depressing thoughts. If you are going to break the back of negative thinking, you must do some pushing and shoving of your own. You will have to pump some mental iron and deliver a knock out punch to all the negative thoughts that have been giving you such a hard time. You are going to have to strong arm your mind.
I am a never quit sort of a person. Never quit is my mantra and my modus operandi. But when it comes to depression, you need to be an excellent quitter. You need to become an expert at how to send depression packing. If I was passing out blue ribbons to people who have won the battle for a positive mind and who no longer suffer with depression, the ribbon would say, "I am a quitter". This badge of honor would be reserved for people who stop doing depression. Anyone quitting depression has accomplished something major, and they deserve our respect, recognition, and admiration.
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.
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.
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.
Fear is a liar, and if you listen to the voice of fear, you will never live your dreams. When I was sailing through the Bab Al Mandeb in the southern Red Sea, I had fifty knots of wind on the port quarter, and I was soaked to the skin by breaking seas crashing into the yacht. Although I was wet and cold, there was no fear in my heart. My options were to sail on into the night and get extremely tired and wet, or to find an anchorage in the storm and hold on. Fear was not an option.
The Fear Doctor is in, and it's time to listen up. Fear and negativity always travel together, and you need to banish them both from your mind. You don't want them sailing with you on the ocean of your dreams. More than once during our sailing voyage around the world, our situation was a bit tenuous, but I can't say that I was ever afraid. Instead of listening to the voice of fear, I focused on doing those things that kept us safe, and you should do the same.
Fear should be a warning rather than a way of life. Unfortunately some people adopt a fear-based existence, and fear becomes a major driving force in their lives. Most people fear the wrong thing. Advertising loves the gospel of fear because it sells. Fearing the unlikely and the absurd is largely a waste of time and energy and misdirects your focus. In most cases, the thing that you fear is not the enemy. It is fear itself that is the real problem.
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 have been on the move for more than forty years in two Land Cruisers, six Land Rovers, four monohull sailboats and one catamaran. During many of those years I received my mail every two months in mail drops around the world. Things are different now. The Positive Mobile Web makes it possible to connect with people anywhere in the world from my Land Rovers and catamaran.
My green Defender is bogged down to the axles in the sands of the Arabian Empty Quarter. You might think that being monumentally stuck three-hundred kilometers off-road would make me sad, but if you thought that, you would be wrong. Why? Because if I am stuck, that means I am living my sand dreams.
Too many people have their life on hold waiting for the perfect place and time to work on their dreams. Unfortunately, if you don't work on them every day, they will never happen. You simply run out of time.Wherever you are is exactly the right place to work on your dreams.
Of all the challenges I face each day, living in the moment is probably the most difficult. I know I should be savoring each evanescent nanosecond that races through my life, but the truth is that too much of the time I'm somewhere other than here. No matter where my body is, my mind is someplace else.
More change is happening in the twenty-first century than at any other time in history, and the pace of change is accelerating. People who rise to the top in our new world will be those who are masters of change. They have done the math, and they are riding the exponential curve of positive change all the way to their dreams.
I have always wanted to be an explorer. Perhaps that is why I spent so much time sailing around the world on my catamaran and driving outback and beyond in my Land Rovers. Every time I explore a new world, I am reminded to not take my own world so seriously. After all, my world is not the world. It's only my way of looking at the world.
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.
The sea is the final frontier. It's the last place on the planet that hasn't been divided up, regulated, restricted and strangulated by over-reaching governments. You simply point the bow of your yacht offshore, and instantly you are free on the final frontier.
Every major adventure in my life has involved positive reframing. Life threatening challenges may have higher stakes, but the reframing is the same. You get to choose the meaning of every event of your life.
You have the privilege of deciding the meaning of every event in your life. You can choose a meaning that empowers you, or you can interpret it in a negative fashion so that it becomes a weapon of self-destruction. The frame you place around an event makes all the difference.
Jesus is the Great Physician, and He came to planet earth to change your expectations about who you are and what you can do with your life. He came to teach people how to think the way that God thinks so that positive expectations could rule their world.
You aren't going to have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps as you live God's dream for your life. God will be with you every step of the way. God is on your side and has your back. His plan for your life is good for you and is perfect for the type of person that you are. That is why you have positive expectations.
You already have enough faith to set sail on the ocean of your dreams. You don't need to see far into the distance. You only need to see far enough to take the next step. It doesn't matter what your dream is, today is the best day to work on your dreams. Conditions will never be more perfect than they are today. If you are still breathing, and if you have a dream, then now is the time to set sail.
Faith isn't something we do. It's something that God does to us when we suspend our disbelief , get out of the way, and stop limiting God. We don't have to have faith. Instead, faith has to have us.
We have a saying in our family, "Abbotts always come through." We have a solid conviction that no matter what happens, God can take our challenges and turn them into something good. We have no reason to fear.
Fear comes in many sizes and shapes. The list of things to fear is endless, and if you are not careful, fear can control your life. For most people, their greatest fear is the fear of death. Everyone needs to remember that it's never over until God says it's over.
If you want to deal with PTSD, you need to understand positive thinking for what it is and what it is not. You need to understand what it can and cannot do. You need to understand how it can help you, and how it can get you into trouble. You need to learn how to use positive thinking to make your life better rather than make it worse.
The Life Long Disoriented don't know who they are or where they are going. They live by default rather than by design, and they are unwilling to do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. When things don't work out, they always have an excuse, and it's never their fault. They are unable to maintain a sustained focus for the long haul. They are talkers rather than doers. They never commit themselves to anything with all their heart, mind, and strength.
The war for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus. Until you learn how to control your mental focus, you cannot win the battle for a positive mind. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
The Law of Positive Change states, "When you change the things you look at, the way you look at things changes. When you change the things you talk about, the way you talk about things changes. When you change the things you think about, the way you think about things changes."
Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.
Positive Christian Power is only about one thing - the power of God's love working in your life making you into a new and loving person. It has nothing to do with politics or world domination. It is the heart and soul of what it means to be Christian. Love is the hallmark of following Christ, and without love you are nothing.
Take a lesson from positive flowers that ignore the thorns of life, and they bloom where they are planted. Life is not about thorns. Life is about blooming. Your job is to take whatever happens and make it into something beautiful. Everything that God touches turns to beauty, and when God touches your life, it will become a beautiful thing.
Sometimes a simple yes or no is not good enough. You want to make sure the message is clearly understood. In times like that you say, "That's affirmative, or that's negative." Such was the case when we sailed our catamaran into Israel after sailing up the Red Sea and navigating the Suez Canal. We needed to be understood the first time.
Times have changed. I can now drive my Land Rover anywhere on planet earth and take all of my favorite books with me. In the bad old days, my mobile library consisted of four or five books because of weight and space limitations in our expeditionary vehicle. Now I can carry ten tons of books on my tablet and smartphone to the ends of the earth.
You are on a no limits expedition in which there is no limit to how good your life can become. Life is a test, and if you don't quit, you pass the test. Quitting is a terminal disease for which their is no cure, and doubting is nearly as bad. If you are going to doubt anything at all, you should doubt your limits.
Surviving sandstorms is easy. All you have to do is hunker down and hang on until the storm is over. Surviving the storms of the mind is an entirely different matter. The last time I checked the statistics, over eighteen thousand people used guns to commit suicide in the USA in a single year. When I listen to the news and talk with my patients, it's clear that there's an epidemic of depression sweeping over the land. Now is a good time to buy stock in drug companies that sell antidepressant drugs. So what went wrong? Lots of things went wrong, and nearly all of them are preventable. We have met the enemy, and he is us.
Although I have lots of things that I would like to see and do, my bucklet list does not contain any of those items. My list consists of great ideas that I want to make a part of my life. When that happens, my life will truly be my message. Until then, I have work to do.
Welcome to the twenty-first century where you can place an entire library of positive books in your shirt pocket. Taking your positive thinking books with you has never been easier. Your entire positive library resides comfortably in your pocket on your smartphone. You literally have a Positive Pocket Library that contains your Positive Pocket Books. Your library even includes Power Graphics that you can view and Positive Podcasts that you play on demand.
Smartphones are exceptionally smart, but they have a problem. Smartphones are not positive. Engineers are not interested in positive. They are interested in performance. I want smartphones to be positive, and it's my goal is to put the positive into smart phones around the world. The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind, and your smartphone gives you the power to fill your mind with positive things and to turn your life in a positive direction. For the first time in history, you hold in the palm of your hand everything you need to have a positive mind.
The war for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus. A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind. That is why positive eBooks and smartphones are so valuable. They help you maintain a persistently positive focus. You need to have a "pocket full of positive" with you at all times. Before the advent of smartphones and positive eBooks, I wrote positive quotes on file cards that I carried around with me. I ended up with a pocket full of file cards that I read through several times a day. Things are different now. I use smartphones and eBooks to push my mind in a positive direction.
The most powerful force in the universe is God's love, and when your heart is full of his love, it's full of God's presence and power. Positive Spiritual Power is not about you. It's about the power of love working through you to make a difference in the world. Spiritual power is not something that you possess; it's something you experience. If you want to have positive spiritual power, you simply become God's love in the world.
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.
The Positive Thinking Network is the home of positive thinking on the world wide web. It's where you come to discover everything you want to know about positive thinking. There are Positive Podcasts, Power Graphics, Positive Scriptures, Positive Self-Talk, Positive Affirmations, and much more. Your entire family can cruise through hundreds of positive websites. This is web safe cruising at its best. Each web site lifts you up, pushes your mind in a positive direction, and makes it easier to live your dreams. There is something positive for everyone.
The battle against depression is fought on the battlefield of focus. As long as you let depression do all the talking and control your mental focus, the battle is lost. It's impossible to win the battle until you go on the offensive and control the focus of your mind. If you are going to win the battle, you are going to have to discover the power of positive focus and use every tool at your disposal to develop and maintain a positive mental focus.
The Self-Talk University is the home of positive self-talk on the internet. Dr. Dave is the Positive Thinking Doctor, and he has made his self-talk available in one hundred and ninety-six countries around the world. The self-talk comes in different formats so you can read self-talk on your mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops. You can listen to Dr. Dave's self-talk on Positive Thinking Radio, and you can download his Positive Thinking Podcasts on iTunes.
Dr. Dave's podcasts will give you a new way of looking at yourself and your world. Say good-bye to your old way of thinking and feeling, and say hello to your new life. A few clicks of the mouse can make a big difference in your life. And to top it off, it's all free. Everyone could use some good news that pushes their mind in a positive direction, and that doesn't cost them anything.
You have a lot of things to discuss with your mind, and Positive Thinking Radio tells you what you should be talking about. You can change who you are by changing what you put into your mind. When you change the way you think, you change the way you feel, and your life changes as well.
Although the wheel of change turns slowly, it always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind. When you put new things into your mind, you become a new person with a new life.
Welcome to Positive Christian Radio where you can hear the sound of God's love. The most powerful force in the universe is God's love, and the most positive force in the universe is God's love. 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. It's time to experience the power of God's love. Learn to think the way that God thinks, and get in agreement with God. God has unlimited power, but He needs people who believe just like you in order to manifest the power and make miracles happen in the world.
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.
Jesus said, "Did I not tell you, that if you only believe, you would see the glory of God?" God has unlimited power, but He needs people who believe to manifest that power in the world. When you believe, you take the handcuffs off God, and miracles start to happen.
GOD NEEDS A FEW GOOD MEN AND A FEW GOOD WOMEN WHO WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.