For as long as I can remember, I have been on safari. 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. It didn't matter if the broadcasts were in French, English, Spanish, Swahili, or Chinese. 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.
Freedom has many different faces.
I was born in a country in which freedom forms the cornerstone of our democracy. We have a Bill of Rights that guarantees basic freedoms unknown in many parts of the world. The truth is, everywhere on planet earth, people are free, but the consequences of exercising that freedom may be catastrophic. I have been in countries in which the secret police are more than happy to watch you exercise your personal freedom, because it makes their job easier. They know who they need to keep under surveillance. Any country without a Bill of Rights is a scary place to live, and for that matter, any country eroding their Bill of Rights is turning its back on greatness. To the degree they amend their fundamental freedoms, to that degree they have fallen from grace and trivialized the sacrifices made by all who have gone before that gave their lives to guarantee their freedom.
Many people don't understand the meaning of freedom. They talk about freedom, but worship at the altar of irresponsibility. They actually believe the world owes them the right to do whatever they want, irrespective of the impact it has on themselves or other people. That's not freedom; it's anarchy and chaos.
If you can take the Bill of Rights seriously without sliding down the slippery slope of irresponsibility, you are headed in the right direction. That doesn't mean you are free, but at least you have a firm foundation on which you can build a life.
The Bill of Rights protects your freedom from being compromised by forces outside yourself. But there is nothing in that document that makes you free, because true freedom comes from within. Your culture has many powerful forces at work that would curtail your personal freedom, but they never march in the front door and put shackles on your arms and legs, They come in the back door with their ball and chain, place them on the table, and let you put them on all by yourself. They don't need to strong arm you or even intimidate you, because you will make choices that will shackle you more securely than a regiment of secret police ever could.
When you sign on the dotted line for a thirty year mortgage on an expensive house and a five year loan on a fancy car, you just put the shackles on, and it's going to be a long time before you have enough freedom chips to once again be free. You know exactly what you are going to be doing in the foreseeable future, maybe even for the next thirty years.
Without realizing it, young people often make choices that last a lifetime. Those who exercise their freedom to engage in promiscuous behavior and inject drugs often find themselves shackled to hepatitis B and AIDS, their new and unwanted life long companions who will not and cannot go away. It's unfortunate that God didn't install a freedom meter in the middle of their forehead, so they could take a look in the mirror to check out the long term consequences of the choices they make.
During most of my adult life, I have placed a high value upon maintaining my personal freedom to the greatest extent possible. Nevertheless, most of the time, the choices I have made have limited my freedom to a significant degree. There's not a lot of freedom when you spend four years in college, four years in medical school, five years in internship, residency, and fellowship training that made me into a board certified ophthalmologist, and retina and vitreous surgeon. That's thirteen years shackled to the study carrel in the library, the emergency room, the operating theatre, and all that has to happen before I could put up my shingle and practice medicine independently in the real world. Add to that the responsibility of raising a family and paying for their education all the way through university. That's why I didn't dispose of my scalpel or take down my shingle until I was forty-seven years old.
So what did I do to keep from going crazy in my world of limited freedom?
First, I chose to work overseas in international medicine. This single choice opened the floodgates of freedom, the likes of which haven't been seen in the United States for fifty years. Overseas, doctors are still held in high esteem, and I was able to practice my craft unencumbered by the dead weight of Medicare, insurance companies, and a legal system running amok. When I worked overseas, my job was to help people. Period. Not to fill out Medicare forms. Not to argue with insurance companies for reimbursement. Not to practice defensive medicine because I needed to cover my buns. My patients knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was their advocate, and I would move heaven and earth to do everything humanly possible to fix their detached retina, to restore lost vision. They trusted in God, and they trusted in me, and rightly so. If you can't trust your doctor and hand him your burdens, then you need to visit another physician. Practicing medicine in the third world was an extremely demanding but very liberating experience, and if I had to do it over again, I would do the same thing. Freedom to practice your craft in an unencumbered manner is worth its weight in gold.
Second, even though I lived and worked for sixteen years in Saudi Arabia, I had more personal freedom in Arabia than in any place I have lived in the world. The reason is simple. In Arabia, I lived in a parallel universe in which none of the rules affecting the Saudis applied to me. At the same time, the long arm of my own culture didn't reach across the sea and control my daily life. I had the freedom to be myself and live my life how I pleased as long as I showed up for work on time and practiced my profession with integrity. Everyone who has been an expatriate in Arabia knows what I am talking about, and that's why so many of them worked there for such a long time. The parallel universe can be a wonderful place to invest your life.
Third, the Arabian desert was one of the last places on planet earth where you could do expeditionary travel without fear of running over landmines or getting caught in a crossfire in a civil war. Arabia was peaceful, and you could get in your Land Rover Defender and drive off-road for 500 kilometers in any direction once you were outside Riyadh, and no one cared where you went. They didn't even stop you at checkpoints. They simply motioned you and your Land Rovers through the checkpoints, because the authorities knew you were not a threat; you were just going into the desert to have the adventure of a lifetime. There is no place on planet earth that was safer or more accessible to people who wanted to drive off-road. The Empty Quarter is the biggest sandbox in the world with sand dunes hundreds of feet high, and we spent weeks each year exploring this sandy playground.
Fourth, I saved freedom chips. Each year that I lived in the magic kingdom, I saved up more freedom chips, so that one day I could buy a freedom machine, a catamaran, that I would sail around the world.
Fifth, I chose to live the unencumbered life. That means I kept my infrastructure to a minimum whenever possible. I never owned a house during the twenty-eight years that I worked overseas, but I did own six Land Rover Defenders that made my safari dreams come true.
Finally, freedom is just a thought away. You can't be free until you learn to think thoughts that result in freedom. You must think and act freedom into your life.
When I sit behind the wheel of my Land Rover Defenders, I feel the freedom start to bubble up in my mind. And when I look at Exit Only anchored in paradise, I thank God that I live in a place and time in which I have the freedom to sail on the ocean of my 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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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. Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
I can change who I am by changing what I put into my mind.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Although I can't control all the events of my life, I can control what I put into my mind. I have sufficent control over my mind to shape the outcome of my life in a way that reflects my goals and aspirations.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
I have an infinite number of future lives that I can live, and the way that I run my mind determines which of them it will be.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
No matter how positive my life is, thinking negative makes it worse. No matter how negative my life is, thinking positive makes it better. No matter what happens, I choose to think positive.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Every problem has a silver lining, and when I solve the problem, I get to keep the silver lining. The more problems I solve, the richer I become.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
When I focus on a thought, I force my mind to look in the direction of that thought. When I consistently focus on it day after day, my life moves in that direction. The focus of my mind expands into my life.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
If I am having trouble getting 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.Zero Tolerance To Negative 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.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
I am the only one who can change my life, because I am the only one who can change my mind.Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking
Positive Christian Self-Talk is as much about God as it is about you. The self-talk contained in this book is designed to change your life. You learn to think the way that God thinks and speak the way that God speaks so that your self-talk has real power. It's time to get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with your life. It's time to speak your new life into existence. 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 in your life, all of your self-talk must be forged in the fires of positive expectations. It's time to jump into God's ocean of love and have a life changing experience. Positive Christian Self-Talk points your life in the right direction and gives you the power to make the trip. Positive Christian Self-Talk is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
You don't need to see far into the distance. You only need to see where to take the next step, and positive self-talk helps you take that next step.Positive Christian Self-Talk
God has already given you the ability to achieve excellence in at least one area of your life. You already have all the tools you need to be the best you can be and do the best you can do. You just have to do it. Positive Christian Self-Talk
God never asks you to do something without giving you the resources to make it happen.Positive Christian Self-Talk
When you get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with your life, your self-talk develops real power and rises to a new level.Positive Christian Self-Talk
Your mind is waiting to hear from you, and you need to send it a positive message.Positive Christian Self-Talk
You need to get in agreement with God so that your self-talk points you in the right direction and gives you the power to make the trip.Positive Christian Self-Talk
You need a new way of thinking. More than anything else, you need to learn how to think as God thinks. Until you get your thinking straightened out, your self-talk will make you stumble. Bad thinking creates bad self-talk.Positive Christian Self-Talk
God is the God of the possible. Impossible is not found in his vocabulary, and it should not be found in yours. Everything is possible when you think the way God thinks.Positive Christian Self-Talk
You don't get what you want. You get what you expect.Positive Christian Self-Talk
When Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done to you," he meant exactly what he said. He created a universe in which positive expectations rule. It doesn't matter than much what you want. It's what you expect that counts.Positive Christian Self-Talk
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. In order to live as if you are great, you have to think the way great people think, talk the way great people talk, and act the way great people act. Great people think, talk, and act their dreams into existence. 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. Some people wrongly believe that change is impossible. Leopards don't change their spots, and zebra stripes are forever. But people are different. People change their stars. They change their stripes, and their spots disappear in an instant of time. That instant happens the moment they develop positive expectations and believe they have the power to change. Positive self-talk and positive expectations can take you anywhere you want to go. Positive Self-Talk Purple Book is now available in ebook format at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
When you change your expectations, you change your life. Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Positive self-talk does not work forever. It works a day at a time. If you don't repeat positive self-talk every day, it will not work, because every day you must build a new bridge to your dreams.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
If you are repeating the same self-talk today that you did a year ago, something is wrong. If you have the same expectations today that you had a year ago, it's time to make serious changes. If you want to live as if you are a great person, new self-talk and new expectations are in order.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Great people have great expectations, and they continually work on their dreams. They believe there is no limit to how good their life can become.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
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.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Limitations are a subtle form of negativity that is socially acceptable. They don't have a bad sound or smell. It even has the appearance of maturity to not struggle with reality and to accept the limitations that appear to be present in the world.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
There is no reason to place limits on any worthwhile objective until I try to make it happen. Limiting beliefs are a choice, and I choose to not have any.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
If I don't like what I hear when my mind talks to me, I have the power to change the message.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Positive self-talk gives me the power to control the focus of my mind.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Positive self-talk is not about where I have been. It's about where I am going.Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
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. Before you can be great, you have to be good. Before you can be good, you have to be bad. Before you can be bad, you have to try. Millions of people stop at try. Thousands get stuck at bad. Hundreds quit at good. A few go all the way to great. If you don't have persistence, you willl never make the trip from try to bad to good to great. Positive Self-Talk Red Book helps you develop a persistently positive focus so that you can develop a consistently positive mind. More than one-hundred Power Graphics contain powerful thoughts that you need to have in your mind. Positive Self-Talk Red Book is now available at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind. Positive Self Talk Red Book
Your brain is an affirming machine, and it spends all its waking hours affirming things about who you are and what you can do with your life. You brain is positive about everything in your life. It may be wrong, but it is never in doubt.Positive Self Talk Red Booke
Your mind is positive about many things that are simply untrue. It affirms all of your limiting beliefs from the past.Positive Self Talk Red Book
Although your mind is an affirming machine, you don't have to believe everything it says. If you believe everything your mind tells you, it will not be long before you are in trouble. The brain excels in its ability to pump out affirmations, but it's a miserable failure at separating truth from error and the positive from the negative.Positive Self Talk Red Book
When your mind pumps out negative affirmations, it becomes a weapon of mass destruction that ruins your life.Positive Self Talk Red Book
The war for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus.Positive Self Talk Red Book
If you are not living your dreams, you probably are getting hammered and nailed on the battlefield of focus. You simply must get your focus right to win the battle for a positive mind.Positive Self Talk Red Book
It doesn't matter how fast you run, if it's in the wrong direction, you will never reach your dreams. It doesn't matter how much self-talk you repeat, if it's the wrong self-talk, you will stay right where you are or make your problems even worse.Positive Self Talk Red Book
Focus give me the leverage I need to move my mind and my world. A persistently positive focus really does create a consistently positive mind.Positive Self Talk Red Book
The easiest way to push my mind in a positive direction is to persistently focus on positive things.Positive Self Talk Red Book
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.