increase my strength and energy. They get me going and keep me going
when the going gets tough.
Empowering beliefs put me in control of my life. They authorize me to
move in the direction of my dreams.
Only one person needs to give me
permission to go for my dreams, and thatís the person I see when I look
in the mirror. My life is mine alone, and that grants me all the
authority I need to do what I want to do and be all that I can be.
My empowering beliefs enable me to ignore the rejection and temporary
setbacks that I experience on the path to my dreams.
When the going gets tough, I keep on keeping on. I dig in and keep
pushing toward the goal line. I never quit, because I may be only one
yard away from making a touchdown. If I am on the one-yard line and
quit, I lose. If I am on the one-yard line and persist, I win. I will
never quit working on my dreams.
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The first rule of desert travel is never go alone. Green Rover is
breaking this rule by making a solo 100 kilometer trip off road into
Why did we break the rule?
First, it was the middle of the Arabian winter, and there was zero
chance that we would die of thirst as long as we stayed with our
vehicle. We had two-hundred liters of water in the car, and we could
have lasted a month without outside help if the Defender had broken
Second, approximately every twenty kilometers along the desert track,
there was an isolated Bedouin family living in a camel hair tent, and if
we needed help, we could hike back to the last set of tents to get
assistance. There was zero risk of hyperthermia or dehydration at that
time of year.
Third, if we needed assistance, we could start a fire and burn a spare
tire sending up a billowing black smoke signal for all to see. Every
Bedouin for miles around would come to see what was causing the smoke.
Fourth, our vehicle was in excellent condition with two spare tires and
we had plenty of fuel in reserve.
Fifth, I speak some Arabic and I worked at King Khalid Eye Specialist
Hospital in Riyadh. Bedouins all over Arabia had friends and relatives
operated on at our hospital, and it's likely that the local people would
have an extremely positive attitude toward us because we worked there.
The trip turned out great. We enjoyed the volcanoes, the lava tubes,
and the stark beauty all around. The biggest risk on this trip is
problems with the tires. The sharp volcanic rock is not only abrasive,
it also can cut through the sidewalls. One of our friends who made the
same trip suffered with four flat tires, and he had to wait while
someone drove to a small town to purchase replacements.
We gave ourselves permission to venture alone off-road in this sparsely
populated patch of desert. Although this undertaking was not without
risk, the risk appeared manageable, and we had reasonable contingency
plans in the event of a problem.
Getting permission to live your dreams is hard, especially when you feel
like you need permission from other people. Fortunately, the only
permission you really need is from the person you see when you look in
the mirror. If the person in the mirror says it's ok, then you have all
the permission necessary to live your dreams.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR EXCUSES?
Permission rituals offer tailor made excuses that guarantee you will
never live your dreams.
If you don't want to live your dreams, ask permission from your family,
friends, the boss, the big boss (government) or even God. If
you look hard enough, you will find dozens of reasons why your dreams
are a bad idea, and why they are impossible.
The only person you must consult about your dreams is the person you see
when you look in the mirror. If you have that person's permission,
then you have all the permission you need to start working on your