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Empowering beliefs 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 Volcano Land. 

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 down.

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.


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 dreams.


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How to Make a Life
Change Who You Are
Positive Operating System
Resourceful Beliefs
Unlimited Potential for Excellence
Who You Are
What You Think About Expands
Practice Being Great
What I Think About Matters
Think on These Things
Consistently Control Your Mind
When Will I Get Better
Positive Expectations
POS Version I - Operating System for my Mind
I Turn Bad Things into Better Things
Opportunity Is a Shy Visitor
I Am Potential Unlimited
There Is No Limit to How Good My Life Can Become
Say Yes to Life
I Can Still Make My Dreams Come True
Freedom Is Only a Thought Away
Exceptional Beliefs
The Meaning of Life
Every Destination Starts as a Thought
A New Beginning Creates a New Ending
I Change My Mind in an Instant of Time
The Power of Positive Focus
Ready for Change
I Am Willing to Do Whatever It Takes
Change First Happens in My Mind
How Change Happens
Endless Persistence
Do It Now
Semper Fidelis
No Reason to Wait
The Call to Action
Positive Action and Negative Thoughts
Failure Is Never Final
Pulling the Weeds and Planting the Seeds
I Build My Future Thought by Thought
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Limiting Beliefs Are a Choice
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Make Your Limitations Disappear
Get a Fresh Start - Clean Your Mind
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Fly Like an Eagle
Positive Focus
Repetition Hijacks My Mind
The Gift That Never Stops Giving
Put a Positive Spin on Your Life
Positive Thinking Is Not Enough
Calm the Storm of Thoughts
Feed Your Mind Three Meals a Day
Write Your Way to a Positive Mind
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Listen to the Sound of My Dreams
Superheroes of the Mind
Association and Dissociation
Power or Paralysis
Statement of Purpose
Written Plan
Escape Limited Thinking
The Direction of Motivation
Count Your Blessings
The Recipe for Achievement
A Blessing That Lasts Three Lifetimes
Keep Your Goals in Perspective
Keep Money in Perspective
Handle With Care
The Positive Mind Pump
Negative Black Hole
Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking
Negative Thinking Is a Warning
Conflict Brings Negative Thoughts into My Life
Give Up Your Need to Be Right
Negative Thoughts Are a Stop Sign
Never Argue With Negative Thoughts
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Cockroaches of the Mind
Guilt - Hazardous Substance - Handle With Care
Time Travel
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Live As If You Are a Forgiving Person
Live As If You Are a Thankful Person
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Never Quit Working on Your Dreams
Keeping Adversity in Perspective
Surviving the Storm
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