Every destination starts as a thought.
Thatís why my thoughts are so important; they determine where I go in
life. My dreams donít happen by themselves; I must think and act them
First, I must think new thoughts. My old way of thinking will never
result in a new life. If I continue to think the same old thoughts, I
will get the same old life. I must think new thoughts if I want to have
a new life.
Second, I must develop new beliefs. Many thoughts pass through my mind,
but never take up permanent residence. They pay a short visit and
disappear. When I repeat a thought enough times, it becomes engrained
in my mind. Engrained thoughts are called beliefs. I must repeat new
thoughts long enough until they become new beliefs that guide my life.
Third, I must take new actions based on my new thoughts and beliefs. I
must think and act my new life into existence. Only new thoughts, new
beliefs, and new actions result in a new life.
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It's almost scary when you realize that every destination starts with a
Every positive dream that I have ever had started out with a single
thought. When I saw the National Geographic article that featured the
voyage of Robin Lee Graham sailing around the world on Dove, an idea was
planted in my mind, and it determined the course of my life. I knew
that someday I would sail around the world on my own yacht.
Every thought that I think is a seed that grows into my life as long as
I water and nurture it after it springs to life. I can go anywhere I
want as long as I am willing to think the thoughts that take me there.
We ended up cruising among the islands of Thailand because we thought
those islands into our life. When we were in Australia, we had to
decide whether we would sail to Christmas Island and across the Indian
Ocean, or if we would sail through Indonesia, Borneo, Singapore,
Malaysia, and Thailand before we crossed the Indian Ocean. That single
decision to sail north changed our destiny.
Because our thoughts took us north, we visited exotic Bali and remote
Borneo. We communed with the Orangutans of Kalimantan and dodged
fishing nets at night in the Java Sea. We experienced the thunderstorms
of the Singapore monsoon while five of our fellow cruisers had their
yachts struck by lightning in the same area within a period of one
week. We visited stilt villages over the water along the Malaysian
coast. We snorkeled in caves at the base of limestone cliffs. We even
survived a global tsunami in Thailand without a scratch.
All of those things happened because of the thought:: "Lets head north
and visit Thailand."
You have to be careful about the thoughts you think, because they
determine the outcome of your life. Your thoughts determine whether you
live your nightmares or your dreams.
Right now, I'm thinking new thoughts about the adventures that I want to
have during the remainder of my life. I'm working on a bunch of new
dreams, and my dilemma is that I have too many dreams and not enough
Since every destination starts with a thought, it's time to select some
new thoughts and build my life around them. How does a driving trip
around the world in a Land Rover Defender sound? A sailing voyage
across the Pacific to Australia sounds pretty good as well.
What kind of thoughts are you thinking, and where are those thoughts