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Failure is never final unless I quit.  Failure isnít a terminal event; itís only a false step on the path to my dreams.  It may make me stumble, but it will not make me stop.  Failure is a test, and if I keep moving in the direction of my dreams, I pass the test.

True failure happens when I believe that I can think the same old thoughts, take the same old actions, and still get a new life.  When I fail, I must stop two things:  I must stop what I am thinking and stop what I am doing.  If I continue to think the same old thoughts and take the same old actions, failure will become a permanent part of my life.

I know how to fail intelligently.  When I fail, I learn something from it, and I donít repeat my mistake.  I maintain my purpose and reformulate my plan taking into account what I have learned.  Each failure eliminates an unsuccessful strategy that could have prevented me from reaching my dreams.  As I walk on the path to my dreams, I carry a backpack full of new thoughts and actions.  Each time I fail, I pull a new thought and new action out of my backpack.  It doesnít matter if I fall down.  As long as I get back up, think new thoughts, and take new actions, I will reach my dreams.

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Riyadh sits on top of the Tuwayq escarpment two-thousand feet above sea level.  Just outside Riyadh, the escarpment drops off seven-hundred feet to the east into the dunes of the sedimentary Nedj.

Standing on top of the escarpment you see the effects of millions of years of erosion on the Arabian Shield.  Wadis hundreds of feet deep cut through this plateau creating massively dissected terrain.  Trickles of water that occasionally became torrents left their indelible imprint on the landscape.

A similar thing can happen in your mind.  When you think the same thoughts again and again, those thoughts create deep ruts and canyons in your mind, and before long, they define your life.  Mental ruts control your destiny.  Living in the canyons of the mind can be a nightmare if those canyons were created by negative and destructive thoughts.

It's a bad idea to live a rutted life.  You think the same old thoughts, take the same old actions, and get the same old life.

If you are going to live a rutted life, then make sure those ruts are positive, empowering, resourceful and unlimited.  At least those types of thoughts will support you on your journey.

Even better than that, stay out of ruts entirely.  Make a real effort to live the unrutted life.  Every day,  think new thoughts and take new actions so that each day is a new adventure.


Every once in a while you'll hear me exclaim, "This is as good as it gets."   The problem with this statement is that it's wrong.

You will never reach a place in your life where it's impossible for things to improve.

No matter how bad your life is, it can still get better.

No matter how good your life is, it can still improve.

The farther down you are, the more room you have for improvement.  If you are depressed, lonely, and destitute, that's good, because you have lots of room for improvement.

If you are happy, if you have dozens of friends, and if you have plenty of money, that's also good, because things can still get better.

No matter who you are, where you live, or what you have done in the past, there is no limit to how good your life can become.

Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking

Owner's Manual for Your Mind
Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love Positive Christian Self-Talk
Positive Self-Talk Red Book Positive Self-Talk Purple Book

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How to Be Great
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
Change Who You Are

Be Excellent

Limiting Beliefs Are a Choice
Barriers or Hurdles
Make Your Limitations Disappear
Get a Fresh Start - Clean Your Mind
Toxic Waste Management
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
What Do I Find When I Squeeze My Mind?
Miracles Happen
Cockroaches of the Mind
Guilt - Hazardous Substance - Handle With Care
Time Travel
Live As If You Are a Positive Person
Live As If You Are a Loving Person
Live As If You Are a Forgiving Person
Live As If You Are a Thankful Person
Live As If You Are a Tolerant Person
Never Quit Working on Your Dreams
Keeping Adversity in Perspective
Surviving the Storm
Fearosaurus Rex



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