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No matter what my age, I can still make my dreams come true.  It doesnít matter if I am nine or ninety-nine, the dream factory is always open and ready for business.  I can pick out a shiny new dream and start working on it.

No matter how many false starts I made in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.  Each start is the beginning of a new life.  The false starts of the past donít erase my future.  I would rather have a thousand false starts than do nothing at all.

No matter how many opportunities I missed in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.  As soon as I say yes to life, the door of opportunity still swings open.

No matter how many times I failed in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.  Past failures are not my prison.  Instead, they are the launching pad for my future.  Each failure eliminates a strategy that didnít work.  I focus on my dreams and forget my failures.  My future can be anything I want as long as I am willing to do whatever it takes.  No matter what happened in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.

Copyright © 2013


Dreams are dangerous things.  Sometimes they take over your life.

I spent the past thirty years sailing on the ocean of my dreams.  For most of those years, my feet were on dry land, but in my mind, I was sailing the seven seas.  I've sailed around the world dozens of times in my mind with Joshua Slocum, Harry Pidgeon, and Bernard Moitessier at my side.  I've survived the savage seas of the high southern latitudes with  the crew of Tzu Hang as they were pitchpoled in the waters off Cape Horn.  I've been with the Pardeys and the Hiscocks as they sailed on their voyages of discovery.  I've deployed parachute sea anchors and trailed drogues hundreds of times in the storms of my mind. I've dropped my anchor in Paradise and snorkeled in enchanted atolls.  I've even escaped from pirates - buccaneers of the mind who tried to steal my dreams.

In my mind,  I practiced sailing around the world for more than twenty years before I actually cast off my dock lines and set sail on my eleven year circumnavigation.

So how did it feel to make my dreams come true?

First, I would have to admit it was a bit scary to drop the dock lines and set sail.  This was a voyage of exploration into our unknowns, and unknowns were in abundance.  During the trip around the world, we often ran out of wind, sometimes we ran low on diesel fuel, but we never ran out of unknowns.

I didn't know how much the trip  was going to cost.   Working for eleven years in Saudi Arabia paid for my boat and supplied me with enough freedom chips to weather any  financial storms that came our way.  I knew that the trip was going to cost a lot of money, especially with college coming up for my kids.  Some days, I wondered if I could really afford to make the trip, but on most days, I KNEW THAT I COULDN'T AFFORD TO NOT MAKE THE TRIP The currency of my youth was in short supply, and having an awesome adventure with my family was worth any price.  And how do you count the richness of your life anyway?  Dreams or dollars?  Which will it be.  I'll take my dreams any day. 

Second,  I had never made an ocean passage before I started the voyage.  I had only sailed my catamaran six times before I started out on the trip.  I was unproven and my yacht was unproven.

The biggest things I had going for me were that I had a positive attitude, a positive family, and I had already sailed around the world dozens of time in my mind.  I quickly learned that sailing a catamaran isn't rocket science, and if we can do it, anyone can.  A conservative amount of sail and a positive attitude will take a sailboat just about anywhere you want to go.

Third, in my mind, I was afraid of pirates, tsunamis, and hurricanes.  As it turned out, we never met a pirate, we survived one global  tsunami in Thailand totally unscathed, and there was nary a hurricane that threatened our eleven year voyage.  The worst thing that happened on the entire circumnavigation was a car accident in New Zealand that broke two legs, fractured five ribs, and punctured one lung.  It took me out of commission for nearly a year, but it didn't stop the voyage of Exit Only.  After the fractures healed and I learned to walk again, we set sail for Fiji and continued sailing for nine more years before we completed our trip around the world.

Dreams do come true, and making them happen is within the capability of ordinary folks who have extraordinary dreams.  A positive attitude and unstoppable persistence allows anyone to sail on the ocean of their dreams.  All they have to do is do it.  All you can do, is all you can do, but all you can do is enough.

It's a lot of work to live your dreams, but that doesn't matter, because when you live your dreams, your life is worth living.  Your life keeps getting better, and before long you realize that there is no limit to how good your life can become.

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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
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