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No amount of positive thinking will take something bad and turn it into something good.  Nevertheless, positive thinking will turn it into something better.

I am an expert at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and I know how to get the best out of life no matter what happens.  Although itís impossible to always get exactly what I want, I can take bad situations and make them into something better.

Going for the better isnít a fantasy or fairy tale.  Itís an essential skill that I must use if I want to reach my dreams.  I will have many opportunities to take bad experiences and make them better.  Whenever I canít get what I want, I have a choice.  I can accept the bad experience and learn to live with it, or I can make it into something better.

When life doesnít work out as planned, I will not surrender or assume that all is lost.  I will take bad things and convert them into better things.  No matter what happens, I will never stop working on my dreams

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One of the first rules you learn about driving in sand is that when you are in a hole, stop digging.

When I started driving in dunes, I frequently got stuck in patches of soft sand.  As a novice, when I bogged down, I spun my tires which made me sink progressively deeper until the chassis rested solidly on the ground.   Only then did my Defender stop sinking.

Eventually I discovered that if you don't spin your wheels when you first get stuck, you don't sink down nearly as far.  It's much easier to recover a bogged vehicle when it's not buried all the way up to the chassis.

We developed a damage control rule for everyone who drove with us in the sand.  When the forward motion of the vehicle ceases, you immediately stop spinning your tires so that vehicle recovery will be easier.  When we did it that way, we could usually go in reverse and back out of the sand trap if a couple of people got out and gave the vehicle a push with their hands.  Only occasionally was it necessary to use sand ladders, winches, or snatch straps.

This rule is applicable to life in general.  When you find yourself stuck, when forward motion ceases, it's time to stop digging.  If you continue to spin your mental wheels, you will only sink deeper into the muck and mire.   Whatever it was that you were doing before you got into trouble, you must immediately cease and desist.  If you don't stop, you will only sink deeper making it more difficult to get your life back on track.

You might want to write that rule on paper and look at it several times a day when you are having problems.  If you stop digging and start doing something constructive, it won't be long before you are back to living your dreams.

I really got stuck this time.  I drove about fifty feet into soft sand, and the easiest way to recover my vehicle was to hook up a winch.  We could have used sand ladders to extract our bogged Defender, but it would have taken a long time and a lot of effort.  We were about 300 kilometers off-road, and we had places to go and things to do, so we took the quick and easy way out.


I'm grateful for all the times I've been stuck over the years.  That's what happens when I live my dreams.

I've been up to my axles in sand too many times to count.  That's terrific because it means I am living my sand dreams.

I been sailing offshore in forty five knots of wind and eighteen foot seas trailing warps behind my boat, and that's fantastic.  That means I am sailing on the ocean of my dreams.

I've been stuck in front of a computer screen writing books on positive thinking for more than ten years.  That's good because my writing is helping other people live their dreams.

I've been stuck for thousands of hours working on my websites, and that totally awesome, because I now have a Positive Web Ring that reaches people in 180 countries around the world.

If I'm lucky I'll get stuck somewhere in Africa when I drive from Cape Town to Cairo in my Land Rover. 

I've been stuck too many times to count, and I hope my good fortune continues.


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Owner's Manual for Your Mind
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Positive Self-Talk Red Book Positive Self-Talk Purple Book

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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
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
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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
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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