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Positive action is the only appropriate response to a negative thought.

When a negative thought pops into my mind, I turn on my Good Finder and remind myself of all my blessings.  I look for the good in my family, my friends, my work, and myself.  I count my blessings, and continue counting them, until my thoughts move in a positive direction.

When a negative thought pops into my mind, I review my Power Graphics.  They drive their powerful positive message deep into my consciousness, they push negativity aside, and they help me focus on my dreams.

When a negative thought pops into my mind, I repeat positive self-talk.  It pushes my inner voice in a positive direction and restores my positive perspective.

Positive action is the only appropriate response to negative thoughts. They are not welcome, and they donít stand a chance when I take positive action.

Copyright © 2013


I'm a lucky man.  At least, that is what scientists tell me.  One astronomer, Peter Ward, speculated in his book "Rare Earth" that there are no more than a dozen places in the entire universe where it would be possible for humans and carbon based life to exist.  He points out that in the center of the universe, the radiation levels are too intense for life to survive.  Only at the outer edges of the universe would radiation be sufficiently reduced for a world like ours to develop.  He says we are lucky, because we are in the milky way galaxy on the outer rim of the universe, and as far as we know, this is the only planet where life definitely exists.  Billions of dollars have been spent on studying the far reaches of space, and as yet, we seem to be the only lucky ones.

Just how lucky are we?  Well, if our planet was any closer to the sun, it would burn up in searing heat, and if it were farther from the sun, earth would become a frozen planet - a ball of ice hurtling through space.  Just luck?  I don't think so.

We have an atmosphere that contains approximately twenty percent oxygen - just enough to support animal life, and we have plants that take in carbon dioxide, and regenerate it to form more oxygen for us to breathe which keeps us alive.  Just luck?  I don't think so.

We have an atmosphere just thick enough to protect us from harmful x-rays and other forms of ionizing radiation from the sun and outer space.  Just luck?  I don't think so.

Scientists tell me a small double helix of nucleic acids called DNA encodes the information that determines my genetic destiny.  That DNA packs a whopping punch.  It's a genetic cookie cutter that determines every physical characteristic of who I am.  Every cell in my body contains a complete set of genetic information in my chromosomes, and the dimensions of one complete set of chromosomes is so tiny it wouldn't even fill the space in the eye of a needle.  It's spectacular nanoengineering that boggles the mind.  Just luck?  I don't think so.

Neuroscientists tell me my brain has trillions of neurons wired together in such a manner that I have infinite capacity to store information in my brain, and most amazing of all, I have the gift of consciousness.  I am aware of myself, my place in the world and apart from the world.  I can actually think and create.  Just luck?  I don't think so.

So much for what scientists say about how lucky I am.  I have a different way of measuring whether I am a lucky person.  Let's go down my personal lucky list:

1.  I had the privilege of being born in a place and time in which I had the personal freedom to live my life as I pleased.  I didn't need to ask the king, the sheriff of Nottingham, the local warlord, or the dictator of the decade for permission to live my dreams.

2.  I had the privilege of receiving a college education.

3.  I had the privilege of going to medical school and become a physician.

4.  I had the privilege of becoming a board certified ophthalmologist.

5.  I had the privilege of becoming a retina vitreous surgeon, and was able to fight against blindness caused by cataracts, retinal detachment, diabetes, and ocular trauma.

6.  I had the privilege of living in a country which protects freedom of speech.

7.  I had the privilege of living in a country which protects freedom of religion.

8.  I had the privilege of serving my country for five years in the U.S. Navy.

9.  I had the privilege of living in Puerto Rico and sailing in the Caribbean for five years.

10.  I had the privilege of having a great wife.

11.  I had the privilege of having two great children.

12.  I had the privilege of working overseas in Panama, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Liberia, and Saudi Arabia.

13.  I had the privilege of learning to speak and read French, Spanish, English, and Arabic.

14.  I had the privilege of owning five Land Rover Defenders - dream machines that have taken me outback and beyond in the deserts of Arabia and Australia.

15.  I had the privilege of sailing around the world on my twelve meter catamaran Exit Only for the past eleven years.

16.  After a car accident, I had the privilege of receiving transfusions of seven units of blood, and I didn't get hepatitis or AIDS from the transfusions.

17.  After breaking five ribs, two legs, one shoulder blade, and puncturing one lung, I am still living my dreams ten years later.

18.  I had the privilege of studying tropical medicine and performing my internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone.

19.  I had the privilege of surviving the largest tsunami of the last century, and neither I nor my yacht received a single scratch.

20.  I had the privilege of sailing the Singapore Straits without getting struck by lightning, while five other yachts were struck by lighting at the same time and place.

21.  I had the privilege of sailing under the noses of the pirates of the Malacca Straits and the Gulf of Aden without a problem.

22.  I had the privilege of visiting fifty countries around the world.

23.  I had the privilege of having sufficient financial resources to live many of my dreams.

24  I had the privilege of writing five books.

25.  I had the privilege of having twenty-eight web sites in all stages of development, called the positive web ring.  PositiveWebRing.com.

26.  I had the privilege of having a personal relationship with God based on love, and when I talk to God, I have the privilege of calling him Father.

This list is getting very long.

So what do you think?  Am I a lucky man?  My mother doesn't believe in luck.  She tells me I am blessed, and I'm inclined to agree with her.


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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 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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