ZERO TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
MARSHALL YOUR RESOURCES
Identify your resources and prepare
them for action. Your resources must all be in position before you
counter attack. The advantage goes to the man who understands his
resources and positions them for maximum effect. His resources are
strategically positioned and poised for immediate action.
Marshalling of resources is the heart
and soul of risk management when you sail on the seven seas. You
donít need the courage of Captain Cook to sail around the world on a
yacht; you only need to marshal your resources so that everything is
ready in the event of an emergency.
On a sailboat, that means your life
raft and safety gear are properly stowed and ready for action. When
an accident happens, itís not the time to start marshaling your
resources. You do that before you leave the dock. Then when an
emergency happens offshore, you are able to safely deal with it.
PLAN YOUR COUNTER
Choose a single course of action that
has the highest probability of achieving your objective. Your
planning requires great attention to detail. You must have a primary
plan of attack with alternatives available in case unanticipated
problems arise. The plan must be on a scale consistent with available
resources and the objective must be within the realm of possibility.
When I first started driving off road
in the Arabian Desert, I felt lost, even when I had a GPS that told me
my exact latitude and longitude. Although I always knew my location,
the real problem was I didnít know what I was doing. I didnít know if
I was getting into trouble, and if I was in trouble, I wasnít sure
what I needed to do to get out.
After driving more than one-hundred
thousand kilometers in the deserts of Arabia and Australia, I no
longer worry about where I am, because my exact latitude and longitude
usually arenít that important. What is important is that I have
enough fuel, water, and spare parts to deal with any contingencies
When I traveled into the Empty
Quarter of southern Arabia, I rarely looked at my GPS because I wasnít
worried about my exact position. What I looked at was my fuel gauge,
and I made sure I had more than enough fuel to make my exit from the
deep desert. We always carried thirty percent more fuel than we felt
we needed so we never ran out of gas.
Before going into deep desert, I
always had an exit strategy that kept me out of trouble. That
strategy is called ďnavigating to a lineĒ; in this case it meant
navigating to an asphalt road or large desert track that I could
People who navigate to a point
frequently get into trouble, because if they miss that point, they are
lost. People who navigate to a line are rarely lost, because they can
hit the line anywhere along its path, and they are home free.
Whenever I went into the desert, it
really didnít matter where I went, and my exact latitude and longitude
werenít that critical. The important thing was I had a line I could
aim for when I was coming out of the desert. Although I may not have
known exactly where I was, I knew exactly which direction I had to
turn to get back home. My definition of being lost didnít have
anything to do with my location; it meant that I didnít have the
resources necessary to reach safety.
Whether you are driving in the desert
or navigating through a wasteland of personal adversity, you must have
a plan that will take you where you want to go. If you understand
your problem, there is an excellent chance you can construct a plan
that will take you to your destination with your objectives intact.
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I MAY BE WANDERING, BUT I'M NOT LOST
For twenty-eight years, I have lived, traveled, worked, and cruised
outside the USA.
My global adventures have sometimes been a source of confusion to my
family and friends. Some of them have even suggested that I have
wasted large segments of my life. After all, if I had gone mainstream
professionally, I could have been rich - maybe even famous.
They are probably right. I could have been rich and famous, but I
also would have been miserable, maybe even depressed, because I would
not have been living my dreams.
I worked as an eye surgeon for eleven years in Saudi Arabia, and then
I went sailing around the world with my family on my small yacht.
When I stopped doing ophthalmology and started living my cruising
dreams, many of my professional friends acted like I fell off a horse
and hit my head. They thought I was throwing everything away when I
moved on to different things.
They had a problem with their vision. They had a form of inner
blindness that prevented them from seeing my dreams. To them, it
looked like I was wandering, even lost.
Well, I have news for all the naysayers, disbelievers, and critics.
Even though I am wandering, I am not lost. I am on course, and I am
exactly where I want to be, because I am living my dreams.
In one of my books (unpublished) I have a term that I use to describe
a group of clueless people; I call them the Life Long Disoriented.
These folks don't know who they are, and they don't know where they
are going. They are adrift on the ocean of life.
I am not a member of the Life Long Disoriented because I know exactly
who I am. I am Captain Dave, circumnavigator of planet earth. I am
Landroverman, an expert in expeditionary travel in Land Rover
Defenders. I am Dr. Dave, a flying doctor with the Indian Health
Service flying out to Indian reservations to deliver health care in
Arizona. I am also a speaker, writer, podcaster, webmaster, and
I also know where I am going. I am traveling in the direction of my
dreams. Wherever my dreams take me, that's where I will end up.
Although it may look like I am wandering, I definitely am not lost. I
have been living my life on purpose for the past 59 years, and I plan
to continue living the same way.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is that if you
aren't living your dreams, you are wasting your life. So go ahead.
Live your dreams. You'll be glad that you did.
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