ZERO TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
GET OUT OF YOUR EMOTIONAL RUTS
When I traveled in the Arabian
Desert, I frequently found myself driving in deeply rutted
desert tracks. My Land Rover followed wherever the tracks led.
If I took my hands off the steering wheel, the truckís wheels
automatically followed the twists and turns in the track; it was
almost as if the Land Rover was on autopilot.
Getting out of a deeply rutted
desert track can be difficult and dangerous. If I drove too
fast, I could lose control of the vehicle as I tried to leave
the track. When I wanted to get out of a track, I always did it
slowly and in a controlled manner.
Ruts are a safety problem, and
you try to stay out of them so you donít have an accident or
damage your vehicle. Ruts also create navigational problems
since they take you where you donít want to go. Ruts exist
because a large number of people drove down a desert track in
order to reach a particular destination. If you happen to be
going that way, you donít have a problem. But if you want to go
somewhere else, you must get out of the rut in order to travel
where you want.
You are not going to change the
ruts you find in the desert; there is nothing you can do to make
them go away. They will stay where they are, and if you donít
like them, you simply stay away from them. The same is true for
the ruts in your emotional mind. If you donít want to go where
they take you, stay away from them.
Your emotional mind often
behaves like rutted desert tracks. Thousands of emotional ruts
take you to destinations you donít want to visit.
The ruts in your emotional mind
go by many different names. Negative thinking and fear create
massive ruts from which escape is difficult. Despair and
depression cut deep ruts that afflict billions of people. You
need a strategy to get out of the ruts that ruin your life. You
need to turn the wheel of change in a new direction and climb
out of the ruts controlling your life.
Although escaping from
emotional ruts isnít easy, itís possible. One of the best ways
to do it is with positive affirmations. If you turn the wheel
of change in a new direction, it wonít be long before you are
out of the ruts that have held you captive for such a long time.
THE WHEEL OF CHANGE TURNS IN THE DIRECTION OF WHAT YOU PUT
INTO YOUR MIND
Although the wheel of change
turns slowly, it always turns in the direction of what you put
into your mind.
The way to get out of emotional
ruts is to put good things into your heart and mind so the wheel
of change turns in a positive direction. If you donít put new
things into your mind, you will travel in the same ruts that
have directed your life since you were born. Your life wonít
change, your damaged emotions wonít heal, and you wonít change
the way you feel.
INSTANT POSITIVE THINKING
Positive neuroassociations can
instantly lift you out of the ruts that control your life. They
are an instant form of positive thinking, and they make it easy
for you to put good things into your mind.
You donít need a Ph.D. in
psychology to make positive neuroassociations. All you need to
do is link an affirmation to a simple physical trigger. When
you pull the trigger, the positive affirmation and its entourage
of positive feelings pop into your mind.
The following affirmation
focuses on Godís love, and the trigger is a simple gesture.
Take your right fist and place it firmly in the palm of your
left hand. As you do this, repeat the following affirmation:
God loves me and accepts me the
way I am, but He loves me too much to let me stay that way. He
loves me from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, and it
doesnít get any better than that. There is no limit to how good
my life can become when I open my heart and mind to the power of
his love. I will max out on Godís love.
Repeat this affirmation twenty
times, and each time you do it, place your right fist solidly
into the palm of your left hand. After you do it enough times,
you will discover that whenever you repeat this gesture, you
will be reminded that the power of Godís love is flowing into
your heart and mind.
This neuroassociation will make
a big difference in your life if you repeat it until you feel
its positive power. The inner emotional skeptic will feel
strangely positive, and you will start to feel better.
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WWSD - WHAT WOULD STEVE DO?
one-hundred percent sure that if now was the the year 1800, I
would be packing my Conestoga wagon and heading toward the
setting sun to explore the western expanses of North America.
In my first sixty years, I have owned two Toyota Landcruisers,
five Defender Land Rovers, three monohull sailboats, and one
catamaran. All of these conveyances were my 21st century
Conestoga wagons that made it possible to live my dreams.
My catamaran made it possible to sail around the world on the
ocean of my dreams.
The Landcruisers made it possible to explore Mexico, all of
Central America, and Puerto Rico. The Defenders made it possible
to explore Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Emirates, and the outback of
Australia. I still have two Defenders ready to drive from Cape
Town to Cairo and from Buenos Aires to Alaska.
For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being
really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go,
I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to
do what I want to do with my life, seasoned with a pinch of
adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile. It doesn't matter
whether I drive down a hundred foot sand dune, sail through
pirate alley, or voyage across an ocean, I still get the feeling
that I am really alive and am accomplishing something that's
important to me. I'm living my dreams, and although it's a lot
of work, costs lots of money, and spends the currency of my
youth, that doesn't matter, because I'm doing what I want to do
with my life as I live without regrets.
On the wall in front of my desk, I have a graphic emblazoned in
large red letters:
Those letters mean, WHAT WOULD
I've always admired Steve Irwin from the
Australian Zoo and his outrageous ability to get the most out of
life. Whenever I feel like chickening out and surrendering my
dreams, I look up at my WWSD
sign, and I remind myself that if Steve was still here, he would
be living his dreams, and that there's no reason that I
shouldn't be living mine.
It's my dreams that get me up in the morning
and keep me going all day long. It's my dreams that keep me
sailing, and someday will take me around the world in my Land
Rover Defenders. Every time I go out sailing on the seven seas
and travel in my Defenders, I can feel the freedom bubble up in
my heart and mind.
Once you have a taste of freedom and live
your dreams, you are hooked for life, and nothing else will do.
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