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Guilty Of Living My Dreams

Take a look at these fish.  They belong to a group called "Everyone Anonymous".  Almost all the fish in the sea belong to this not-so-exclusive group.  They distinguish themselves by always doing the same thing as everyone else.  They swim in the same direction, they turn together, dive together, and surface together.  They look exactly alike, and when the fish police put them in a line up, they can't pick out the good fish from the bad.  There's nothing to distinguish one fish from the other since they all look and act the same.

Being a member of "Everyone Anonymous" does have its perks.  There's  apparent safety in numbers, and that may keep them from being eaten.  On the other hand, their clone-like behavior may actually attract predators who have a sixth sense that allows them to detect weakness and easy prey.

If being like everyone else guaranteed a great life, then membership in "Everyone Anonymous" would be a good idea, but the opposite is true.  These drones lead dull predictable preprogrammed lives.  The script for life has already been written, and the outcome is sure.  They will never have a real life because they are always doing exactly what everyone else is doing.  They will never think an original thought or dream great dreams.

Every time I see a school of fish, I think about my life.  I ask myself If I am a member of "Everyone Anonymous."  When my life is over and on judgment day I stand in the final line up with all the rest, I hope millions of people can point their finger at me, pick me out of the line up, and say, "He's the one.  That's definitely him.  He's different from the rest.  He didn't conform, and he lived his dreams.  He's guilty as charged."

That's my master plan.  I want to be guilty of living my dreams.

Go As Far As It Is Possible To Go

Captain James Cook and the Endeavor sailed into the unknown.  He voyaged where Europeans had never traveled before. Captain Cook said:
"I had the ambition to not only go farther than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go." 

In our voyage into the unknown, I am exploring the world of positive thinking.  My ambition is to not only take positive thinking father than it has gone before, but to take it as far as it is possible to go.

That's my master plan.  I want to go as far as it is possible to go.


Live As If It Is The Last Day Of My Life

Steve Jobs said,
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

Change is the essence of growth and progress.  The essence of failure and stagnation is to do the same thing relentlessly from the cradle to the grave.  You don't live 365 days a year.  You live the same day 365 times.

What would you do today if you knew that you could not fail, and if it was the last day of your life?  What is preventing you from doing it?  Every day should be lived with purpose and intention.

That's my master plan.  I want live with purpose and intention for 365 different days a year.

Live As If I Am A Great Person

James Michener was stationed in the South Pacific in World War II.  He chronicled the events of the Pacific war, and in the process he survived several airplane crashes.  After walking away from the last crash, he made a momentous decision. 
He decided that he would live the rest of his life as if he was a great person. 

Michener's decision is a guiding principle for those who want to live their dreams.  I have decided that I will live the rest of my life as if I am a great person.  I will live as if my dreams are possible, and I will work each day to make them happen.

That's my master plan.  I will live as if I am a great person.

There Are No Ordinary Moments - Every Moment Is A Defining Moment

When everything goes wrong, you discover who you are.  You have a defining moment.

It's human nature to want everything to be easy.  We want to be born with a silver spoon in our mouth, we want mountains of difficulty to move out of the way just by waving our hands, and we feel like we deserve to win the lottery.

But even if all those things happened we would not be content.  Happiness and contentment are not the result of an easy life or based on outward circumstances.  Instead, they are an inner thing.  They come from the way we run our mind, and the way we define ourselves when everything goes wrong.

If you don't face challenges, and if things don't go wrong frequently, something is wrong.  You are not really living.  You are drifting.  You are alive in name only.

It's time to get in the arena and engage life head on.  It's time for things to go wrong so you can discover what you are made of and who you are.  It's time to have a defining moment.

Theodore Roosevelt understood defining moments.  He wrote: 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Life is full of battles, and each one is a defining moment.  We must be committed to remaining positive in the defining moments of life.

When you are fully engaged in the human experience you discover that there are no ordinary moments.  Every moment is a defining moment.

That's my master plan.  I will make every moment into a defining moment in my life.


My Committment

1.  I will be guilty of living my dreams.

2.  I will take positive thinking as far as it is possible to go.

3.  I will live each day as if it is my last.

4.  I will live the rest of my life as if I am a great person. I will live as if my dreams are possible and work to make them happen.

5.  I will live as if their are no ordinary moments.  I will make every moment into a defining moment.


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The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind.  It's time to develop a persistently positive focus so that you can have a consistently positive mind.


Positive Thinking Doctor - David J. Abbott M.D. is the Positive Thinking Doctor.  He spent his career working as an eye surgeon in developing countries.  After twenty-eight years of medical practice overseas, he became a flying doctor with the Indian Health Service working with more than twenty different tribes in the American southwest. Although Dr. Dave was trained to preserve and restore vision using surgery, he wanted to fight inner blindness and restore inner vision teaching people how to look at the world through eyes of possibility and love.  Dr. Dave created a Positive Thinking Network with more than 200 websites.  People from 180 countries around the world visit his websites and tell their friends about his positive message.

Join Team Maxing Out as they sail around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. chronicles their adventures during an eleven year circumnavigation of planet earth.  Experience their adventures as they sail through pirate alley and up the Red Sea.  Find out what it like to sail through a global tsunami in Thailand and the Indian Ocean.  Sail up the Kumai River in Borneo and visit the endangered Orangutans of Kalimantan.  Explore the crystal clear waters of southern Turkey and sail through the Corinth Canal of Greece.  Ride out a storm at sea as Exit Only sails from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands.  Discover what it is like to sail on the ocean of your dreams.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - The first home I ever owned was sailing vessel Exit Only.  The dream of house ownership never appealed to me, and I have steadfastly resisted any passing and weak urges to buy a house.  On the other hand, all of my adult life I have had an overwhelming desire to own and cruise on a small yacht. When I arrived in Phoenix, I couldn't tell whether I was in a 45 caliber zone or a 38 caliber zone.  That made finding a place to live somewhat difficult. If I wanted to be safe working in this section of the world, I would have to buy a tent and live in the desert with the rattlesnakes and coyotes with an hour long commute, or I could buy an over-priced house in a seemingly safe area. The over-priced safe house seems to be working fine.  This must be what it feels like to be living in a witness protection program.

Discover the meaning of Positive Overlanding Sand driving teaches you about your limitations. The first lesson you learn is that appearances are deceiving.  Traversing a sea of sand may look like a piece of cake, but fifteen seconds later you are monumentally stuck with sand up to your chassis.You can't tell ahead of time how hard the slogging will become until you get into gear and start moving.   Appearances truly are deceiving.The second lesson you learn is that the only way to find out if limitations are real is to test them.If you want to live your sand dreams, you have to test the sand all the time.  You must allow yourself the luxury of testing your limitations many times each day.  When you do that, you discover that you can do many things you previously considered impossible.

Landrover Defender Overland - When things don't work out as planned, what should you do?  Put a for sale sign of your Defender and hope that a Bedouin with lots of cash shows up to put you out of your misery?  Sit around and feel sorry for yourself because you are high-sided on the sand dunes of life?  I don't think so.  If you don't have a snatch strap, and you are alone in the dunes, then it's time to get out the shovel and start digging.  Once the sand no longer touches the chassis, you will be on your way. When plans don't work out, you keep on digging, keep on fixing, keep on navigating, and keep on driving.

Expeditionary Sandbook - My first trip into the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia taught me the most important lesson of desert exploration that I ever learned:  DON'T DO STUPID THINGS!  The desert is unforgiving and doesn't treat fools lightly.  Here is how I learned that lesson.

Freedom Overland - 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.

Defender Offroad - Daydreams are easy.  Just sit back and let them happen.  Daydreams are effortless adventure.  It's easy to be a legend in your own mind.  Real dreams are hard.  You can't sit around making bun prints in the sands of time if you want to make your dreams come true.  Real dreams aren't a trip to fantasy land.  They are rock solid adventures purchased with blood, sweat, and tears, and the most precious commodity of all, time.  I have always been something of a dreamer.  I have gone walkabout in my mind for thousands of hours, and that's ok, because I have spent even more time going walkabout on planet earth.


Maxingout Overland - Each expedition into the Arabian desert is special for different reasons.  Some trips are simply to get away from it all to experience the solitude and stark beauty of the Arabian shield.  Other trips have a specific destination in mind, and the destination defines the adventure.  The U.S. Geological Survey worked with the Saudi government to create a set of maps of the geology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  My favorite survey map is the Southern Nejd Quadrangle.  A smorgasbord of sand dunes, wadis, granite fields, metamorphic mountain ranges, and archeological mysteries abound in this quadrangle.  When I think of this area, the word "awesome" comes to mind.  Take a trip with Team Maxing Out to the Tombs of Bir Zeen.

Maxingout Offroad - Travel with Team Maxing Out to the Hadida Meteor crater in the middle of the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. On the trip back from Hadida, I had my opportunity to lead the expedition into a sea of soft sand.  It was high noon, and I had no clue that in a few seconds I would be up to my chassis in golden sand.  If I had a thousand dollars for every time I have been stuck, I would be a millionaire.  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 hundreds of times.  That's terrific because it means I am living my sand dreams.  I've been stuck too many times to count, and I hope my good fortune continues.

Maxingout Expeditions - Travel with Team Maxing Out on the Darb Zubaidah from Iraq to Mecca.  More than a thousand years ago, Queen Zubaidah from Iraq built an eighteen meter wide pilgrim road from Baghdad to Mecca. The road was called the Darb Zubaidah, and millions of pilgrims walked this road on their journey to perform Haj. We calculated the distance and felt we could complete the trip in a week in our Land Rover Defender 110 expeditionary vehicles.  We carried enough fuel and water for the entire trip.  Our Defender carried 430 liters of fuel in long range fuel tanks and thirteen jerry cans.  We had two hundred liters of water and enough food to last for weeks.

Positive Thinking Headquarters -  The home of positive thinking on the world wise web.  I am grateful for all the times I have 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, and that's terrific because it means I am living my sand dreams.  Positive Thinking Headquarters is where you come to get unstuck. There is nothing wrong with getting stuck as long as you don't stay there.  It's time to recover.  It's time to become an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doer of Dreams.

Overland Defender 110 - Join Team Maxing Out as they make an expedition to the white volcanoes of the Arabian shield.  We decided that we wanted to visit the white volcanoes of the Arabian shield just north of Medina. The volcanoes are in a no man's land with lava fields stretching for hundreds of miles.  We would be foolish to make a solo trip to this area in the heat of summer.  But if it's the cold month of December, if we have two spare tires and enough water to survive for a couple of weeks, and if we are willing to burn one of our spare tires to make a smoke signal in an emergency, then a solo trip is not crazy.

Expeditionary Handbook - Let Team Maxing Out show you the art and science of expeditionary navigation in the Arabian Desert.  Not all expeditionary navigational problems are created equal, and your approach to navigation varies with terrain, capability of the vehicle, and degree of access to the land.  Limited access makes navigation more challenging, and unlimited access gives you hundreds of options when you plan your expedition.  Situational awareness forms the foundation of successful expeditionary travel.  Situational awareness means that you know yourself, your vehicles, and the desert in which you travel.   You must know your vehicle well and understand its capabilities and limitations. 

Rock Wall Journal - Team Maxing Out conquers a sand ramp in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia and then studies the petroglyphs of the Rock Wall Journal.  The ancient people who created the Rock Wall Journal were not simple-minded cavemen waiting to evolve into real human beings.  These highly intelligent people had an appreciation for the natural world in which they were immersed.  They displayed their focus on the natural world with stylized drawings that are still pleasing to modern eyes.  Although they had a limited palate and only a few tools with which to work, they created unforgettable panels of rock art.

Hubbard Glacier - Team Maxing Out goes on a photographic safari to the Hubbard Glacier by way of the Inside Passage of Alaska.  We thought of sailing Exit Only through the Inside Passage, but we quickly dismissed such notions from our mind.  We had gone through several winters on board Exit Only in New Zealand, and we discover that Team Maxing Out has thin blood.  Our personal thermostats definitely have a warm bias.  We would rather be hot than cold.  The only way we would see Hubbard Glacier was on a ship, because Exit Only is a trade wind warm weather boat.

Positive Thinking Handbook -  When everything goes wrong, you discover who you are.  You have a defining moment.  If you don't face challenges, and if things don't go wrong frequently, something is wrong.  You are not really living.  You are drifting.  You are alive in name only.  It's time to get in the arena and engage life head on.  It's time for things to go wrong so you can discover what you are made of and who you are.  It's time to have a defining moment.  The Positive Thinking  Handbook will help you win the battle of the mind during the defining moments of life.  It's your handbook to a positive mind.  If you like the Positive Thinking Handbook, you will also love Positive Thinker's Handbook and Dr. Dave's Positive Handbook.

Sudanese Boatyard - Traditional boat building is alive and well in Sudan.  As we toured the waterfront in Suakin, we visited a boat yard where craftsmen build wooden fishing vessels.  They used an adze to shape tree limbs to the curvature of the hull to create ribs for their  boat.  Next, they attach rough sawn planks to the vertical ribs.

Cruising Sudan - When cruising sailors visit Sudan, they all stop at Suakin.  This modest port is a much better stopover than Port Sudan which is the main commercial port in the country.  Suakin has a large well protected harbor with good holding in relatively shallow water.  You could sit out a real blow in this harbor without much risk of dragging anchor.  The ruins of old Suakin occupy a small peninsula north of the anchorage.  This town was reputed to be the last place in the Red Sea where there was an active slave market.  On a more positive note, the town is unique because its  white buildings were constructed out of coral.

Sudanese Children - Someone once said that the birth of a child proves that God hasn't given up on the world yet, and I'm inclined to agree.  After living outside the USA for twenty-eight years and traveling twice around the world, I find that children are my greatest reason for hope.  I can see it in their eyes and hearts.  They have no axes to grind, they ignore hardship, and they love life.

Orangutans of Borneo - Travel with Team Maxing Out as they visit the Orangutans of Kalimantan.  Borneo is off the beaten path and sailing there on your own yacht is a big deal.  It's not around the corner and up the street.  It's your reward for a long hot passage across the Java Sea. In order to see the endangered Orangutans, you must sail  up the Kumai river which takes the better part of a day if all goes well.  Sometimes things don't go well, and you run aground.  That's exactly what happened to the sailboat that traveled with us up the Kumai river.

Arno's Wall - Everything Including the Kitchen Sink - Winton, Queensland

Ozzie Outback Murals - Life Before Cell Phones, Texting, and Twitter.

Exit Only Survives Global Tsunami - In Thailand, Exit Only survived the most destructive tsunami of modern times without a scratch, but we didn't escape scot-free.  The arm of the tsunami was very long, and out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the tsunami made a lasting impression on Exit Only's starboard bow.

34 Things I've Learned in 33,000 Miles - Find out the lessons learned by Team Maxing Out as they sailed around the world on Exit Only.  You find what youíre looking for. The cruises who talk about the dangers lurking in each location are invariably the ones who find trouble. Cruisers who make smart decisions and keep a positive attitude somehow manage to find good stuff in the same places and enjoy themselves much more.

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