FIFTEEN SUPREMELY IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM
DR. DAVE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO LEARN
1. Live as if you are a great person.
Act as if your
dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.
If you are going to live, you may as well live
as if you are a great person. That means, you live as if your dreams
are possible and work each day to make them happen. You travel far,
travel light, and make your life into what you want it to be.
As you face problems each day, ask yourself,
"How would I handle this challenge if I was a great person?" After
you answer that question, go ahead and do what a great person would do.
Don't tiptoe through life trying to just get by. Instead, make your
life into something memorable, something great. You only get one
life, and you may as well make it into a great one. You have little
to lose and much to gain, so go ahead and live as if you are great.
2. Think and act your new
life into existence.
Think new thoughts and take new actions
that result in a new life.
Your old way of thinking will not create a new
life. Only new thoughts and actions result in a new life.
Your thoughts are the building blocks for adventure.
Anyone who can think has everything they need to make their life into an
unforgettable adventure. You build your future thought by thought.
That means, if you want to have an adventure, you think
it into your life. If you really want to move in the direction of
your dreams, then you focus on the thoughts that take you there.
God gave you an excellent mind, and He expects
you to use it to make your life into what you want to be. Think an
adventure into your life.
3. Achieve excellence
in at least one area of your life.
Select an area of excellence
which you develop and give to the world.
Whether you realize it or not, God embedded excellence into the core of
your being. From the top of your head to the tip of your miraculous
big toe, you are excellent through and through. God has a plan for
your life custom designed for just you, and that plan has excellence
stamped all over it.
If you have been beaten down into mediocrity,
and if you feel there's no reason for hope, it's time for you to listen
up. You have the ability to achieve excellence in at least one area
of your life, and that's just the beginning. There is no limit to
how good your life can become when you align yourself with God's master
Have zero tolerance
to negative thinking.
Do not tolerate it in any form or to any
degree. Don't say it, think it, write it, infer it, or agree with
it. It's always wrong and never right. It always makes your life worse and never makes it better.
Do not accept
Don't place limits on worthwhile objectives until you
do your utmost to make them happen.
Limiting thoughts are a disguised form of
negation. They are a way that you say no to life while pretending
that life is saying no to you. Limitations are plausible
self-deceptions. They are prefabricated excuses for every failure to
be what you want to be and do what you want to do.
No one blames you for being held back by all
the limitations that you have adopted. Limitations are a subtle form
of negativity that is socially acceptable. They don't have a
bad sound or smell. It even has the appearance of maturity to not
struggle with reality and to accept the limitations that appear to be
present in the world.
When you face a challenge, you write a script
of limitations and possibilities based upon your beliefs about yourself.
Inside your mind is a personalized collection of limiting beliefs that
tell you everything you cannot do. Your limiting beliefs create
confusion, and it's easy to attribute your limitations to your world
rather than to yourself.
There is no reason to place limits on any
worthwhile object before you try to make it happen. Limiting beliefs
are a choice, and you should choose to not have any.
6. Never quit working on your dreams.
For as long as
you are alive, you must work on your dreams.
The day you quit working is the
day you start to die. You will be dead for a long time, and there is
no need to hasten the process by dying before your time. Life is
short, and death is long, and you should never quit until you die.
There is only time time when you should quit.
When what you are doing obviously isn't working, it's time to try a new
Managing failure is tricky. You may be
doing the right thing, but your timing is off. You may be doing the
wrong thing, but your timing is right. If you are doing the wrong
thing, or if your timing is off, you should stop what you are doing and
try something new. Failure is not a signal to quit.
Failure is a signal to modify your timing or strategy. Eventually,
you will make the proper adjustments, and your dreams will come true.
You must never quit working on your dreams.
7. Control what goes into your mind.
Your mind is not a dumpster for all of the
toxic waste of the twenty-first century.
Everything that goes into your mind changes who you
are. The only way to be in control of your destiny is to control
what goes into your mind. If you let your mind become a dumpster for mental toxic waste, you can
say good-bye to your dreams. If you don't control what goes into
your mind, you will lose control over your life. Whatever gets into
your mind expands into your life. You simply must control what goes
into your mind if you want to live your dreams.
8. Run your own
Don't let anyone else run it for you. Nobody tells you
how to think or what to do.
Either you run your mind, or someone else will run it for you. Those
are the only two choices available. If someone else runs your mind,
they run you life. More important, if they run your mind, they
ruin your life.
No one is qualified to run your mind. It is your
privilege to run it the way you want. Your mind is a gift from God,
and He expects you to assume control over and run it in a way that permits you to live your dreams.
If you run your mind, you have the privilege
of living your dreams. If someone else runs it, your life
becomes a nightmare.
9. Program your
own mind rather than accept the programming from other people.
Install a positive operating system in your mind.
Positive thinking is the right type of
thinking. It's the natural software for your mind and is the most
efficient way to run your brain. God designed your mind so that it would
function best when it's under the influence of a positive operating
system. It's the way God means for your mind to work.
You can reach your potential only if you
run your mind using a positive operating system. Peak mental fitness and
good mental health can only happen when a positive operating system
controls your mind.
10. Change your life
by changing the way you think.
Trying to change your life by
changing your image is a waste of time and is doing things backwards.
It will not work. You change your life by changing the way you
At the moment of change there is a shift in
your beliefs about who you are and what you can do.
Whatever changes you make always happen in an
instant, and they happen first in your mind. If you are having a hard
time bringing about positive change, you need to examine your beliefs.
A key belief is preventing you from change. If you alter that
belief, you arrive at the instant where change is possible.
Do not talk yourself into believing that
change is impossible. Positive change is something that you already
know how to do. The size of the change is irrelevant. Whether
changes are large or small, they still happen in an instant, and they
happen first in your mind.
11. Live a purpose oriented life.
You can't go to a destination that you don't have or
hit a target that you can't see. Your statement of purpose tells you
where you are going and why you are going there. It focuses your mind on your target and keeps you from wasting time and energy
on unimportant issues that don't matter.
Your statement of purpose is your roadmap.
It keeps you on the right path and helps you regain your bearings if you
lose the way.
Your statement of purpose protects you from
outcome-oriented thinking. You keep moving in the direction of your
dreams regardless of the outcomes that happen along the way. Your
statement of purpose liberates you from the tyranny of outcome oriented
thoughts. As long as you remain true to your purpose, you know that
you will reach your dreams.
12. Change who you are by changing what you put into your mind.
The mind is the door through which you enter
the world of positive change. That's why the Bible says, "Be
transformed by the renewing of your mind." In order to have a new
life, you need a new way of thinking.
You can change who you are by changing what
you put into your mind. When you change your mind, you change your
life. This law of change never fails. Although the wheel of
change turns slowly, it always turns in the direction of what you put into
your mind. You must fill your mind with positive thoughts so that
your life moves in a positive direction.
Everything you put into your mind is important
because it changes who you are. When you put in good things, your
life improves. When you put in bad things, your life becomes worse.
There are no exceptions to this law.
Positive transformation is not an accident;
it's something you do on purpose. You become a positive person by putting
positive things into your mind.
13. Live congruently with your heart, mind and will all heading in the same direction.
Ambivalence is the mortal enemy of your
dreams. Unless you are committed to them with all your mind, heart,
and strength, you will not be willing to do whatever it takes to make them
The only way to make dreams come true is to
live congruently with your intellect, emotions, and will all heading in
the same direction. When all three work together, ambivalence isn't
a problem. When they head in different directions, ambivalence takes
14. Respect the laws
of the moral universe.
The moral universe grinds slow, but it grinds
When you are in agreement with the laws of the moral universe, you
prosper. When you violate the laws of
the moral universe, your life becomes harder than it needs to be.
The moral universe is relentless, and it takes sides on the choices you
make. It gives you either rewards or consequences.
Rewards are positive and empowering. Consequences are negative and
You have a free will, and have the right to break every
law in the moral universe. Nevertheless, breaking those laws is an
exercise in self-destruction. Every law that you break will
eventually break you. That's 100% guaranteed. It will happen.
Learn the laws of the moral universe, and use them in a positive manner.
You will prosper, and there will be no limit to how good your life will
15. Dare to call God your Father, and build your life on the foundation of his love
Have a personal relationship with God based on love.
Open your heart and mind to the power of His love.
Fill your mind with thoughts that are consistent with God's love.
When your mind is full of thoughts consistent with His love, your mind is
exactly the way God means for it to be. When your heart is full of
emotions consistent with His love, your emotions are healthy, and they are
exactly the way God means for them to be.
Positive thinkers who learn these lessons and live by them have the
privilege of living their dreams. They become unstoppable,
consistently positive, endlessly persistent, doers of dreams.
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