NEGATIVITY CAN OVERTAKE YOU
ANYWHERE ON THE PATH TO YOUR DREAMS
You are never
safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush
the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. Negativity
is an ever present and unwanted companion that continually
invites you to abandon your dreams.
Everyone moving in the direction
of their dreams will suffer defeats and sometimes feel their
dreams are impossible. Negativity will attempt to derail
them on the path of achievement, and the temptation to quit will
be strong. Everyone wants life to be easy. They want
either no opposition at all or opposition to politely step out
of the way as they move toward their goals. This is
unrealistic. People who achieve their dreams arenít
strolling through life; they are climbing the mountain of
difficulty, and hard work and perseverance are the only way to
reach the top.
If you ever reach your dreams, it
will be because you stopped listening to the voice of fear and
negation. You stopped looking at your limitations and
stopped constructing barriers that exist only in your mind.
When you decide to sail around
the world on a sailboat, you encounter an ocean of opposition.
A crowd of naysayers and critics freely offer unsolicited
opinions and advice concerning your proposed circumnavigation of
the globe. Friends are sure you are having a midlife
crisis. When you write the check to pay for your yacht,
they inform you that you have made a down payment on an
expensive funeral at sea. They tell you all of that money
could have been spent on a nice house, 100 channels of cable
television, and the help of a good therapist to get you over
this foolish desire to sail around the world. The easiest
thing to find on planet earth is someone to tell you why your
dreams are too expensive, too dangerous, and a waste of time.
With cheerleaders like that, itís amazing anyone pursues their
Itís not just family and friends
who question your judgment. During moments of adversity,
you wonder whether you are heading down a one way street in the
wrong direction. The voice of fear starts a powerful
negative chorus that repeats itself thousands of time, and if
you start listening to its message, your dreams will evaporate.
What would happen if you fall off
the boat at night at sea? What happens if a whale rams
your boat? What happens if you hit a floating log, or if a
ship runs you down at night? What happens if a hurricane
strikes? What happens if you meet pirates or drug runners?
What if your boat is struck by lightening? What if your
boat runs up on a reef and is destroyed on a remote deserted
island? What if you get sick when you are at sea?
What if you have appendicitis when you are one thousand miles
from land? What if you hit your head or break a leg?
What if your boat turns upside down? What if there is a
fire or explosion on board? What if you collide at night
with a floating container that has fallen off a ship? What
if you become seasick? Who will stay awake at night and
stand watch while you sail offshore? What if your boat
sinks and you lose all of the money you invested in the yacht?
What if you loose your medical skills while you sail around the
world? How will you ever be able to return to the practice
I experienced all of these
negative thoughts many times before I purchased my yacht.
Those thoughts could have stopped my voyage before it got
started. My dreams would have been stillborn if I listened
to the voice of fear.
If I listed all of the reasons
why I shouldnít sail around the world in a small sailboat, I
could write a hundred page document full of disaster,
difficulty, and despair. I know dozens of reasons why my
dreams are too expensive and involve too much risk. If I
listen to the voice of fear and negativity, I will sit at the
dock and watch everyone else sail on the ocean of their dreams.
Once I hoisted my sails in Fort
Lauderdale and started my voyage, I had dozens of opportunities
for negativity to sink the ship of my dreams. On my first
night at sea, I experienced the most powerful thunderstorm I
encountered on the entire trip around the world. Surely,
that must have been a sign sailing around the world is a bad
idea. It was a message to stop the voyage in the Bahamas,
anchor the boat in Chicken Town, and check in to Hotel
California where I could never leave, but at least I would be
When I reached the Panama Canal,
the voice of fear again tried to cancel my dream of sailing
around the world. There is no need to transit the Panama
Canal and sail in the Pacific. Just stay in the Caribbean
and have a wonderful cruise. The Pacific Ocean is a vast
body of water with reefs, cyclones, and killer whales that could
destroy my yacht. The voice of fear told me to stay in the
After I arrived in the Pacific,
the voice of fear started a new verse with the same fearful
chorus. Itís three thousand miles from the Galapagos
Islands to French Polynesia. You are at sea day and night
for three weeks. You donít see any other humans for
twenty-one days, and thereís no one to rescue you if you get
into trouble. Donít go. Stay in Nowhere Land where
youíll be safe.
After I arrived in French
Polynesia, the voice of fear said to skip sailing to the Tuamotu
Archipelago. You will hit a reef as you sail through the
atolls. The passes through the reefs into the lagoons are
too small, and once inside you will be trapped. A storm
could easily destroy your yacht when itís inside a potentially
treacherous lagoon. Sailing in the Tuamotus involves high
risk. Skip them and sail directly to Tahiti.
After I sailed across the Pacific
Ocean, it was necessary to sail twelve hundred miles south from
Fiji to New Zealand. Itís a big trip into higher latitudes
and the voice of fear again rippled through the cruising fleet.
The talk was of storms with special emphasis on the recent
Queenís Birthday storm in which lives and yachts were lost.
Sailing in the higher southern latitudes presented new and
unfamiliar risks. The voice of fear filled everyone with a
sense of foreboding. Sailing to and from New Zealand is
scary. Some mariners left their yachts in storage in Fiji
to avoid the sail south. Other sailors loaded their yachts
on freighters and shipped them home.
Several weeks after I arrived in
New Zealand, I rolled the car I was driving. I broke both
legs, fractured five ribs, punctured one lung and had internal
bleeding. I was transfused seven units of blood, had three
surgeries, and spent two months in the hospital. Surely,
this disaster proved sailing around the world was a bad idea.
The sensible thing would be to sell the yacht, buy a plane
ticket to Nowhere Land, and start watching cable television
where I would be safe and secure for the rest of my life.
Negativity can overtake you
anywhere on the path to your dreams. I could have stopped
my trip around the world a dozen times before I reached New
Zealand. Surrendering dreams is easy. You can do it
anywhere or anytime. Most people will tell you that you
are doing the right thing when you sell your dream machine and
join the ranks of the Life Long Disoriented.
Negativity is a stalker that
never goes away; itís your unfailing and unwanted companion
eternally inviting you to abandon your dreams.
Negativity is a dream
stealer. Don't listen to the voice of negativity. It
will ruin your life.
You must have zero
tolerance to negative thinking if you want your dreams to come
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello
David J Abbott M.D.
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