Many people believe change is impossible, and I understand why they feel that way. Most of the time they are confusing personality with personal behavior. The basic human personality is relatively constant over time, but human behavior can and does change. Personal change happens when people change the way they think.
Some people seem hell bent for destruction, and it�s all too easy to conclude that for them change is impossible.
When I sailed across the Pacific Ocean on my catamaran, I discovered that the same people got in trouble again and again. It was almost predictable that there would be another near miss or new disaster at the next destination. Every time we sailed into port, we waited to hear the next installment of disaster in paradise.
One particular sailor ran into a coral reef in one atoll, took a major knockdown at another destination, and rolled his boat in heavy seas in a third location within the space of one year. When �lightning strikes� the same person three times, you know that individual has a problem. You get the feeling that human change is impossible because the same person is having serious difficulties again and again, while other people in the same area experience smooth sailing.
California even has a three strikes law. If you are convicted of felonies on three separate occasions, you spend the rest of your life in prison. Three strikes, and you are out. The premise behind such laws is that human change is impossible.
In spite of this dismal assessment of human potential, I have discovered that positive change occurs in the most unlikely places.
I treat many patients who have been incarcerated for crimes related to alcohol and drug abuse. For too many of these individuals, alcohol and drugs create a fatal death spiral from which they do not escape. Fortunately, many of them overcome their addictions.
I have numerous patients formerly addicted to meth, cocaine, heroine, and alcohol, who escaped their addictions without ever going to rehab for treatment. They simply arrived at a point in their life where they no longer wanted to be prisoners of their addictions. They had experienced enough misery to last ten lifetimes, and they said no more. They changed their belief about who they are and what they can do with their life, and they became a different person who was chemical free. They actually changed their life.
I am grateful to those patients, because they proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that people in the worst circumstances can and do change. Because of them, I am committed to helping people change their lives one belief at a time. I know that I am not wasting my time, because as long as you have breath in your body, change is possible. As long as you can think a thought, you can change your beliefs.
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About the Author
Although Dr. Dave was trained to preserve and restore vision using surgery, he also 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 has written more than ten books including:
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking
Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking
Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love
Owner's Manual for your Mind
Programmer's Manual for your Mind
Positive Christian Self-Talk Blue Book
Quantum Self-Talk Black Book
Positive Self-Talk Red Book
Positive Self-Talk Purple Book
Positive Self-Talk Yellow Book
Dr. Dave is also known as Captain Dave of Team Maxing Out. He spent eleven years sailing around the world with his family on their sailboat, Exit Only. They sailed more than 33,000 miles on their Privilege 39 catamaran including a trip through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea.
Dr. Dave created the Positive Thinking Network with more than two hundred positive websites. The Positive Thinking Network is your source for positive thinking on the World Wide Web. Positive Thinking Mobile has more than one hundred mobile websites designed for viewing on smartphones and tablets.
The Positive Thinking Network has more than two hundred free positive podcasts that you can download from iTunes or directly from his websites.
Dr. Dave believes that you don't get what you want in life. You get what you expect. He wants to change your expectations about who you are and what you can do with your life.
Visit Dr. Dave's web sites at PositiveThinkingNetwork.com, and visit his mobile websites at PositiveThinkingDoctor.com. It just might change your life!