Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



Inspiration occurs in unexpected places.

As I was riding the Underground in London, I frequently heard a recording that said, "Mind the gap." The gap is the space between the train door and the station platform. 

When people don't mind the gap, they trip and fall as they get on and off trains. If you don't mind the gap, bad things happen.

Minding the gap isn't optional if you want to live your dreams.

The most important gap in our lives is the one between what we say and do. 

When it's all been said and done, will we have said more than we have done?

The gap between what we say and do is sometimes wider than the Grand Canyon.

Talk is cheap, fast, and easy. Doing is hard, expensive, and takes lots of time. 

The difference between saying and doing is the difference between heaven and hell, the difference between bogging down in Nowhere Land and sailing on the ocean of our dreams.

We spend our lives exploring the gap between saying and doing.

Some people make the gap their home and never go anywhere. 

Others narrow the gap and step over it making their dreams come true.

If you are going to live your dreams, you will have to mind the gap between what you say and do. You will have to connect all the dots of your dreams until they actually come true.

Minding the gap and connecting the dots is simply living as if your dreams are possible and working each day to make them happen. 

There's not much talking, and there's lots of doing when you mind the gap and connect the dots.

The fastest and most certain method of closing the gap between saying and doing is summarized in a single word: - COMMITMENT

W. H. Murray (Scottish Himalaya Expedition 1959) said it better than anyone.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too... Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

Maxing Out Expeditions is about minding the the gap and connecting the dots of our dreams. 

Every day that we work on our dreams we are minding the gap and connecting the dots. 

Sometimes we mind the gap for years before we actually connect the dots. 

It required eleven years to connect the dots sailing around the world.

For more than thirty years, I have been minding the gap, but I still have not connected all the dots on my driving trip around the world. 

For more than fifty years, I have been minding the gap and connecting the dots on positive thinking expeditions as I circumnavigate the inner world called my mind.

Maxing Out Expeditions chronicles the three great expeditions of my life.

1.  Sailing around the world on my catamaran Exit Only.

2.  Driving around the world in Land Rover Defenders.

3.  Positive Thinking Expeditions exploring the landscape of the human mind.

If you are ready to close the gap between saying and doing, and if you want to connect the dots of your dreams, then Maxing Out Expeditions is a great place to start. 

Sailing and driving around the world are even better when you have a Positive Thinking Expedition along the way.

Dr. Dave




Pushing back the limits in your life

Pushing Back The Limits In Your Life

Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue. Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem. The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Grand Schemes and Other Important Things

Grand Schemes And Other Important Things

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant. In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little. When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things. 

Daktari Without Borders

Living Without Borders

I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Find out what it's like to live without borders.

Guilty of Living My Dreams

Guilty Of Living My Dreams

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 is guilty of living his dreams.

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

You are never safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. 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.

Everything Possible Nothing Impossible

Impossible Should Not Be In Your Vocabulary

Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.

Fear Doctor

Things I Feared That Never Happened

I could write an entire book called, "Things I Feared That Never Happened," and follow that up with a second book entitled, "I Feared The Wrong Things." Almost always, fear is a waste of time. Most of the things you fear will never happen, and you fear the wrong things. When the hobglobins of fear start dancing in your mind, it's time to refocus on other things. Learn how to squelch the voice of fear with a positive focus!

What Woud Steve Do?

What Would Steve Do?

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.

Imagine, Believe, Receive

Imagine, Believe, Receive

The first step in moving toward your dreams is to doubt your limits. Once you doubt your limits, it's almost as if you are born again. You get an entirely new life with radically different rules of engagement. You enter the Promised Land of Imagine, Believe, and Receive. I know this to be true because I have been there.

Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog - Positive Thinking Doctor - David J. Abbott M.D.


More than two decades ago, Captain Dave (aka Dr. Dave) started writing and creating websites as he sailed around the world on his sailboat, SV Exit Only. Those early websites and books evolved into the Positive Thinking Network you see today.

Captain Dave lived overseas for twenty-eight years in his globe trotting lifestyle until he became a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service working for ten years in the American Southwest flying out to deliver health care to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River Tribes.

Dr. Dave completed his work with the Indian Health Service in Arizona, and now runs the Positive Thinking Network full time either from his catamaran or his Land Rover Defenders as he travels around the world

The Positive Thinking Network has a global outreach sending a positive message to 196 countries, and it is your definitive source of positive thinking on the World Wide Web. 

With hundreds of positive websites, and more than a million pages and podcasts downloaded each month, it's where you come to learn everything you want to know about positive thinking. The Positive Thinking Network focuses on positive self-talk, positive spirituality, winning the battle against depression, PTSD, and positive adventure.

Hundreds of family safe websites stand ready to fill your mind with positive things.

Dr. Dave and the Positive Thinking Network work around the clock to change the world, one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time.