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Positive self-talk is not the invention of man. It's the invention of God, and it was given as a gift to mankind so we could speak our new lives into existence.

The Bible has lots of examples of positive self-talk being used to make good things happen in the hearts and minds of those who love and serve God.

In the book of Joel in the Old Testament, the Bible encourages us to use positive self-talk. Joel 3:10 says, Let the weak say, "I am strong."

It's very clear that self-talk is not about where you are at the present moment. It's about where you are going with God's help.

Amazing things happen when people get in agreement with God about who they are and what they can do with their life.

You are created in the image of God, and the way you live should be a reflection of God's powerful image. Those who feel weak need to get in agreement with God and say, "I am strong." And then they need to start acting like the strong people they actually are. They need to act like they are created in the powerful image of God.

What you talk about matters a great deal because it expands into your life.

When your self-talk is positive, good things start to happen. 

When your self-talk is negative, misery and limitations become your unwanted guests.

Jesus taught that you are to talk to your problems and not about them.

When you talk about your problems with everyone you meet, you magnify those challenges until they become a stronghold in your mind. They occupy the high ground and rooting them out is difficult. 

Every time you talk about your problems, you increase their power. When you focus on them, they become stronger, and you become weaker.

Jesus said if you have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, you can tell a mountain to move into the sea, and it will happen.

Jesus wants you to be a mountain mover.

Jesus used his mountain story to make an important point. You have to talk to the mountains in your life before they move.

All of your problems - your mountains - are waiting to hear from you, and if you start speaking words of faith, your mountains will move.

No matter what your problem, you must talk to it. 

If you are depressed, you must talk to your depression and start pushing back.

Tell your depression that God's love is the most positive and most powerful force in the universe, and His love is filling your heart and mind. Tell your depression that you are made in the image of God, and that God loves and accepts you the way that you are. Tell your depression that God's love changes the way you think and feel. You are a new person with a new life.

The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into your mind, and you must start filling your mind with positive things. 

If you want to move a mountain of depression out of your life, you'll have to start talking to your depression rather than talking about it. 

What you say to yourself is absolutely critical.

If your life is full of problems, don't make matters worse by commiserating over your problems with everyone you meet. 

Instead, start talking to your mountains and cast them into the sea.

Jesus once asked a sick man if he wanted to be healed. This was not an academic question. It addressed the heart and soul of what it takes to get well. The first step in getting well, is wanting to get better.

When you want to get better, and you expect to get better, you no longer talk about your problems. You start talking to your problems and mountains start moving in your life.

Self-talk is not optional. You do it all the time, and you need to make sure it is positive. 

Most important of all, your self-talk needs to be in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with your life.

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.