Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



I have always had a goal oriented lifestyle, and relentless perseverance has been my religion - not my spirituality.
Having goals is a good thing. It helps organize my life and makes me into a meaningful specific rather than a wandering generality.

Goals change over time, and that is also good.

I had a goal to sail a boat around the world, I did it, and that goal no longer controls my destiny. Been there and done that. When I go sailing now, my goal isn’t a destination - it’s simply to have fun with my family.

In the last decade, I have adopted two goals that help me live as a meaningful specific.

First, I am making a major effort at finishing well - not rich - just well.

Second, I am committed to having my say. I may not be a member of the Genius Club, but I have learned a few things along the way, and I will not be timid about sharing what I have learned with the world.

Finishing well is important.

As people pass through their mid-life crisis, sometimes they get crazy and do stupid stuff. Coming to grips with the fact that they are a legend only in their own mind, and nowhere else, sometimes makes people lose it. They go off the deep end, burn bridges, dissolve longstanding relationships, and become experts at ruining an otherwise wonderful life. In short, they do not finish well. They finish poorly.

People who finish well have their act together, they stay the course, and semper fi is their way of life.

You can sum up their life with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In the time that remains, I want to finish well.

Having my say is also important.

Some people go through their entire lives and never have their say. It’s not that they don’t have anything worthwhile saying, but for many reasons they keep their say to themselves.

There is a difference between having your say, and having something worth saying.

Social media is full of trolls having their say. Their words are full of sound and fury that signify little or nothing. These small minded people relentlessly spew their drivel on social media. If a bell rang every time they said something worth listening to, the only thing you would hear is the sound of eternal silence.

Having your say is important as long as you have something worth saying.

I have my say on the Positive Thinking Network and The Positive Channel.

I design and maintain hundreds of websites in the Positive Thinking Network.

I have many positions in the Positive Thinking Network. I am the CEO, CFO, graphic designer, web designer, writer, social media manager, and general lackey doing whatever needs to be done. I have never had so many jobs to do at one time.

My most important job in the Positive Thinking Network is having my say.

Whether what I have to say is worthwhile is for visitors to my websites to decide.

I have over 200 positive podcasts that send a positive message around the world.

I have thousands of positive memes that I distribute on social media.

I have 12 Positive ebooks on Amazon and the Positive Thinking Bookstore to help people learn how to deal with depression, how to create and use positive self-talk, and how to run their own mind.

So there you have it.

I am having my say, and with God’s help I will finish well.

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.