Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



When I was a child, one of the popular questions kids asked each other was, “What did your dad do during the war?”

My dad was a sailor on a PT boat in the Pacific, and my wife’s father was a member of an Underwater Demolition Team (Navy Seal).

Times have changed, and now we are in a pandemic.

The question has changed as well.

The question now is, “What did you do during the pandemic?”

My answer to that question is different than most.

We quarantined on our sailing catamaran in the Galapagos Islands for 40 days before undertaking a three week sailing voyage to Baja California where we sailed the Sea of Cortez for 4 months before returning home to Phoenix.

For the past two months in Phoenix, I have been revising and updating the Positive Thinking Network.

I started the Positive Thinking Network more than ten years ago.

The purpose the the Positive Thinking Network is to change the world one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time.

The Positive Thinking Network has more than 1400 web pages, more than 200 positive podcasts, and three positive newsletters.

The podcasts are found on iTunes under the titles Maximum Strength Positive Thinking, Positive Thinking Radio, and Positive Christian Radio.

The Positive Thinking Network has over 1,500,000 pages and podcasts downloaded each month.

The Positive Thinking Network has a large social media presence with more than 100 positive facebook pages that people interact with around the world.

The Network also has pages on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

I have placed large and long passages from my books on the pages of the Positive Thinking Network free of charge. I was warned by Amazon that putting so much book material on my websites would result in decreased eBook sales (which turned out to be true).

The Positive Thinking Network has 229 web domains at the present time.

I have a photo library that contains more than 100,000 photographs that I use on web pages, and 99% of the photos were taken by me or by members of my family during our adventures around the world. The majority of the graphics and memes were created by me on my computers.

I design all of the websites and web pages on the Positive Thinking Network. It would be prohibitively expensive to pay someone to design the 1400 webpages on the network.

There are no employees in the Positive Thinking Network.

I personally created all the websites, I maintain them, and I pay for them.

The Positive Thinking Network is my zero overhead gift to the world.

So what did I do during the Pandemic?

So far, I have personally revised and redesigned 653 web pages over the past two months. I also removed thousands of advertisements so the network is Ad free.

I still have more than 700 web pages to update, and I will be making those revisions and updates as Covid 19 rages out of control in the United States over the next several months.

That’s what I did during the War Against Covid 19.

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.