Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



Just because you are on a detour does not mean you are not living your dreams.

If you are smart, you will not settle for a single dream. You will carry a backpack full of dreams, and when a detour happens, you pull out another dream and work on it.

Covid 19 is a world wide dream slayer.

We were in the Galapagos preparing to sail 3000 miles to French Polynesia across the Pacific Ocean when the global pandemic struck. Our Pacific dreams withered on a daily basis as we watched Covid 19 spread across Waterworld.

The Pacific Ocean was clearly out, and it was time for a detour, and we set sail for the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

I never thought I would sail in the Sea of Cortez, nevertheless, I left Galapagos and sailed for 21 days and nights until I reached La Paz in Baja California, and my detour became my Mexican sailing dream.

I cruised in the Sea of Cortez for 4 months before disaster reared its ugly head once again. I received an urgent message that my house in Phoenix had been flooded, and I had to sail north and take my catamaran out of the water so that I could go to Phoenix and deal with the damage.

The situation in Phoenix was an unmitigated disaster that fortunately was covered by insurance. The repair and restoration of my flooded house would require at least six months.

Exit Only was high and dry in Mexico, and I was high and dry in Phoenix, and I wasn’t going anywhere soon.

It was time to pull another dream out of my backpack.

I reached into my positive backpack and pulled out the Positive Thinking Network.

My dream was to change the world one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time. I had worked on the Positive Thinking Network for more than ten years with over 200 websites and over 1400 positive web pages sending a positive message around the world.

Before I went sailing, I had more than 3 million pages and podcasts downloaded each month on the Positive Thinking Network.

When we started the refit on Exit Only more that two years ago, I stopped working on the Positive Thinking Network, and gradually the number of visits to my websites declined to the point that I was getting less than half a million web pages and podcasts downloaded from my web sites each month.

When I was out sailing, it was difficult to maintain and expand the Positive Thinking Network as we were without internet for weeks at a time.

Now that I am back in the USA, I have an awesome internet connection, and I am revising all the websites and bringing them up to date. In the past 3 months I have revised 716 web pages on more than 200 web sites.

Already, I am seeing positive results with my web traffic increasing to over 1.5 million pages and podcasts downloaded each month.

The Covid 19 disaster did not snuff out my sailing dreams. Instead, it moved my dreams from the South Pacific to the Sea of Cortez.

The flood that destroyed my house did not snuff out my dreams. Instead, it resurrected the Positive Thinking Network.

I don’t worry about detours, because I have a backpack full of dreams.

A detour becomes another dream.

In case there is any doubt, I would like to confirm that I am moving confidently in the direction of my dreams and living the life I have imagined.

And yes, I am on a detour, but it’s a detour to my dreams.

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.