Dr. Dave is the Wanderlander


I have three great passions in my life.

The first is the Positive Thinking Network that sends a positive message to millions of people around the world.

The second is sailing around the world on my Catamaran named Exit Only.

The third is driving around the world in Land Rover Defenders.

I am Dr. Dave, and this is my blog.



Self-talk is a form of predestination, and if you can't put your destination into self-talk format, it's unlikely you will ever make the trip to your dreams.

There are two major types of self-talk, and both of them are important.

The first type gets you fired up and ready to go. 

The second type keeps you going once you are on the way.

The first type gives you permission to live your dreams and walks you through your dreams step by step. You will walk the path to your dreams hundreds of times in your mind before you take that first step. Self-talk is not about where you are, it's about where you are going, and this type of self-talk gets you started.

The problem with this self-talk is it's about doing something you have not done before. It means you are heading into uncharted territory where lots of things can go wrong, and there is no guarantee of success. For some people, this type of self-talk is the most difficult, because you are sailing into the unknown, and the outcome is unsure.

I have trouble with this type of self-talk because it's a major committment similar to getting married, although in this case you are marrying your dreams. It's not something you take lightly, and once you commit to the venture, turning back will be more than embarrasing, it may be difficult or even impossible.

The second type of self-talk makes it possible to keep on keeping on in the face of adversity. 

When I had sailed halfway around the world, I still had half a world yet to conquer in order to complete the voyage. It took a different sort of self-talk to complete the circumnavigation. 

Even though the voyage was half done, I still needed to tell myself the right things to be able to finish the trip.

When I was run over by the Mac Truck of Life with two broken legs, five broken ribs, and a punctured lung with internal bleeding, I got my PhD in positive self-talk. Instead of telling myself that my sailing voyage was over, I told myself I had just begun to fight. Unless the oceans froze over with ice, my catamaran would complete the voyage around the world with me on board.

When I was in a winter storm in a squash zone three hundred miles north of New Zealand, it was positive self-talk that kept me going. I did not need to psyche myself up to get started because I was already underway. What I needed was the right self-talk to survive the stormy seas as I sailed north to the New Caledonia.

Sailing though the massive floating debris in the Indian Ocean after the global tsunami was an awesome exercise in positive self-talk.

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia tested my positive self-talk to the limit

Stoms at sea and car accidents on land are great opportunities to get a graduate degree in positive self-talk.

In a certain sense, the second type of self-talk is easier than the first. 

You are already up to your eyeballs in alligators, and it's too late to turn back. 

Now you have to decide what you are going to tell yourself about your situation, and the self-talk you choose makes all the difference.

If you tell yourself that you always wanted to swim with gators and become an expert at wrestling alligators, then your self-talk will carry you through. But if you tell yourself that you are going to get eaten, then you are dead meat for sure. The gators will take you home for dinner. 

The first type of self-talk decides whether you start on the path to your dreams.

The second type of self-talk determines whether you continue on the path.

The first type lasts until you get started.

The second type lasts until your dreams come true.

Right now I am looking at a new pool of alligators, and I'm getting ready to jump in. I want to start driving one of my Land Rover Defenders around the world, and I need to sail my catamaran back to Australia.

It's time to start another adventure in gatorland. I hope it's not long before I am once again up to my eyeballs in alligators.

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.

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.