Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



You don't get what you want, you get what you expect. 

When you believe big, you develop positive expectations, and you change your world. 

The Magic of Believing Big is not a fantasy or a fairy tale. It's the way life works. 

I choose to believe big, and I believe that I will change your world.

You can tell when people believe big and have positive expectations. They live as if their dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.

I did not always understand what it means to have positive expectations. For much of my life, I regarded positive expectations as a form of internal hype where I psyched myself up into believing that my dreams were possible. 

Using this approach, I got on A for effort, and it did work to a certain degree. Nevertheless, I have to confess that much of the time, my positive expectations had a hollow sound as they echoed in the corridors of my mind.

Eventually, I figured out that positive expectations are much more than a belief that my dreams are possible. Positive expectations are a way of life. People with positive expectations believe big, and they make their dreams come true.

Maybe it sounds like I am splitting hairs over the meaning of positive expectations, but I don't think so. Here's why. Here's what positive expectations mean to me.

When I have positive expectations, I live as if my dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen. I am totally engaged in making my dreams come true.

I spent thousands of hours working on Exit Only as we sailed around the world because I had positive expectations. I believed that if I kept her in good condition, we would have a safe and enjoyable trip.

I spent hundreds of hours getting my Extra Class ham radio license because I had positive expectations. I believed that if I had my amateur radio license, I would be able to maintain communications with family and friends while I sailed offshore.

I purchased a satellite telephone because I had positive expectations. I believed that in an emergency at sea, I could substantially push the odds of survival in my favor by having satellite communications ready for action.

I spent hundreds of hours practicing celestial navigation while living ashore in the Middle East because I had positive expectations. I believed that if I learned how to navigate in the desert, then navigation on the ocean would be a breeze.

I spent ten years writing twelve books on positive thinking and positive spirituality because I had positive expectations. I believed that my books would make a difference in people's lives.

I created more than two-hundred podcasts and put them on my websites because I had positive expectations. I believed that what I had to say would help other people live their dreams.

I created the Positive Thinking Network with hundreds of positive websites because I had positive expectations. I believed that I could create a series of websites that would help people push their minds in a positive direction.

I outfitted two Land Rover Defenders for expeditionary travel , and I have them in storage in Australia and New Zealand because I have positive expectations. I believe that someday I'm going to drive them in a convoy around the world.

I have Exit Only hauled out of the water and stored on dry land because I have positive expectations. I believe that before long, I will sail once again on the ocean of my dreams.

I am working as a flying doctor because I have positive expectations. I know that my growing stash of Freedom Chips will finance my next adventure.

This list has grown very long, but I made it long on purpose. I wanted to show you that when you have positive expectations, you live as if your dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.

Positive expectations aren't daydreaming or wishful thinking. They are all the things you do each day to make your dreams come true. They are a way of life.

People who have positive expectations are Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doers of Dreams.

The Magic of Believing Big is not a fairy tale. It's the way you change your expectations and your world.




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.