Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



Today is a great day to doubt your limits and to start working on your dreams.

If you don't get started, your dreams will be nothing more than fantasies, and you will be nothing more than a legend in your own mind.

Dream come true, but they don't just happen.

Dreams start out as tiny thoughts that you nurture in the intensive care unit of your mind.

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.

Imagine, Believe and Receive took me around the world on my 39 fooot catamaran Exit Only.

Imagine, Believe and Receive converted a war into family sailing adventure.

During Gulf War One, we were hunkered down in Saudi Arabia playing Riyadh roulette.

Nearly every night after the sun went down, the air raid sirens sounded, and Scud missiles came into Riyadh. We headed for our "safe room" just in case one of the scuds hit nearby. We had gas masks ready to use if scud missiles released nerve gas.

The first scud that came into Riyadh made the windows in our house rattle, and that was enough motivation for us to take a six week vacation from the war. 

After eleven nights of scuds, we were evacuated out of Riyadh to Torrejon, Spain by military aircraft. From Torrejon, we flew on commercial aircraft back to the USA.

Things have a way of working out in my life. 

I explain it to people like this: it's as if I fall through a trap door backward and blindfolded with my hands tied behind my back, and I land on my feet and keep on walking.

That's exactly what happened to us when we arrived in the USA. We took a war and converted it into a family adventure.

It was time for the Miami Boat Show, and we made tracks to Miami Beach to troop the docks.

We checked out the multihulls at the boat show, and we found a spacious Privilege 39 catamaran. We inspected every nook and cranny on board and immediately sensed that we were on the threshold of a great adventure. 

This sea going catamaran looked totally bullet proof, it was certified for offshore voyaging, and we knew it was up to the task of taking a family of four around the world.

When we left the boat show, I had a clear picture in my imagination of us sailing around the world in a Privilege 39 catamaran. 

I had never sailed on multihulls before, so I chartered a Privilege 39 in the British Virgin Islands to see what it was like to cruise on a cat. For an entire week, we sailed through the BVI, shooting video and taking photos of our short adventure.

When we returned to Riyadh, I looked at that video footage hundreds of times imagining what it would be like to circumnavigate planet earth in a Privilege 39. 

When I finally believed that a circumnavigation was possible, I took a leap of faith and ordered a new Privilege 39 from the factory in France. I committed myself to step out in the direction of my dreams regardless of the consequences.

After I ordered the catamaran, I continued working in Riyadh for another year to finish paying it off. Then I quit my job and set sail on the ocean of my dreams.

I imagined, believed, and received a catamaran into my life

I imagined, believed, and received a sailing voyage around the world

That's the way adventures happen. You imagine, believe, and receive them.

It worked for me, and it can work for you.

Today is a great day to imagine, believe, and receive.

Life is good.




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.

Everything Is A Miracle

Everything Is A Miracle

Everything is a miracle, and every day you are totally immersed in the miraculous. From the top of your head to the tip of your toes, you are a miracle. From the day of your birth until the day of your death, your cup overflows with the miraculous. Don't trade the miraculous for the merely clever!

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.

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.

Speak to the mountains in your life

Speak To The Mountains In Your Life

The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. Although the envelope of possibility is exceedingly large, it is equally true on a personal level the envelope of possibility is only as big as you believe it to be.

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.