Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



Two things are extemely difficult to accomplish in life.

The first is to think an entirely original thought.

The second is to encounter an absolute limit beyond which it is impossible to go.

I can't say with assurance that I have ever been able to think an original thought. I am moderately successful at rediscovering ancient truth, but so far, original thoughts have eluded me.

Discovering absolute limits is an equally elusive goal. 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.

What I have learned about limits so far is summed up in these few sentences:

“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.”

Although the envelope of possibility is infinitely large, it is equally true that on a personal level the envelope of possibility is only as big as you believe it to be.

Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you." On another occasion he said, "Nothing is impossible," and "Everything is possible to him who believes."

Jesus was talking about the envelope of possibility, and he made it clear that our beliefs determine the size of that envelope.

Possibilty is a dynamic thing that changes with our beliefs.

We must increase the envelope of possibility by pushing our limits every day.

What was impossible yesterday just might be possible today if we get our beliefs right.

Life is a No Limits Expedition in which you explore the envelope of possibility.

Your job is to expand the envelope by pushing the limits in every area of your life.

Remember, if you look for your limits, it won't be long before you discover them.

But if you push your limits, the envelope of possibility will relentlessly expand, and there is no limit to how good your life can become.

Every day you face a choice. You can accept your limits or push them back.

You should push your limits and keeping on pushing for as long as you live.

For the past six decades I have been exploring the envelope of possibility on my own No Limits Expedition.

My No Limits Expedition has taken me around the world, and I have had even a few disasters along the way. But in spite of the bumps and scrapes, I have done my best to eradicate my limiting beliefs and push my limits as far as I can go.

My limiting beliefs told me it was too risky to sail around the world on a sailboat with my family. I pushed my limiting beliefs and finished an eleven year circumnavigation in the trade winds.

My limiting beliefs told me my sailing voyage around the world was over after I was critically injured in a car accident in New Zealand. Two broken legs, five broken ribs, a punctured lung, internal bleeding, and a broken shoulder blade told me to sell my sailboat and give up my sailing voyage. I pushed my limits and within one year, I raised my sails and headed north from New Zealand to Fiji.

My limiting beliefs told me I was wasting my time writing books on positive thinking and positive spirituality. I pushed my limits and wrote twelve books that are changing people's lives.

My limiting beliefs told me that making positive websites is a waste of time because there is little chance for my websites to be discovered among the billions of pages already on internet. I pushed my limits and made hundreds of positive websites that people view in 196 countries.

My limiting beliefs told me it was a waste of time to create positive podcasts, and even if I made them, nobody would listen. I pushed my limits and made over 200 positive podcasts that people listen to every day around the world.

My limiting beliefs told me no one has ever made a Positive Thinking Network that reaches around the world, and it is unlikely that I would be the one who makes it happen. I pushed my limits and created the Positive Thinking Network that reaches out to millions of people each year.

I am well acquainted with limiting beliefs. They have been my constant companions for more than sixty years.

I have been pushing my limits as hard as I can, and I will do it for as long as I can, because for me there are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Here are a few highlights of the limits that I have pushed in my own life.

How about a sailing trip around the world?

How about sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia and up the Red Sea?

How about a driving trip around the world in Land Rover Defenders?

How about sailing in and surviving a global tsunami?

How about writing a book of positive self-talk that is changing peoples lives?

How about creating 200 free Positive Podcasts?

How about creating a Positive Thinking University?

How about creating a social network that links positive thinkers around the world?

How about giving swimming lessons in God's Ocean of Love?

How about teaching people to say good-bye to depression and hello to a positive mind?

Isn't it about time you went on a No Limits Expedition?


Dr. Dave.



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.

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.