What invites you to conceive of brave, big, and bold dreams
in your life?
Martin Luther King dreamed brave dreams. “I have a dream
that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: all men are created equal.”
Mother Teresa dreamed big dreams. In Ladies Home Journal,
April, 1996, she shared her personal dream that, “I was to
follow Jesus into the slums… It was an order… And when
that happens, the only thing to do is say yes.”
A dream that started with little money and a handful of
sisters is now a worldwide organization with over seven
thousand nuns and brothers, in more than 100 different
John F. Kennedy dreamed bold dreams. Kennedy stated his
dream in May of 1961. “I believe that this nation should
commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is
out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely
to the Earth.”
The dream became a reality on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11
commander Neil Armstrong took a small step for himself and a
giant step for mankind, leaving a dusty trail of footprints
on the moon.
What about your bold dreams? What is in the imagination of
your heart for your goals?
Do you dream in ways that create more meaning to your life?
Take a moment to consider (and even write down) one of your
Now, consider an equation that makes a fabulous difference
between the achievement of a goal or its dismal failure:
D + E = R
D = Desire – What kind of real desire supports your dream?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you yearn for what you are
dreaming? Can your desire become focused readiness for goal
In The Power of Focus, the authors (Canfield, Hansen and
Hewitt) tell a story of a workshop participant who is a
dentist. He told them that he was only in the dental
profession because it was his mother’s dream.
He went on to say, “I hate it. One day, I drilled through
the side of a patient’s mouth and ended up having to pay him
$475,000.” What is the cost of pursuing someone else’s
dream? What is the value of pursuing your own?
E in the equation stands for effort. Decide on the effort
that you are willing to invest to achieve your dream goal.
Effort includes time, energy, knowledge, skills, and an
R = Results. The secret is that life changing results
require both your desire and effort.
*Marilynn Mobley, a gifted public relations strategist,
dreamt of an executive position in a premier global
organization within thirty miles of her home at a specific
salary range with job responsibilities that would blend her
strategy skills with her love for technology.
She moved from dreaming to taking specific, relevant and
focused action on her goal. She treated her executive search
as an 8-5 job each day. She gave it her professional energy,
focus and used every resource available to her.
Within just six months of beginning her search, she was
offered her dream position with Edelman, the most
prestigious PR firm in the world. In her words, “I couldn’t
have written a better job description for myself. This job
is perfect for me.” She now is Senior Vice President and
Strategic Counsel, having already been given new
responsibility in just 18 months that is parallel with her
career growth and interests.
What about you? What is the effort that you are willing to
invest in your dream goal? When are you willing to get
As we close, a powerful quote from Mahatma Gandhi
underscores the truth of our equation Desire + Effort =
Results. “I claim to be an average man of less than average
ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or
woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the
same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”
BY Susan B. Wilson