Power of dreams

Posted on June 2, 2012

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One night I dreamed that I ran four miles. The next day, I got up and ran four miles — the longest distance I’ve ever run.

It’s not even close to a marathon, and I didn’t shatter any land speed records. But it was almost twice as long as my normal 2 1/2 -mile run. My dream inspired me to tackle a new distance.

Dreaming is powerful. And we should do it more often when we’re awake.

Whitney Johnson, a successful sell-side analyst turned author, boils the process down to three steps in her recent book: Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream. Each chapter covers an aspect of the journey and ends with thought-provoking questions. Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen when you Dare to Dream

After reading it, I reflected on when I dared to dream about a new job 12 years ago. I wish I had this book then; maybe I would have spent less time stuck in neutral.

Johnson shares dozens of examples of women daring, dreaming and doing. From at-home moms, to nonprofit CEOs, to writers — their stories illustrate Johnson’s points.

She wrote the book to inspire individual pursuits of happiness. But unleashed dreams could give immeasurable positive results to communities. When people follow their passions, great things happen for all of us.

If you’re at a crossroads, or maybe just in between dreams, this book is for you.

(Thanks, Becky Robinson, for sharing this book with me.)

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