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Dreaming during the Day

December 21, 2011

“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”  – Lawrence of Arabia

The "daydreamer"

I love the above quote from Lawrence of Arabia.  Men (and women) who are truly dangerous do not just dream at night, they dream during the day.  These dreamers take ideas and are willing to go for it, despite opposition, ridicule or lack of resources.  I realize that I am the type of person who is inspired by vision and loves to dream.  I enjoy hearing stories of people who started with an idea and persevered until they became a success.

My issue, probably like many of yours, is that I like to dream, but I am also fearful.  I get fired up by a vision, then back off when I take more time to think.  Now, I am not suggesting that we should impulsively and foolishly make decisions, but sometimes I can talk myself out of opportunities that I should really pursue.  Executing dreams involves a level of risk that is both exciting and terrifying to me.  I want to live the dream, but eliminate the risk!!!  Anybody with me?

Many of you know that I have been on a journey the last year to become a certified life coach.  I will be officially certified in a couple of weeks.  The journey has been an absolute blast.  I have truly found my calling as a coach/speaker/trainer.  My dream is to be able to coach/speak/train full-time sometime in the future.  I get really cranked up when I think about the possibilities, then the fear sets in.  What if it doesn’t work?  What if I am not as good as I think I am?  What about college bills?  What about my pension?

Clearly, this is not a decision to make lightly and it could very well take some time to play out, but I do not want to lose the sense of dreaming. I am reminded of an anonymous quote that I placed on my facebook status recently, “People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours.”   I do not want to be that guy for myself or for my kids.

I want to be the guy who dares to dream during the day and inspires his kids to dream.  Now that is a gift for our children.

Patrick Donohue is a Life Coach in Oak PArk, IL.  Contact him at

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