In part one – The Courage to Dream – I introduced the difference between idle fantasy and dreams. It is the journey of our dreams that give our lives meaning. In part two I urged you to Take Hold of Your Birthright. As powerful beings our dreams sweep others along and drive us forward. Our lives become filled with energy and passion. But why did Sidney A. Friedman say that it required courage to dream? That is the subject of today’s post.




“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


To dream about wining the lottery does not require courage. Deep down we know the odds and we know it is an idle fantasy. The media likes to strengthen this illusion because they have a vested interest in separating you from your money. To really dream about quitting the job that is slowly eating your soul. To dream of setting up your own business so you can do what you love. This requires courage.

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

– Gloria Steinem


Dreams require courage because they are not whimsy. They are the beginning seeds of a plan. Planning and the necessary intelligence required to make a realistic one is the subject of an article in this series coming soon. For now you should know that to achieve anything of measure and meaning in your life requires you to take full responsibility for yourself. To face yourself in the plain light of truth requires courage.

Why? It requires courage because you will have to face the unflattering facts about how it is really you who are to blame for the state of your life. How it is you who has caused you to gain weight, become unfit, unhappy, work a job you hate, suffer through unhealthy and unloving relationships and so on.

“See if you can catch yourself complaining in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”

– Eckhart Tolle


It is far easier to complain about the state of your life, your health and your very being. To blame it all on your parents, your boss, the government. Anyone but you. It is far easier then it is to face the naked truth that your life is your fault. That is why it takes courage to dream.

Often when I talk to someone about this concept they struggle with the idea of accepting what is. You should know that acceptance does not mean giving in. Imagine you’re driving someplace you have never been before and on the way you become lost. To get to your intended destination you take note of a street name and stop to check the map. Having understood where it is you currently are you are then able to plot an accurate course and reach your destination.

To truly dream in a way that will lead to success you need to truthfully understand the current state of your life and your being. In the next article in this series we will complete our consideration of “the courage to dream” with the notion of persistence. That is, The Courage to Keep on Dreaming!


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