Start Dreaming, Stop Dying


It started innocently, as revolutions often do.

I’ve been working (and re-working) my branding and messaging for the past year, and nothing really seemed to hit the mark. I dove into course after course that offered bits and pieces of what I was hoping would help me craft a clearer direction for me as both an artist and entrepreneur. As usual, some were better than others. While class is still in session in at least one of those programs, I want to update you on a major ah-ha I got from Revolution U579, the brainchild of author and all-round good guy, Jonathan Fields.

“You say you want a revolution? Well….”

It probably sounds better when the Beatles sing it.  Jonathan’s premise is that instead of creating a business, we can create a commercial revolution that sets us apart in our industry as well as in the minds of our biggest fans. We stand for something bigger than just the “stuff” we sell.

That sounds like a pretty sexy idea to me. 

RevU takes you through a series of exercises and prompts to ultimately identify the core idea of your revolution. Jonathan asks what you’re moving away from and what will supplant the old dictatorial regime. For me, it boiled down to one simple idea:

When we stop dreaming, we start dying.

As kids, our hearts are full of whimsical fantasies and never-ending stories about our biggest dreams. Firemen, princesses580, becoming a rock star. We keep on dreaming until, one day, something happens, or someone else enters our lives and slowly, those dreams get squashed, squelched, or otherwise relegated to some dusty corner in the attic of our minds581… often to never be revisited again.

motivational-quote_152264-1582That’s when death begins. It’s slow, plodding, and sad. Most of the time, we don’t even realize it’s happening to us. Someone tells us we’re too loud, or too enthusiastic, or a bit obnoxious about our dream, so we turn the volume down. Little by little, those dream voices get fainter and fainter until they’ve got no voice left.

For the dreamers of the world, it’s like arsenic poisoning583. It’s a slow, lengthy, murderous end to everything we’re put on the planet for. Dreams are part of our DNA. It’s part and parcel to why we’re on this rock in the first place. And we’re a sensitive lot, so we often give up, rather than fight for the very things that give our lives meaning.

The world needs dreamers.

From da Vinci to Edison to Spielberg to Lady Gaga, it’s dreamers that make the world a more entertaining, effective, and colorful place to live. Too much dreaming means things don’t get done – that’s why we’ve got pragmatists (like my husband, Lord love him). They are the string that keeps the dreamer’s kite from flying away in a stiff breeze. But without us kite-flying dreamers, there’d be a lot of pragmatists playing cat’s cradle584. Actually, that’s not true. They’d probably be safely tucked away on a giant spool of string.

I believe in the power and possibility of dreams. I believe that our dreams belong to us for a reason, and that no one else could bring our dreams to life exactly as we would. No two dreams, however similar they may be, would ever turn out exactly the same because they come from two different dreamers. For that reason, if for no other reason, we need dreamers.

“Dream until your dream comes true.”

If it’s good enough for Aerosmith585, it’s good enough for me. When we stop the dreamers of the world, we slow down the do-ers, too. The world’s greatest inventions and innovations are born through the pedigree of dreamers. Spielberg couldn’t create his films if motion pictures hadn’t been invented, which couldn’t have happened without the early Chinese invention of a form of animation. While it’s not a biological lineage, it’s definitely an important one. Where would today’s young dreamers be without “Frozen” and “Let It Go?”

If you’re a dreamer, hear me now: the world needs you. Not some watered down version of you – the REAL you. The you that dreams the outrageous dreams. The you that snorts when you laugh. The you that comes off a little obnoxious when you’re enthusiastically sharing your big ideas.

We need you to keep on dreaming… until your dreams come true.


  • inspiring and true, lisa. thank you for reminding the dreamers (me included) that their visions are worth nurturing.

  • Summer Howard

    Beautiful reminder that dreams DO matter! And I love that you are paired with a pragmatic mate. I am, too, and it makes all the difference 🙂

    • Summer, there was a time when I couldn’t appreciate my husband’s pragmatism. I was told that kite analogy by a good friend who was helping me understand WHY I married him in the first place! She just told me that without someone on the ground holding the string, my kite would be flying willy-nilly all over the place – and in all the wrong directions. She pointed out that I could actually be a danger to myself and others without someone whose feet are firmly planted on the ground. Thank God for good friends! 🙂

  • pambelding

    Thanks for this, Lisa! It’s tough to follow our passions, but without them, we’re left drifting through life. That’s not for me! I want to become a highly sought after and paid speaker. Now that I’m getting a clearer picture of that, thanks to help from my friends (and my very pragmatic mate) I can see that dream becoming a reality! WooHoo!! xoox Pam

    • Pam, inch by inch everything’s a cinch, no? 🙂 You’ve done SO much growing over the last 8 months. It’s impressive to see. I can’t wait to see what the next 8 months brings you!

  • Camesha

    You are singling my song, preaching my sermon and speaking my language!!! Love this post! It’s my mission in life to see moms go after their dreams for ALL the reasons you listed here! Bravo!!!

    • Camesha, so glad to see you here, and glad to know a bit more about your mission. How are you bringing your mission to life?

  • Nicholaki

    Dreamers Unite!

    My favourite affirmation when the going gets tough?

    “Not a day goes by, without me practicing my ability to dream. Even when everything around me suggests I should quit, I keep on dreaming.”