A Summit of Dreams

I had a dream recently.

It felt like both a vague memory and something yet to be realized.

Maybe that’s what dreams are – reminders of what’s possible – but possible coming from the truth of who you are.

The truth of who you are.

The dream you are here for.

It triggers that small part of your brain, on the alert, protecting you from:

  • failure
  • rejection
  • disappointment

That part of you, your lizard brain, so totally committed to keeping you safe. Even from your dreams.

And safe you remain.

Thinking of someday . . .

A day, far off in the distant future.

A day when the planets align and the moon is blue.

A day when you finally get your ducks in a row.

But (this is where your dream becomes a nightmare) someday N E V E R comes.

Unless . . .

  • A loved one dies suddenly
  • You get the diagnosis you never want to hear
  • Mother Nature wreaks havoc and destroys life as you know it

We’ve all heard stories of this type of wake up call.

Stories of that inspiring person who wakes the fuck up and refuses to succumb to the diagnosis, embracing their dreams instead.

What if you didn’t have to wait for that kind of wake up call?

What if instead, you found yourself in a room with 500 of the most awake human beings you’ve ever encountered?

That is the World Domination Summit, an extraordinary event that took over Portland this past weekend.

Pam Slim greeted us with a Navajo greeting Ya’at’eeh, meaning everything about you and who you are is good and beautiful. Imagine even just a day of that as your experience of life.

Leo Babauta invited us to live simply, without goals and asked, “What is the most important thing you want to do?” Go do that and eliminate everything else. Do something that excites you every single day.

“Where do you not go the extra mile?” demanded Danielle LaPorte. Where do you give up on your dreams? And what will it take to push through the stops?

How will it feel when you realize your dream? Spend your time there, allow those feelings to deepen.

Because it’s not about someday and it’s not about the goals. It’s about how you live your life.

“The dream is inside you. Get it out and walk into it.” – Danielle LaPorte

What if you got up and took one small action walking into your dream?

Karen Walrond encouraged creating your own story.

What story do you want to have written on your tombstone? What would it take to live and die free from regrets?

So.  Much.  Inspiration.

I was a sponge, soaking it up and realizing something very important.

You and I are the same as Pam, Leo, Danielle.

They’ve been where you are and that’s how I know for sure.

They faced their fear and took that one action anyway. And if they can?

So can you.

“We are always in service, question is to what?” – Mark Silver

Are you serving your dreams? Humanity?

Your fear?

What if, as Leo realized, you can serve both your joy and your fear?

What if your someday is now?

Thanks to the heart and soul of Chris Guillebeau and the WDS team life for 500+ people will never be the same because their dreams have come alive.


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman