Subject: Tip Two: Dream Big!
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Issue #64


1. Welcome Notes
2. Tip Two: Dream Big!
3. Coaching: Yes I Can!
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Reading for the Journey
7. Resources for the Journey
8. Humor: More George Carlinisms

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to our new subscribers. There are more than 20
of you this week. I so appreciate how our family continues
to grow. Please let me know how CTJ can be of value to

I climbed Mt. Sopris with a close friend on Monday, and
the last two hours of our descent were in torrential rain
and lightning that was often much closer than we would
have liked. It could so easily have been miserable, and
instead it was an opportunity for two grown women to
laugh and sing, get muddy and jump in puddles, to
appreciate one another in a joyful way in challenging
circumstances. Thank you, Ellie!

A humming bird is visiting the feeder outside my office
window, silhouetted against the warm light of the early
morning sky. In Native American lore, hummingbirds
“sing the vibration of joy.” I invite each of you to bring
this joy into all of what this day brings you. Enjoy!

If you missed the CTJ which gave the Top Ten Tips for
Having the Life You REALLY Want which is the
foundation for this issue and the next seven, you can find
it on my website at

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Tips e-mail your snail mail address (where you get your
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2. Tip Two: Dream Big!

The heights you can reach are not limited by how “low”
you may begin.

“I could never do that!” Are these words familiar? I hear
them all the time: from friends, from clients, from
strangers, from business associates.

That sentence is usually followed by phrases like these:

I’m not smart enough
I’m not strong enough
I don’t have enough time
I don’t have enough money
I have too many responsibilities
I’m not young enough
I’m not thin enough
I’m not fit enough

You get the idea.

We human beings have a huge tendency to discover our
values, touch the dreams that live in our hearts — and
then negate them with a lethal blow — “I can’t do that!”
And the dream dies before we ever have the chance to
live it.

We go back to the OK existence; back to the nagging sense
there must be something more; back to staying too busy
and feeling too tired; back to wondering why we don’t
have more joy in our lives.

Does the dream die because of factual information?
Rarely. Usually we kill it out of fear and doubts: low self-
esteem and old negative tapes; fear of failure and fear of
success; fear of getting out of our comfort zones and of
making mistakes; fear of looking foolish and fear of
disappointment. The supporting cast for the leading
message of “I can’t” is almost endless. And it is a murder

Here is your chance to challenge those old fears and
doubts; to stop using them to murder your dreams and
instead to transform them into opportunities to grow and
challenge and celebrate yourself.

Dream big! Then break that big dream into small steps,
into micro-mini steps. And then take one. That’s all there
is to it.

3. Coaching: I Think I Can!

“I can’t do that.” I can hear the whispers from here. Now
is the time to be like the Little Engine That Could who,
when faced with getting to the other side of a huge
mountain, said, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can,”
over and over. And he did.

Language and thoughts, whether they are negative or
positive, create their own energy in our bodies. What we
say and think is what we get. Whether you think you can
or you can’t, you’re right.

Let that big dream live in your heart and your soul.
Declare it. Speak it. Own it. Act as if you absolutely believe
you can do it. Acknowledge all the doubts and fears and
let them go. Replace them with the words and thoughts,
“I think I can. I believe I can. I know I can.” It doesn’t
matter if you believe the words. Say them anyway. Think
them anyway. Write them anyway. Dreams are born in
our hearts. They take form in our words and thoughts and

Now take one step in the direction of that dream.

What first step can you take in the direction of your


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Dare to be wrong and to dream.
Friedrich von Schiller

Nurture the dreams that inspire you to go beyond your

Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.
Josie Bisset

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

Richard Baumann’s story is a true celebration of following
your dreams. In September, 1971 he took an adult
education class called Writing for Publication as the first
step in his dream of being a published author. He set the
goal of being published before the end of that year, and on
December 31 received his very first check from a small
magazine. In the last 30 years, Richard has had an article
published in every month but 2! He writes about how
much fun it’s been. And it all happened one word at a
time! Richard closed his email to me with, “In one of the
daily meditation books I have, it says, ‘We measure our
progress … in inches, and then we get to look back and see
the miles we’ve come.'” How true! You can celebrate with
Richard at

I celebrate the clarity with which my good friend Nola sees
her values and the complexities they can bring. She
writes, “I’ve once again discovered that some of what I
value in life and in people may create conflict. I value
intellect and articulateness, but not at the expense of
genuineness. I do not value material things as an end in
themselves, yet I appreciate nice things and would rather
live in moderate comfort than poverty. I appreciate
independence, yet long for connectedness. I value the
comfort of old friends and their ability to see me for all
that I am.” Nola’s email is

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

6. Reading for the Journey

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your
Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams by Debbie Ford,
Neale Donald Walsch, Jeremiah Abrams (Introduction).

The source of the doubts and fears that lie between us and
living our dreams are part of what some call our shadow
side. In this book Debbie Ford explains how we hide, deny,
and reject our dark sides, choosing to ignore the parts of
ourselves we don’t want to see. It is by owning and
reconciling these parts that we embrace the gifts they bring
us and reclaim our wholeness once again.

The very thoughts and impulses that we most fear about
ourselves may be the key to what’s missing in our lives.
This is not a book for everyone. And Ford’s exercises are
powerful and life transforming. Our shadow sides may
feel scary, but using these exercises to look at and
understand them can free you to live the life you dream
of. The book is available at

To the Summit: A Woman’s Journey into the Mountains
to Find Her Soul by Margo Chisholm

This is the story of my journey toward my own impossible
dreams. I had some very big dreams, and some equally big
doubts and fears. My story is a clear example of the
miracles that happen when we take that first step, and
then the next, and then the next, in the direction of our
dreams. We ordinary people can do extraordinary things,
and it all happens one step at a time.

This book is out of print, and I have a few copies available
for sale for $23 including shipping and handling. E-mail for ordering

To The Summit is also available in German and
Norwegian for the same price.

7. Resources for the Journey

Coach Phil Humbert’s Resources for Success website
continues to be one of the best sources on the web for
practical tools, quotes, Top Ten Lists, FREE ebooks and just
great information for how to live the live of your dreams.
He adds to it regularly, and his down-to-earth style of
communicating brings an easy readability to the valuable
content of this site. I encourage you to take a look at all the
wisdom, humor and other goodies available at

8. Humor: More George Carlinisms

Here is the second half of the list sent to me by my friend
Janice Ferrazzoli.

21. If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the
right to remain silent?
22. Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank
23. How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road
24. Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they
taste funny?
25. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
26. One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about
other people.
27. Does the Little Mermaid wear an algae-bra?
28. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy
29. How is it possible to have a civil war?
30. If God dropped acid, would he see people?
31. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest
drown too?
32. If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be
33. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
34. Whose cruel idea was it for the word “Lisp” to have a
“S” in it?
35. Why are hemorrhoids called “hemorrhoids” instead of
36. Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at
37. Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that
38. Where are we going? And what’s with this hand
39. If the “black box” flight recorder is never damaged
during a plane crash, why isn’t the whole airplane

made out of that stuff?
40. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?

Hiring a Life Coach is a great way be supported in taking
the steps that will lead you to your own dreams.
Margo has a few slots open for motivated clients who
want to shift from, “My life is good, but…” to “I have a
great life!” Visit our website at for additional resources
and tools. To schedule a consultation, send an e-mail to

Give yourself the gift of dreaming big this week.

Namaste, Margo

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“At every moment of our life we have an
opportunity to choose joy.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Margo Chisholm
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