Chris Dorris’ Blog

The COURAGE to believe!
September 15, 2009, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Creating Your Dream | Tags: , , , , , , ,

This is the second installment in the initial triad of posts. The first was Clarity. This one is on Courage. And the next will be on Disicipline.

Without Clarity on how it is that one wishes to most profoundly use their life, they certainly cannot create the dream. But that clarity is not enough. In order to manifest the life of your dreams, you must also establish the Courage to reprogram some extremely powerful conditioned beliefs that tell you you can’t have what you want, or be who you want, or follow your passion and still thrive.

One of the most profoundly debilitating beliefs that we pick up along the way is that it is not practical, or in many cases even possible, to expect to be able to commit one’s life to their passion and simultaneously thrive. We’re told that we need to be “realistic” with our goals and aspirations, and to have “back up plans” that are more likely to come true. This advice comes from a place of scarcity thinking – fear. And it’s handed down generation to generation. And it is precisely why 84% of Americans report hating their jobs! We’re directed by “Guidance Counselors” and “Career Development Advisors” to take tests that will tell us what we should do with our lives. We’re offered a menu of options to choose from and we’re actually encouraged NOT to rely on our fantasies of our perfect futures, because those fantasies, those vibrant, creativity packed visions, aren’t practical or dependable and won’t result in our ability to survive. And then we spend the rest of our lives coming up with excuses to justify why we are settling for less than what we truly desire.

Well, it’s time to adopt the courage to put aside the desire to “survive” and replace it with the decision to thrive. And in order to do that, we need to challenge the belief that there could possibly be anything more intelligent to do than to trust the infinite organizing intelligence inherent within our passions!

For two decades now, I’ve been working with folks on creating dreams. And in every bit of observation that I have ever made, read about or heard about, it remains consistently true that those people who have demonstrated the COURAGE to believe in the resource inspiring power of a passionate vision, are the people who create the greatest success, both emotionally as well as financially.

There was a Harvard study conducted that involved 1500 subjects who were about to graduate and go off into the real world. They were each asked if they were going to pursue a career for money or for passion. Two thirds answered money. 20 years later, the follow up was conducted and 101 of the 1500 respondents had established a net worth of $1 Million or more. Of that 101, only ONE of them came from the group that pursued money. The other 100 came from the 500 who had the courage to pursue the passion.

As humans, we are designed for passion. The better we feel about where we are in our lives and how we are using them, the more we activiate the creative genius within each of us. And as we tap into that infinite source of creativity, we discover the resources to create miracles.

This Courage I speak of is a choice. It’s nothing more than a decision. Most people wait for evidence of success before they permit themselves to feel the courage. And most therefore spend their entire lives waiting and wishing. Don’t wait. Choose the courage now.

To reprogram your beliefs, repeat these mantras to yourself a hundred times a day:

I trust the intelligence inherent within my passion.

There is nothing wiser for me to do than to follow my bliss.


19 Comments so far
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Chris — This stuff is awesome. Glad to see that you contunue to bring it, man. Brian

Comment by Brian Weinberger

Thanks, Brian!

Comment by chrisdorris

Yes, I love this. I like to tell people it takes Faith, Confidence and Belief, and much courage. I am launching a new radio show on the Internet…Survive and Thrive Radio with Dr Joan. Cathleen Fillmore suggested we connect. You can find me at
Expect a miracle today!

Comment by Joan Hangarter

I love the name of the show, Joan! Can you tell me more about it? When does it launch and where?

Comment by chrisdorris

You have a wonderful soul. And I love your wisdom plus the incredible talent that you share. Keep up the wonderful work and I look forward to reading more and more.

Comment by Nicola Mooney

Nic, you’re so sweet. Thanks!

Comment by chrisdorris

Good to hear that you are working in such an important educational project. I hope you are sharing this wonderful professional advice with youth and maybe children. You mentioned that we were educated in a certain way that creates fear. I agree and your philosophical approach to the mental toughness is very unique and I am sure that this will be very beneficial to all ages.
Best wishes!


Comment by Luis Acosta

Thanks, Luis! And, yes, I get the opportunity to coach many youth and thank God for that! They’re some of the best teachers!

Comment by chrisdorris

great blog chris! not only is it well presented & articulated, but more important, the message is meaningful, significant and helpful for everyone. thanks for sharing!

Comment by Mac

Thanks, Mac! Sorry I took so long to respond. Still learning the mechanics of the blog! I appreciate your comment, Bud.

Comment by chrisdorris

Could you please explain this again in 9th grader terms? I want to understand, but I don’t.

Comment by Maggy

We can include a chapter in our book on this. Let’s chat!

Comment by chrisdorris

Thanks for sharing, you definitely continue to follow your bliss. Let’s hook up soon!

Comment by Mary Bea

No doubt! I need my Island fix soon, you know? What’s shakin’ out in paradise?

Comment by chrisdorris

thank you for the encouragement-
I am going to share it with my kids and i hope they take a page out of this and learn to follow their dreams –
but on the other hand honestly speaking alot of kids of this gen- do follow this.

Comment by nandini

Thanks, Nandini. It’s encouraging that youth today are more willing and conscious of following their bliss. I see it as an indication of heightening consciousness.

Comment by chrisdorris

Hi Chris,
Thank you for your inspiring thoughts.
It’s an art and a gift to be able to express all this in a way that most of us grasp this wisdom.
You have this gift.
This ancient wisdom, to listen from within and act upon it, is dormant in all of us. Society let us believe that we should live our life according to the circumstances outside of us.
That, kind of, makes us robots. Society has the remote and you dance to its commands. And we find it strange that so many of us are depressed…
Listen to your heart, listen to your inner wisdom. Embrace it, nurture it and go for it, what ever it is.
It makes you feel like a million bucks!

Comment by Rene Ringnalda


Everytime I revisit your work, it has a unique but current application to something going on in my life. First is was my pursuit of becoming a pro athlete, which thanks in large part to your wisdom, I was able to do. Then it was career path and business success. Today, reading your posts it relates to things in my personal life.

To me, that is the sign of truly brilliant work. Thank you!


Comment by Nick Murphy

You’re such a stud, Nick. Thanks, Man!

Comment by chrisdorris

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