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Be Honest About Your Dreams

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Be Honest About Your Dreams

An hour ago, a limo picked me up at LAX and my driver criss-crossed her way through the back streets of LA to avoid the stopped traffic on the 405. I was closing my eyes, listening to guided imagery on my Ipod, and when I opened my eyes, there it was, the infamous Hollywood sign, crooked white letters against a green hillside towering over the City of Angels. When I saw it, my heart skipped a beat because, unlike every other time I’ve been in Los Angeles, this time I’m here to do a screen test to be on a TV show.

The inner showgirl

I was never one of those wanna-be actresses (God love ‘em!) I pretty much hate being the center of attention. I had six people at my wedding when I married Matt. Even as a bride, I didn’t want a roomful of people turning around to stare when I walked down the aisle, so we kept the wedding very small.

You might not know it given the high profile careers I’ve chosen, but part of me is most comfortable at home in my PJs, lounging over a cup of herbal tea with my BFFs. But I do admit — or at least I’m finally admitting it to myself — I have an inner showgirl. I call her Victoria Rochester. And right now, Victoria is in her element.

Now, Iím sitting here at the cafť at Paramount Pictures studios, eating sushi for breakfast and waiting to audition for a spot on The Doctors. The studio is bustling and noisy, with trucks and cranes and construction everywhere. The cars in the lot are expensive, the people are beautiful, and I canít help wondering whether Iím sitting three feet from somebody very famous. Iím not the only one. Everyone here is checking everyone else out, and I wonder how I measure up.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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4:22AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Follow your heart!!

3:46AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Be who you want to be :)

7:08PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

Today I was honest with myself about my life long dream. I have always told myself it was completely unrealistic and just one of those pipe dreams- we can think it, but of course it'll never come true. I had "other" dreams that I placed in front of it, always. Today I was driving through the country and thinking how I missed it out there when all of a sudden I cracked like a torture victim finally giving up the truth, the whole truth and nothing but. I sobbed and screamed in the car that I wanted a farm. A simple farm to grow food to feed my family and community, help shelter animals, nourish my soul. I screamed to the universe that I couldn't hold it back anymore, a farm is all I've ever truly wanted since I was a kid. It's been the only constant dream in the 41 years of my life. Something I could always daydream about. I will hold the picture of "my" farm in my head. Until it comes true. Then I will live my dream. Inner and outer critics- I don't hear you anymore!!!

7:06AM PST on Jan 9, 2011

LOOOVEd your article-it helps to hear that others wrestle with this inner critic, that it keeps us from expressing ourselves and reaching for what we want. And to damn the inner critic, let the chips fall where they may!

5:50PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Go for it girl.

5:46PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

This article just left me scratching my head in confusion....

3:18PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Dear Lisa,
It isn't necessary to become phoney, shop on Melrose and Rodeo or live in Malibu to become an actor. Becoming an actor is a craft, becoming a celebrity is a totally different animal. and you won't need talent.

8:35AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

I will be moving to the country this month - my life long dream. Yes, I'm scared after being born and raised in New York City, but I am embracing it fully.

6:43AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

The pursuit of dreams usually ends up in careers that are mostly damaging to society and the environment in the long run. Sometimes doing nothing is better than creating wasteful crap.

3:31PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

it's difficult for me to know what i want to do. i am trying to listen to my intuition more and to just trust myself.

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