Working In A Group Can Make Your Dreams Come True

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Working In A Group Can Make Your Dreams Come True

Did you know that working in a group can make your dreams come true?

I think sometimes people think I am crazy for starting The 8 Women Dream Project to study the habits, successes and failures of dreamers working through a big dream – and to test to see if dreams can come true by being accountable to a group.

It’s been a bumpy ride – definitely not for the faint of heart.

But did you know that people have 10% better success when they approach a goal with the help of a group? Just being a part of a group raises your possibility of success by 10%. Why does the group dynamic work (if you stay with it) – and how can you tell if it is the right success group for you?

Working in a group can make your dreams come true because . . .

1. You get the benefit of mutual support.
Many times when my progress stalled on completing a portion of my dream, some of the members of 8 Women Dream were the only people to give me unwavering support in spite of any failed efforts or disappointments. Just try telling Remy you are giving up, or keep a frown when Lisa is commenting – I can’t, and that’s the group dynamic working at its best.

2. You get the benefit of different perspectives.
Each dreamer has their own opinion on what direction you should follow with you dream – sometimes directions you might not otherwise see. A group can give you that feedback you so desperately need, but may find hard to accept. Learning to accept feedback is the hallmark of a champion dreamer.

3. You get the benefit of more resources and a wider networking circle.
Everyone in this dream group brings with them their own experiences, talents and gifts that could hold the secret key to your dream fulfillment. They might know someone who can help you, or a place that teaches a class you need, or someone who is looking for someone just like you to work with them.

4. You get the benefit of having people hold you accountable to your dream.
My fellow group members hold me accountable to goals I set. In addition, just knowing that I have a regularly scheduled blog post on dreaming that drives me to make progress, because I don’t want to be the only person writing about why I haven’t made an effort to move forward on my dream.

5. You get the benefit of support from people with a similar commitment to a dream.
Everyone in a successful dream group must share the same level of commitment, both to your dream and theirs. If one dreamer is spending a year completing a novel, while another is just trying to buy a new car, then you won’t see a high level of success. You need people who match your stride and dream difficulty to push you to overcome your fears and move forward.

6. You get the benefit of feedback on your progress.
You need people, preferably strangers who are not afraid to give feedback, find ideas for solutions to roadblocks and help you move ahead on your dream path.

The best groups are those made up of strangers, because strangers see you differently than family or friends. Strangers spark creativity because of the differences in ideas, which you won’t get from people you know with similar views like yours.

There are numerous factors, which when combined, will create a powerful group. Arguably, being an active participant in any group you are a part of is the most important factor for success – for both you and the the people in your group. All in all, strong backing from both supporters (like our readers) and participants alike, will enable a dream group to do almost anything it needs to.

And just how many dreams have come true so far from being a part of 8 Women Dream? Let’s see, we’ve had 4 website launches, 4 business launches, a trip to Italy, a gallery showing, 3 completed books, the completion of a marathon, a woman dating after 20 years off the dating scene, and over 200 thousand visitors to this site.

Has every dreamer been successful? No. But I have found that lack of success is more wrapped up in personal issues that dreaming can’t solve. I often think dreaming brings any personal problems to the forefront, because they need to be addressed before you can be a success at your dream. I find there are real deep-rooted reasons as to why some of us have not attempted our dreams until now, or give up just when they are in reach.

That part of dreaming is the personal journey.

Do you think you like to be a part of 8 Women Dream?

Interested? Please see our 8 Women Dream News page for any current bloggers/dreamers that we may be searching for and see if working in a group can make your dreams come true.


  • Thank you Mariska. Let us know the books and maybe we can talk about them here too.

  • Mariska Smith

    I am considering forming a group to read a certain number of books in a year. You guys are too inspirational!!!! -M

  • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

    Damn – When you list it all out like that its really apparent we all need a vacation!

    Thanks for the constant herding… you know what I mean. – H

    • If I wrote “Here kitty, kitty, kitty” I think people might take that wrong. Despite the setbacks, it just gets better and better.


  • Especially support like the kind you give – wow!

    Conference call heaven here we come!


  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    Great insights to the benefits. I think as our group forms for 2011 that we need to be very intentional about checking in with each other on these benefits in our meetings. thanks! oxox Rem