More than any other month, January offers us the chance to start over with a clean slate. With a new year ahead of us, it’s easy to see the world for all its possibilities. Many of us channel this energy into resolution-making. “This is the year,” we say to ourselves, and dream of achieving that one goal we’ve always wanted. A few weeks pass and the excitement of change begins to wear off. We soon find challenges in making our dreams come true- unexpected setbacks, roadblocks and slow results make us realize that some dreams are just too hard to keep up with. Those of us who have been through it before avoid making resolutions in the first place. It’s too unrealistic, we tell ourselves, to expect results just because we make resolutions.
Though it’s true that dreaming can only get you so far, dreams themselves are powerful things. We live in a fast-paced, distracting world. It changes so quickly that it’s often hard to know what we really want. Dreams force us to question whether we’re really leading our best lives, or whether we’re settling for the safety net. Dreams are the compass that points us towards our inner needs. When we make the effort to listen to that inner compass, our goals become clearer- and that’s when we can finally get to work.