There are dreams that come and go each night. And there are deeper dreams – the ones that shape our futures into all the beauty and goodness we imagine.

Here are five powerful reasons why having dreams matter – and how they help us become everything we are meant to be.

1. Dreams give us a direction to sail for.

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

2. Dreams inspire us to take the first step of a journey.

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
– Alan Cohen

3. Dreams propel us towards goodness.

Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.
– Unknown

4. Dreams keep our hearts young.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C. S. Lewis

5. Dreams bring perpetual hope.

Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.
– Unknown