In order to refine and distill your goals from the general to the specific, ask yourself these questions:
1. What are my skills and abilities?
It’s usually easier to do things we enjoy, but don’t hesitate to visualize abilities you’ve developed in a role you consider a “hobby” for a possible career goal.
2, Which skills do I enjoy most?
Sort out your skills, and research which jobs and professions can be targeted from them. You can seek interviews with people in these positions and industries, and begin to weigh the pros and cons.
3. What’s important in my life?
Certainly your goals will change many times. But you need a starting point. Don’t let anyone push you into anything you don’t really want. Listen to all counsel, then evaluate and decide for yourself.
4. What do I want to be and what does it take?
Perhaps it will take time, energy, education and financial support to realize your goals. The only way you can begin is through the careful outline of a workable plan. Learn to divide this plan into bite-size, digestible pieces.
5. What are the major obstacles or roadblocks? Are they inside or outside?
It’s far easier to change yourself than to change the rest of the world. Just remember to be realistic about the time you give yourself for the changes.