To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, get to know their positive and negative traits, as well as any significant emotional wounds that might be motivating them. Then you can explore the various kinds of conflict that could block them as they move toward their goal.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Taking over the family business Fostering children because one's parents did so Choosing a job that reflects the values of one's caregivers, such as becoming a social worker or missionary Supporting a charity organization because of its impact on one personally—i.e., supporting cancer research because one's mother died from the disease Rallying around a topic of social awareness to right a wrong Gathering informing about a person who broke ground in an important area and sharing it with others Building upon an area of study Throwing oneself into a personally meaningful area of political or social activism Raising one's family in a certain faith because it's the way one was raised Reconnecting with one's religious, cultural, or hereditary roots
HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see this Character Motivation tutorial.
Self-Actualization: A character with a deep yearning to celebrate a belief, ideal, or higher power may dedicate themselves to honoring that legacy. For example, a character who is deeply dedicated to Buddhism may choose to serve by becoming a monk.
Esteem and Recognition: Many long-established organizations, like a well-known sorority or an Ivy League school, embody pride and prestige due to the pedigree of their members or the work that they do. A character who is struggling with self-esteem or who seeks the recognition of others may join this type of organization and take on their values and beliefs as a way to gain power, influence, and respect.
Love and Belonging: A character who feels unaccepted by family may choose the career of their parents or predecessors (teaching, law enforcement, military, etc.) to gain what's missing.
HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL: