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:
Pursuing a new career Getting a degree or going back to school Being creative in a way one was never able to fully be before Living in one's dream setting Traveling the world Inventing something and making it available to everyone Completing a bucket list Achieving a sports-related conquest (running a marathon, climbing a mountain, sailing around the world, winning an Olympic medal, etc.) Running for office Pursuing spiritual enlightenment (giving up material possessions, becoming a missionary or monk, going on a pilgrimage, etc.) Having a child when one was never able to do so before Making life better for an underprivileged or underrepresented people Being the first (of one's race, gender, family, ethnicity, etc.) to accomplish something
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 who feels unfufilled because duty, responsibility, or other factors are keeping them from chasing a dream will eventually pursue the goal when the longing to do so grows sharp enough.
Esteem and Recognition: Not everyone will be supportive of a passion or dream, which can keep a character from fully pursuing it. They may finally decide to go all in and chase a dream out of a desire to prove themselves to the naysayers and show them that one's passion is worthwhile
Safety and Security: A character who is suffering, say, due to a societal inequity, may be driven to achieve a goal (creating a vaccine, inventing something that's needed, etc.) that will better society or protect the character and their loved ones, providing the safety or security that has been 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: