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:
An athlete who was injured before reaching a specific level of achievement Returning to school after dropping out Summiting a mountain after having to turn back before Achieving the title belt after losing previously Sailing completely around the world Completing a previously attempted religious pilgrimage, journey, or trek Starting a new business after filing for bankruptcy Striving, again, to bring one's family into the country Finishing an incomplete book or memoir Proving a theorem or hypothesis one has never been able to prove before Reconnecting with family after a fallout or breach Trying again to achieve sobriety Getting back on a treatment plan for one's mental disability Making yet another attempt to find a lost relative or one's birth family Solving a vexing and complicated problem
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: Mastery in a specific area is deeply satisfying and something many people dream of achieving. If a second chance comes around for the character, this missing need could drive them to push past fear of failure and try again.
Esteem and Recognition: The fear of trying again after failing in the past can inhibit a character's actions. But if their self-worth is impacted, they will eventually feel compelled to try again to reclaim their confidence, especially if there's a good reason to do so, such as a tempting accolade or an injustice that will continue if they don't make an attempt.
Love and Belonging: A character seeking to win the love of a family member (a parent, sibling, estranged child, etc.) would keep trying to do so despite repeated rebuffs.
Safety and Security: If a character feared they might lose a loved one (to disease, to an ailment they believed they could cure, etc.) the character would risk failure and humiliation to try again.
Physiological Needs: Imminent or eventual death is a strong motivator. If an addict living on the street saw the writing on the wall, it could provide the impetus for them to try again to get clean despite past failures.
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: