What do you desire?

It can be easy to come up with wild dreams about what you want your future to look like. However, often these initial ideas are not particularly personal to you and rarely align with what you actually care about.

Here we consider your dreams and aspirations in the context of your values.


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Before thinking about your wildest dreams, it can be useful to consider summarizing the things that you strongly care about. These can be activities or hobbies or skills. For example, perhaps you care strongly about problem solving or effectively communicating your ideas or improving people’s lives or spending time with your family or making money or living near the sea. Once you have identified what it is that you care about, you can use these to guide your ideas for what you want your future to look like.

Next, brainstorm ideas for what you want to do with your life. Consider trying to answer basic questions like where would you live and what will you be doing. This helps to add some concrete details and realism to your dreams.

The exercise involves two stages, thinking openly about what you’d like to do with your future and proceeding to think more closely about those aspirations, adding as much detail as possible. Through adding detail, vague notions of traveling the world or being a business owner become realistic targets that can be researched and budgeted for.


This exercise encourages you to articulate your aspirations and begins the process of turning your dreams into realistic targets that can be researched and achieved.

I Understand!