Everybody dreams of a good life — a life that matches our goals and aspirations. It is most people’s dream to have a balanced lifestyle, to live a life where we can spend quality time with our family and friends and to do things that provide us with a sense of happiness and fulfillment while at the same time giving us significant income to sustain our needs and wants.It is a reality that challenges will always be part of our lives but with courage, determination and optimism, we can overcome any obstacle that may come our way. Unless you act now, you will never be able to know your true potential. Dreams are blueprints to your future success. Believe that you are capable of achieving your dreams and that you can be successful in anything that you want to do, but you need to have direction and to manage your career very well to achieve this.I know first hand, not just as a professional career strategist, but also from personal experience. My career has had its twists and turns, and it took me a long time to discover a fulfilling career as a career counselor, career coach and internet marketer.Do you know what your career goals are? Make a list of the things that you want to achieve in your life in the next 20 years. Here are a few guiding questions to help you identify your personal career goals:What would you be proud to say you had achieved?What sort of people do you like to work with, both as colleagues and as customers/clients?What has given you the biggest sense of fulfillment in the work you have done in the past?Does your current occupation have the potential to provide opportunities to grow and to further improve your skills and talents?What sort of lifestyle do you ideally want in the future? Is your current work life leading you in that direction?When you imagine your life in 20 years, what level of work will you be doing? Is your current work life leading you there?The next thing that you must do is to create a plan of action, that is the steps that you are going to take to achieve your dream career. I suggest you seek the help of an expert who is capable of providing you with good advice and genuine support. This is necessary if you want to make wise decisions and achieve success. It is also important to surround yourself with people who understand your dreams and are truly concerned with your success. This will help you maintain your motivation, even through hardships. The most important advice that I can give you if you want to succeed in creating a career that you love is to persevere! Some people never succeed in discovering their passion, let alone achieving their career goals, because they don’t have enough perseverance.Many people literally become “sick of work” — not just tired of doing the work that they are being paid to do, but physically sick as a result of the stress involved in their work. Life is too short to be wasted on work that makes us unhappy or even sick. It is up to you to be proactive about your career, to make the decision that you are worthy of having a career and a life that you love.