Creating a plan for what you want is difficult. Sometimes we don't know the answer because we don't know the options. Developing a plan requires that you know yourself and the situation well. Your plan may be to stay where you are, but don't grow stagnant. Make sure you identify ways you can grow and learn. It is about continuous improvement.
We need to understand or at least try to understand where the world is going- challenging, yet not impossible. What are the trends impacting your occupation and industry? Be honest, if you don't know, find out. Warning: this may require that you speak to other people.
You may also want to consider using a tool to help you organize your thoughts. Using SWOT can be helpful. Download swot_analysis_template.pdf
Consider the implications of not creating a plan. Will you fall victim to the decisions of others? Will you feel like you have no control? This is your life, you are in the driver's seat. You can have control, but you need to start being responsible.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.