Firstly, don’t let yourself stress about this. In my experience, most people do not actually know what they want as a career. It makes you no better or poorer than those who do. What’s important is what you want to get out of your life.
There are many coaches who would tell you to keep asking the question of yourself each night just before you go to sleep. But my approach is a little different. I never knew what I wanted to do as a career, but I did know what I did not want to do and it all worked out fine.
Where I think you can make a big difference is to allow yourself to dream, and dream BIG, don’t let anyone or anything influence what your dream life could be. The next step is to get your dreams down on paper. Notice I said get not write. You see our minds work with pictures and the best way to activate both your logical and creative brains is to picture what you want. I use Mind Maps but if you do not like drawing (then a visual board might be your thing).
Look up Mind Mapping it is worth having a play and seeing what you come up with.
Your first drawing/board should be massive, filled with all the dreams and desires you want your life to be. You then slowly start to prioritise the dreams until you have the amount started to picture what is most important. Then set about achieving your dreams, whether that be acquiring new skills you need or “Just doing” something every day that gets you closer. The dreams should be massive, it should feel daunting otherwise, you are not stretching yourself and your living in the “safe” and frankly “boring” zone.
Again, don’t stress if you still have not worked ut what your career is going to be, it may be that your life is bigger than a career, yes you will need money. But, if you are motivated to achieve your dreams you will take jobs and do things that make money.
When you are ready and you have the things you want to really achieve in your life, then find help. A coach, mentor (not necessarily a family member or friend, they tend to have their own ideas for you). Ideally, a trained personal coach who can guide you when you need guidance.
Love your life and design the life you will love. If you don’t everyone else will do it for you.
Take care and have a great day.