When it comes to setting goals and determining your life purpose, it's important to slow down and listen. Not only to your heart, but to that inner voice that "knows" what is right for you. Another word for this inner voice is instinct. You must find a balance. You must find the voice of your authentic self.
The poet Rumi wrote:
“Live completely in the head and you cannot feel the breath and rhythm of life. Live completely in the heart and you may find yourself acting like a love-struck fool with poor judgment and discipline. It’s all a fine balance - the head and heart must forge a lifetime partnership if one wants to live a beautiful life.”
Learn to listen to the inner voice, your "instinct"... some may call it intuition, some may call the voice your "guardian angel"... it doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you pay attention.
You might be discouraged from following this inner voice, especially if you listen to the criticism of others. To the critics, your ideas might seem foolish or illogical and you may be tempted to follow their advice. But before you toss your own inner voice aside, ask yourself if your critics have accomplished all their goals and achieved all their dreams? How wise is their widsom, really?
Remember, this is your one life, your destiny, your purpose and your dream you are following. Listen, gather the wisdom of others, but in the end, it is your final decision what you do, and the journey and purpose you follow with your life.
Listen to your heart and your inner voice and you cannot go wrong.