know where you're going

know where (one) is going

To have a clear knowledge of what one wants to be or achieve and the resolute determination to make it happen. Since she was a little girl, she knew where she was going—nothing was going to stop her from being a fighter pilot. I wish he would pick a degree program and stick with it. I'm just worried that he doesn't seem to know where he's going in life.
See also: going, know
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know where you’re ˈgoing

know clearly what you want to achieve (in life, in your job, etc.): He knows exactly where he’s going. He wants to be an actor.
See also: going, know
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