I made up my mind to take the PMP exam in 2015 for a couple of reasons:
1) The thought of getting this certification has been hanging over my head for quite some time now. Business Analysts don't work in isolation - They work on projects all the time. The majority of my professional journey has been spent moving from one project to another in the capacity of both a Business Analyst & Project Manager. The Project Manager path is not always the next step for most Business Analysts in terms of career progression; there are many alternatives, after all: Quality Assurance Manager, Management Consultant, etc.
I feel particularly drawn to becoming PMP certified because I have worked in that capacity for quite a number of years and would love to leverage that experience to see what I can achieve with it.
2) I would love to explore new grounds. As with any certification, the journey doesn't start or end when you get the certificate. It starts the moment you embark on that journey in search of the knowledge you need to excel. Every moment I spend studying and every morsel of knowledge I imbibe makes me a better professional whether or not I end up writing the certification exam.
The journey starts now for me and I'm looking forward to every fulfilling moment of it.
The most exciting thing about this is that it can take me anywhere...A prospect that seems both intriguing and challenging at the same time :). Good luck to me and every other aspiring PM out there.