Time to Set Some Serious Goals

One of my biggest problems has been feeling lost, and having a distinct lack of direction.  I have ideas, and know what I would like to do, but it all feels so far away and overwhelming.

I have decided that I need to try and set some goals that I can focus my mind to working towards.

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”  

                                                                                                             – Muhammad Ali

One trigger for my anxiety is time, and feeling that I never have enough time to do everything, so I am going to try and keep these goals fairly open to start with and see how I go.

Goal 1 – Exercise:

Exercise is great for helping with anxiety and depression, so I want to progress from my daily walks to something more exhilarating.

You may have seen a previous blog I wrote regarding the DVD workout by Davina McCall that I started; with the move this has fallen by the wayside, so…..

Part 1 – Dust off the DVD and get going on this again.

The second part involves doing some weight training; I have bought a weights bench and I am going to turn the garage into a mini gym (emphasis on the word MINI), so….

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” 

                                                                                                                  – Pamela Vaull Starr

Part 2 – Do some light weight training.

The final part of this is motivation; I need a reason to keep going with this and not slack off, so I have signed up with Mind, the mental health charity, and will be entering some runs in an effort to raise money for them.

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Part 3 – Build up to do my 5K or 10K run for Mind.

(This will also help with Goal 3……..)

Goal 2 – Become a Transpersonal Counsellor:

My last therapist, Donna, was a Transpersonal Therapist, and I loved the work we did together.  My previous counselling experience consisted of me talking for 40 minutes while the counsellor just sat there.  It reached a point where I felt I was just repeating myself and not getting anywhere, and most importantly not getting the level of help I needed.

Transpersonal Psychology is a humanistic approach to therapy; I will do a separate blog detailing what it is in more detail, but at its core the aim is to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego.

I cannot say how much this type of therapy has helped me, and I want to learn more about it, become a qualified therapist and then help others.

Donna told me about a course at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), and that is what I want to do.

To start with I would need to apply to do a Certificate in the Foundations of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which starts in January 2019, so this is something I need to get a move-on with as there is a deadline.

The course costs just over £2500, so I am going to have to set up a crowd funding page to try and raise the money, so that will be a challenge in itself, but it is something I am passionate about doing, so I am going to give it my best shot.

If all goes well with this, I then plan to do a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is a monster 4 year course.

Goal 3 – Kilimanjaro Climb

Kilimanjaro

My aim is to organise a group to climb Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness of mental health challenges and to raise money for Mind.

This is a big one and not something I can do right away; it will take a lot of planning and coordinating.  I will need to find sponsorship in order to raise funds for the trip, so this will be quite a challenge.

“The goal may be far away, but you can begin to move in that direction from wherever you are. Even a man who stands at the lowest foot of a mountain can look at the highest point, and gradually climb, step by step, until he reaches the top.”

                                                                                                      – Swami Satprakashananda

In the short term, my goal with this is to start the basic planning for the trip, and to work on my basic fitness.

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So, those are my goals; they should keep me busy and out of trouble for a while.

I will keep you updated on progress as they develop….. Wish me luck…..

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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