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.
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
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.
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.