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Day 11: Sorting Out What I Want for a Career
First of all, I have no idea what I’m doing with this blog. It’s all over the place. I don’t know what direction it should take – all I know is that I should write something, and share whatever comes and whatever I feel needs to be shared. It needs to be exactly as it would be if I were writing in a journal – not edited or altered in any way just because others may read it. So the content will always be personal and written for me – but I realise that others may benefit in some way from what I write. So it’s probably best shared with others.
Sometimes it will be me writing out and planning what I need to do, sometimes it will be realisations that I have had, sometimes it will be self-forgiveness, and sometimes it will be self-commitments and stating my purposes. Writing for me today is mostly writing out and clarifying what I need to do in many different aspects of life, then simply DOING IT. It is to write out a path and purposes for myself, and to lay them out before me – what I want/need to do and the steps that need to be taken. Then comes the LIVING ACTION. The ACTION is where it becomes a reality; I’ve found that it’s most important to spend time on the action and practical living – to actually live my words, walk the talk and do what I said I would do. The talk means absolutely nothing if it isn’t actually lived. So if I am not writing in here all of the time that means I’m busy out there living the purposes and goals I’ve given to myself.
So now I am going to start investigating and laying out what I want to do as a career.
My biggest passion in life is discovering and living what is my full potential in many different ways – as being totally fulfilled within myself as life as a human being living in this world, in working towards doing what I love for a living, in looking after my body, in challenging and confronting fears, limited belief systems and the comfort zone, in interacting with all other people with confidence and fearlessness, in learning about how to best interact and communicate with a partner, and in learning about different and much more expansive ways of looking at and living life. With all of this said, I am finally starting to work out what I want to do for a career. I want to have who I am and what I am most passionate about explicitly linked to what I do to earn a living. All in all, I want to spend my time doing something that is aligned with WHO I AM, and be able to make a good living from it – instead of doing mechanical, repetitive jobs. It’s like Timothy Leary’s definition of success: Get people to pay you for just being yourself.
I neglected career and money in my 20’s, thinking that I have far bigger things to consider in this life. I was not thinking of a career at all. That was not smart. I did not consider that reaching one’s full potential is multifaceted and incorporates MANY different aspects of life – not only one single point. Each point is linked to and supports one another. Career is an integral point of life for where we are in this world system at this moment in time. There is no escaping the need of having a prominent career in this world, at least for me – otherwise I can’t have a decent life, I can’t set myself up for the future, I can’t afford to have a family (if I decide later on that’s what I want to have), and if I don’t have a prominent position and great education there is no way I can have an influence on world change in any way. No one gives a shit if you’re not highly educated and in a strong, influential position in the hierarchy of this system.
So regardless of what people say – that it is not realistic to do what you are passionate about for a career – I am going to go for what I want to do anyway. I only have this one life, and there is only so much I can take of doing jobs that I can’t stand doing. So as usual I put my head down and focus on what I need to do to get to where I want to be, ignoring and shutting out everyone who tries to tell me that it is not possible and that it’s best to settle for less than what you are happy with.
In my Psychology degree I am going to continue to score as high as I can in the core units to be able get into honours. I may start a career after earning my undergraduate degree before going into honours – I will work that out in time to come. Eventually, if I am confident enough in my studying abilities I WILL go on and do the Masters and become an accredited psychologist. I am a lot more confident with my studies now than I was about a year ago. I am confident that I can continue to get high distinctions and distinctions, given that I don’t take on too big of a workload.
I am going to choose Counselling as my major. As a career, ultimately I want to do something within psychology, counselling and/or life coaching. Being a fully accredited psychologist would give me MANY options, and it is the best way to go. It’s just going to take time.
I want to help and support people to be the best they can be as a human being – the same as what I want for myself. That ultimate support is helping people to realise who they are as life – an awareness and expression of who we are as our essence – that is also what I want for myself. When it all boils down to it, this is what is most important to me in life – to be authentically who I am, not false illusions of myself. I’d like to support people who are genuinely interested in this too.
I will also consider work in counselling because I think I have a strength in this area. I’d also like to help people to set commitments and purposes for themselves – things they would like to live and make real in their lives – and do something each day to eventually make it a reality. I’d like to help people sort out their relationships. I’d like to help people figure out what they are most passionate about in life. So there are a lot of different options.
So the steps from here in regards to career are to keep studying, scoring as high as possible in the core units in order to get into honours. I will take on as many units as I am comfortable with. I will set Counselling as my major. I will talk to the course convenor and also research career options and possible routes I can take for when I graduate. I will get a real solid idea of what I can do and where I can go, and simply move in a direction I will settle on, facing the fears, hesitations and limiting beliefs that undoubtedly will arise. So I set each step as a purpose for myself and go for it fully, until that step is done and it’s onto the next step. Then step by step I get it all done. If I can do it in one aspect of life there is no reason why I can’t do it in all other aspects of my life.
That’s enough for today. I’ll write in here again when I need to.