The Route to Happiness Through Therapy
The Route to Happiness Throught Therapy Studies show that people who feel their ambitions are being realized are the happiest. Contrary to popular belief that money equals happiness, these individuals are unlikely to earn top salaries or lead glamorous celebrity lifestyles. Instead they are working hard to meet their goals, while taking time to engage with others and make a difference.
If we identify what we want to achieve, we will be better able to identify ways we can work toward that goal. Our dreams can be anything, but to achieve the desired sense of fulfillment they must be attainable. You want to write a book, scale a mountain, start our own business, act on stage, get a certain job offer or travel. With focus, patience and commitment, these goals can be realized.
Short and medium term actions
To turn dreams into reality we must be willing to take action. It usually involves breaking out of your normal routine and therefore an element of change. Change can be a challenge for many people and it comes with a degree of risk, however, you have to embrace change to make things happen.
A few goals can be achieved in one giant leap. It is generally recommended that you break down what you need to do into smaller steps. Start by planning one thing you can do every week for the next three months that will get you on the right track. These are your short-term goals. Writing them down and ticking them off as you go can give you focus and a sense of accomplishment.
Medium-term goals are things you need to commit to in the coming year
. This can include signing up and attending a course that will help you develop new skills and accreditations, attending conferences or other relevant events, and building a network of people who can help you achieve your goals. In the medium term, you can also create a new list of short and medium term goals that will move you closer to your goals.
Each of us faces internal and external obstacles that can hold us back. These may be voices of doubt in your head and uncertainty due to past experiences. It can be pressure from others who may feel like they are trying to help and protect you, but instead encourage fear, guilt and other emotions to run rampant in your mind.
If these negative factors are not challenged,
they can be strong enough to prevent us from reaching our potential and living the life we want to live. They can hold us back from being the person we want to be. However, if we recognize and acknowledge these obstacles and take steps to overcome them, we can continue our journey to fulfillment.
Challenging these barriers alone can be difficult, so seeking external support is recommended. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a tried and tested process that can challenge the reasons that hold us back. In a confidential environment, with a professional counselor, it is possible to face your fears and find a way forward.