Though all your years of growing up, people may have asked you, “What do you want to be?”  Not everyone knows the answer to this question in elementary or even high school. Sometimes we give an answer and it changes over time as we learn more about what choices are available.  You may still be struggling with this question while you are here at Graceland.  Instead of focusing on the one profession you want to do for the rest of your life, try reframing the question.  Think of this instead:  “What problems do I want to solve in the world”?  It may help you discover more about yourself and what you want to do with your life.  And, who says you need to settle on just one choice.  Nothing is set in stone. You are free to change your mind at any age.  I like to say that my plans are set in “Jello” and that gives me a little “wiggle” room, if needed.

Becoming who you are meant to be is a process that includes more than just what career you may pursue. It is okay to try on new ideas and see how these ideals fit you.  There will be some things you will want to discard, because they just don’t fit with your values or style. There will be other ideas that you will want to keep because they bring out the best in you. It may take a lifetime to fully become your true self.  It can be confusing to sort it all out. 

While deciding the direction of your life path, taking classes, studying, dealing with friends, relationships, and having fun, there may be some problems you will encounter along the way. You may go through painful situations, losses, and people who betray you.  Life brings many challenges. There are times when events happen to us that are difficult to overcome without the help of trusted friends and/or a personal counselor. It can be difficult to keep striving to become your best self.  Seeking consultation through personal counseling can be helpful. Take action. Learning how to handle life problems and removing barriers in a positive healthy way, can get you back on track for future success.  A Forbes.com article explains a few ways to ‘find your authentic self’ , or click here to read another article that you may find helpful.  http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Authentic

Call 641-784-5463 or email at ddw1@graceland.edu for an appointment.