I once worked a job where (I felt) the stress was tremendous, with little flexibility amongst my managers, and poor training. I was sad, because I went to school for the job I held, and worked hard. I was a general ultrasound technician. I could scan anything from the head to the toes, with a specialty in abdominal. I trained in a hospital, out in Grand-Rapids. I felt I had the job down, until I started working at other hospitals. The hospitals I worked at, did not work with same machines that I trained on, and had different protocols for different procedures. I was frustrated with myself, because I saw other people who worked there, and they seemed to be doing a good, I begin to question my abilities. I began to question myself.
I would wake up, dreading having to go into work in the morning. I did not want to feel the pressure of the job. My body physically hurt from the stress. I had to stop the job because my coping mechanisms were failing, and the stress was beginning to eat me alive. I could actually feel the pressure consuming my body.
It still makes me sad to this day, thinking about it. I wish I was a little smarter about the situation, and chosen more wisely. The pain taught me a lesson though. I learned to be more assertive, and to take my time when deciding to do a career. I learned to let go of the past (mostly) and become solution focused.
I always wondered though, when looking into the earlier, why did I not try to answer the questions about what I really wanted. Why was I working jobs that did not satisfy me internally or externally?
I do not remember ever being counseled in high school, or college for helping decide with a career choice. I am sure the opportunities were present, I feel perhaps my current mind frame was not. I had a certain stubbornness about me, that when I did choose a career, I just went full steam ahead. I always felt I was under a time crunch, and the illusion of a time crunch had taken a toll. I felt I could not take the break I needed to find out exactly what I wanted to do. Even when I write this, I can see the colossal inaccuracies in my way of thinking. I would have saved years of time, if I just would have answered the basic question of “who I was.”
After my frustration had hit a peak, I did decide to find out who I was. It was through the book Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins; did I find out exactly what I wanted to do. The chapter was called Limitation disengage and it asked the questions I needed to answer. For example, what were my beliefs and values? Through hours of journaling, and other exercises, I found out who I was and what I wanted. Most importantly, I found out how I wanted to serve society.
I dare you to read the chapter in the book, and to do the exercises. It was one of the largest eye-openers in my life. Just click on the link provided, and it will take you right there.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
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