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When we are young, we spend our lives formulating what we want to pursue as a “dream career”. And while many may not know what they want to be, many still have known since childhood. Regardless, here is the key to success in a word.

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I always admire people who can go the distance with a passion. I only wish I were one of them.

Even though I lived in the unsure camp for my childhood and teens, I did know one thing for certain – I wanted to help others. So broad of a passion, I know.

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Now that I’ve gotten me out of the way, let’s get back to the people with a lifelong passion. Specifically, how it impacts one’s mental health.

From what I can tell, it can have an amazing impact on mental wellbeing. Similarly, it can go the other way if one encounters too many obstacles – or is not motivated enough to “go after it,” as it were.

See, when we have clarity of purpose, we have direction – and when we have direction, we actively seek out the path to fulfilling our dream. In other words, our whole life becomes about “What do I have to do to achieve my goals?”

Predictors of occupational success in adulthood

Additionally, we actively seek out the answers that help us bring our dreams into reality.

Questions you may want to ask yourself

  • What do I have to do to get through public school?
  • What grades and courses do I need for my dream job?
  • Do I need to go to secondary school and if so, where do I go?
  • What kind of network do I need to build to help me achieve my goals?

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Of course, there are many more questions to ask yourself; however, none of them mean anything if you do actively seek out the answers. So, get to work 🙂

All this seem a little overwhelming? It should, because for many of us, it’s natural to be overwhelmed. Therefore, if we accept the fact that it’s a lot, we can ask ourselves, how can I make my journey more manageable?

Well, the good news – you can still do it.

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Firstly, you may find it easier to look at every piece of your life like it’s a puzzle piece. What’s more is you can imagine that there are smaller puzzle pieces that make up the main pieces of your life. So, for example, your puzzle piece that needs to be made to put together your career, is a series of smaller bits – with each one needed to be in place for your dream career to come together.

What I like about looking at it in this manner is that it takes us away from the big picture and turns our attention to the tinier details. So, for instance, we need to tackle the above questions, and now that we have it broken down, we can choose which ones go first. So, for example, we know that we are going to have to find out the schools we need to go to, right? Therefore, commit to that task – just that one.

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For instance, say to yourself, “I am going to commit to looking up schools for 15 minutes every day.” Tip: Successful people act on their plans, so, commit to yourself. See, once you figure out this “micro” piece of the larger puzzle, you can then move on to answer the next question.

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Occupational success and mental illness.

Now that we’ve discussed how we can go about achieving our goals, we need to discuss the mental health angle. Well, in large part, we already have because as it turns out, breaking down main goals into smaller ones is the way to go. If you, for instance, have an anxiety disorder, breaking it down is fundamental. It is, for example, much easier to commit to one task, than multiple. So, do that, especially if you suffer from a mental illness.

Finally, the theme that runs deep in this post is the need to commit. Whether you want to overcome depression or land that dream job, you must be dedicated to you! Hopefully by applying this method mentioned above, you can take steps to a better you.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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