After over fifteen years of being a part of the workforce, I can finally say I am truly happy in my career. I love being a therapist. After many years working in different career paths and in the field of social work, I feel so grateful to finally be able to do what I’ve always wanted to do.
It was not an easy road to get to where I am today, and when I think about how I was able to finally take the plunge to go after my dreams of opening up a private practice, I can honestly say, that I was the person that made it happen. I had to believe in myself to achieve my dreams. I know this is something that we hear quite often in life, but experiencing it myself made me realize the truth behind it. Sure it is helpful to have others believe in your ability, talent, and success, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to make things happen.
I believe that self-doubt was probably the number one obstacle I had to overcome to make my dreams become my reality. Of course there were logistical, financial, and a variety of other concerns to going into private practice. However, if I continued on my path of not thinking I could do it, or that I wouldn’t be good at it, I would not be sitting where I am today. I had to convince myself that I am enough, even when those negative voices try to tell me otherwise. Believing in me was essential in making my dreams a reality. I know it’s not always the easiest thing to do, but after years of working towards it, I finally decided that I was capable and competent, as I knew this was and is my life calling.
There may be very difficult barriers or circumstances holding you back from doing what you want. It may not be something you can do right away. But when there’s a will, there’s a way, and it’s up to you to go after what you want to achieve in your life. And if you’re having trouble getting there, you’re not alone. Keep working at it, never give up. Speaking to a therapist might give you the insight and tools you need to get there (after all, it was my own therapist who encouraged me to take the plunge into private practice.)
The reason I share this with you is because I want to encourage each and every one of you to believe in yourselves and follow your dreams. If you are unhappy in a part of your life and want to make a change, the only person that can make it happen is you. If you feel fear about making this change or going after your dream, that is completely normal. The unknown is terrifying!
We may only have one life to live (depending on your belief system) so there is no time like the present to make your dreams your reality. As Gandhi once said, "the future depends on what you do today."
Nicole Wegweiser, LCSW