Frommy test scores, it is apparent I have considerable influence on thecourse of my life through the choices I make. Therefore, it isimportant to make conscious decisions that will not affect me infuture. I also acknowledge I have a good understanding of the areasin my life I can alter and those I cannot. Therefore, I possess alimitation to the level of modification I can do on myself.
Onthe other hand, I’m an active learner who is ready for challengesand transformations in different aspects of my life. However, Idisagree with the statement “success and happiness are connected toa sense of belonging.” It is because my relationship to others doesnot determine my success. I agree my past has defined who I am today.However, it is the decisions I made in my past that determine theconsciousness of choices I make today.
Concerningmy personal health, I have not been keen enough in maintaining ahealthy lifestyle. My diet does not mainly consist of fast foods.However, I have not put enough time to exercise and take care of myphysical health. Therefore, I need to give in more effort in takingcare of my emotional and physical needs.
Stressis a concern in my life as it has sometimes made me ill. While I havenot relied on drug abuse as a remedy to stress, I feel I need tolearn stress management techniques to deal with any stressful events.Love is a critical factor in my life as I have lived a lifesurrounded by love. Nevertheless, I acknowledge the journey of lovewill not always be easy. I recognize that I need to receive and offerlove to others, but I do not need continuous reassurance from those Ilove.
Iconsider peace in a relationship as a sign of success. I also feelconfident of what I’m required to do in a relationship. However, Iacknowledge the flaw that too much expectations from partners cancause potential harm to a relationship. On gender roles, I do nothave a problem with people who have some qualities of their oppositesex or irregular sexual orientations. It might be attributed becauseof my decent and objective perception of genders. Similarly, I see nodifference between a man and a woman and I would welcome a change ofgender roles.
Idisagree that the success of a relationship is determined by thesexual relationship between partners. To me, sex is not aprerequisite to experiencing love and happiness. I’m able tosurvive in a relationship where sex is not offered on a regularbasis. Conversely, I live to work. My education is meant to push meinto higher scales of my career to find a meaning of my life. Thereason for furthering my education is to gain experience and learnmore about my potential.
Eventhough I love the company of others, I also enjoy being alone as ithelps me reflect on my life. I have also invented ways of dealingwith solitude and how to manage those moments effectively.
Deathgives me the challenge to live a more sober life. Therefore, I do notfear my death, but it is the death of loved ones that is fearful.However, I can manage losses as I allow myself to grieve fully. Ibelieve that living a life of integrity is more important than livinga life full of regrets.
Regardingmy values, I have developed values from my religion, parents, andthose I have learned by myself. Similarly, I have challenged most ofmy values to determine their worth into adding meaning to my life. Ihave discovered that different people have different values whichmight be dissimilar to mine. As a result of this understanding, I’mwilling to learn different value systems to better understanddifferent personalities.
GrantingI like the person I am today, I’m ready to take an action plan intotransforming my life more using the various available techniques.According to Corey G. & Corey M. (2010), living in reality, meansaccepting the help that is extended even if it means seeking aprofessional counselor.
Frommy self-assessment, I have learned that I still need changes in somespecific areas in my life. My life needs a balance as I havedisparate strengths and weaknesses. One of my weaknesses during myearly years of learning was self-centeredness. I would focus more onmyself than on the client. Consequently, I discovered that it reducedmy efficacy as a speaker and active listener. I also had a tendencyof imposing personal values on others. I later learned that my rolewas to help clients through their hardships. Similarly, looking at mypast has limited my personal growth in previous years. I often lookedat my condition and sometimes questioned my abilities.
Nevertheless,I have discovered I have a strong will and a desire to learn andimpact others through my work. As SAMHSA (2009) puts it, I have arole as a teacher, mentor, evaluator, coach, and consultant.Therefore, I play a significant role in the field. Some of thestrengths I possess include active listening, the respect for otherpeople’s views, and an appreciation for the role of resistance. Allthese qualities will enable a conscious and sound practice in thefield of substance abuse counseling.
Corey,G., & Corey M. S. (2010). INever Knew I had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth(9th ed.) Cengage.
SubstanceAbuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2009).ClinicalSupervision and Professional Development of the Substance AbuseCounselor:A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 52)