Let 2019 be the year for turning intention to action – with Dr Bek, Clinical Psychologist
Our behaviour grows out of the philosophical assumptions we have – we assume the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be.
We often get so caught up in this world that we lose sight of our self-directedness. My philosophy is all about behavioural activation: moving away from habitual language and thought; moving towards a more vital direction.
To change attitude, we must change behaviour; to change behaviour we must set goals; goals are sustainable only when they are linked to what is most important to us. Start with these evidence-based strategies to help you achieve contentment at a deep level:
1. Unhooking from your past – unhelpful stories are the narrative our mind gives us to make sense of our world; these stories are not the ‘truth’ but a version of events coloured by our past experiences and life teachings. Let go of what no longer serves you – there is no right or wrong, there is only forward.
2. Creating meaning – stepping out of our comfort zone often results in the mind generating reasons why we can’t do it, shouldn’t do it, or shouldn’t even have to do it. Research has shown us that there are centrally meaningful activities for all humans such as love, family, work, friendship and nature. Take steps today to connect at a deep level with those aspects important to your wellbeing.
3. Living life on purpose – draws upon our higher capacities, has a long-term focus and it can take time to determine what is meaningful to us personally.
On your next visit, ask about Eudaimonia – conscious fulfillment in life encompassing flourishing and prosperity as integral to your emotional wellbeing. Remember: living life on purpose is not necessarily those things we do most often.
About Dr Rebekah Doley BA(Hons) GradDipPsyPrac MSc MJuris MPsy/PhD (Clin)
As a consultant clinical psychologist, my extensive professional background incorporates forensic, clinical, military and organisational psychology. With more than 13 years formal higher degree education and over three decades of professional experience, my career has spanned university lecturing, international arson behaviour analysis, relationship and clinical issues and sex therapy.
Working now with corporate executives and teams, as well as private individuals and couples, my approach is driven by passion with purpose. I focus on helping people to successfully navigate significant life changes, and to enhance productivity and direction. I also mentor and guide executives in fostering organisational excellence.