You may be asking why anyone should need to meet with a consultant? Isn't it as simple as choosing a goal and getting started? No, it isn't. The process of setting and achieving a goal is very complex because there are many variables that affect the success of the journey. Below are a few tools designed to help you register what affects the journey and an individual's success.
some potentially inappropriate behaviors (i.e.: a structured, disciplined upbringing promotes
self-discipline in an otherwise unfocused/undisciplined person).
"Inappropriate shaping" (forcing human beings to be something they are not) does a lot of damage to the individual's psyche.
The analogy of Square Watermelons also explains why the self-awareness process (and setting appropriate goals accordingly) is so complex: Is the watermelon square or round? It is both: round by nature, but square by environmental shaping.
This tool illustrates how an individual's in ability to distinguish the difference between identity, life roles, and life purpose, can cause confusion to the person who is seeking meaning and purpose for his/her life. It also illustrates that without a greater vision for one's life, an individual lives a compartmentalized life, which is characterized by stress.
We live in a rapidly-changing world where globalization and advances in technology are causing tremendous institutional, economic and cultural upheaval. This upheaval is causing increasing levels of confusion and stress on individuals as they try to navigate a world that can't be predicted and where still they need to develop and maintain their job marketability.
"Shift Happens"Video Link (Note: There are more recent, updated versions of this, but this particular
version does the best job of providing a visual representation of the message being conveyed.)
A Rapidly-Changing World (This is an assignment given to students to help them register these changes and to offer coping skills for living in a world which can't be predicted.)