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Welcome to the blog site for Destination Greatness! Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness.

Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

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3 Things to Remember When Enough Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

Have you ever felt like everything you do just falls short of whatever it is you are working towards? If you said no you are more than likely lying and it is time you accept your failures. It is normal to feel disappointed after a failure, all humans experience this feeling of dissatisfaction. While it is perfectly normal to feel disappointed when you experience failure, repeated feelings of disappointment over time can lead to stress, anxiety, which can then lead to depression.

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There are a few things to remember when you feel like what you are doing isn’t enough.

 

 

 

  1. Think back on all your success. As humans, we tend to focus on the negative things when something goes wrong and forget everything we have done right. By thinking back on your successes after a failure will help you remain focus that you can and will accomplish the goal you are trying to achieve.

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  1. Do not compare yourself. Every human is unique and goes through different trials and tribulations. Your best friend may excel at something the first try, whereas it takes you a few times to have success. And vice versa. NO two humans are the same, so stop comparing your failures and successes to other people’s.

 

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  1. Remind yourself to get back up. People tend to stop trying to do something after a few failures. Giving up seems like the easy way out, but really it is the lazy way out. Always remember, no matter how hard you fall, how you get up is what others remember.

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Hopefully you can keep these three tips in the back of your mind when you are feeling like enough isn’t enough. Regardless if it is a failed relationship, failed test, you got fired, etc. remembering these three things when you feel like your enough is not enough will aid you in positively enhancing your mental well-being.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

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A Spiritual Journey through Journaling

By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings.  Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else.  Journaling is personal yet profound.  Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone.  The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness.  To release built up feelings and emotions.

Journaling is powerful.  Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought.  There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.

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Journaling is a way to:

  • Express your Fears
  • Express your Emotions
  • Express your Dreams and Desires
  • Acknowledge your failures
  • Document your prayers
  • Document your Goals
  • Document your Decisions
  • Record your thoughts

Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling.  Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel.  Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others.  Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him.  Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.

A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come.  Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.

Revisit your journal often to track:

  • How you concurred your fears
  • How you managed your emotions
  • How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
  • How you regrouped and moved past your failures
  • When God Answered your Prayers
  • When you accomplished that Goal
  • If the decisions you made were helpful
  • how your thinking and behavior have changed

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention.  Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God.  Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.

 

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

Christianbook.com, LLC. (2017, October 14). Bibles NIV, KJV, ESV, NLT for study and outreach. Retrieved from Christianbook.com, LLC: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles?kw=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1165909&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20CBD&utm_term=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&utm_content=cbd%20bibles

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4 Tips: Mental Wellness & The Entrepreneur

Mental Health and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions.  The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo.  Most start-ups are one-person machines.  The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.

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A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion.  However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused.  Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?

The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.

Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind.  The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal.  Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent.  It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.

My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.

4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur

  1. Engage in Self-Care.
  2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
  3. Complete a personal and business inventory.
  4. Seek professional help.
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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

About The Author

Shanna A. Jefferson, LCSW, is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity and achieve greatness.  As a Woman of God, Change Agent, Business Executive, Life Coach, Philanthropist and Author – she is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others. Having achieved a Bachelors of Public Policy and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at Capella University.

In addition to her academic achievements, Shanna is a thriving entrepreneur as well. She is CEO of Destination Greatness, Founder of The Destination Greatness Foundation, COO of 1929 Enterprises, CEO of Divine Vision Coaching and Consulting and Chief Visionary Officer of Shanna A. Jefferson, Inc. She is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Financial Therapy Association.  At age 32, Shanna became a self-published Author with the release of 32 Shades of Greatness and thereafter The Greatness Toolbox: 33 Tools for Success and Be Bodacious: A 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs to Elevate Your Life.

Connect with Shanna

Website: http://www.shannajefferson.com

Facebook: facebook.com/entrepreneurshannajefferson

Community Advocacy

By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student, Liberty University and Clinical Case Manager Intern, Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Saturday, October 7th marked the day of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 5K walk, which raises money to help further the efforts of awareness about mental illness.  On this day hundreds of walkers gathered at Grant Park in Atlanta GA IMG_0035to advocate on the behalf of mental illness in the community.  At the start of the walk over $108,000.00 dollars had been raised through sponsorships for NAMI walks.

 

 

 

 

Shanti Das gave her revealing testimony about her personal battle with severe depression, a disease that cost her father and cousin their lives. I spoke to Ashanti briefly and thanked her for sharing her story and congratulated her on her accomplishments. After introducing myself and Destination Greatness’ sponsorship to Silence the Shame I became a part of their walking family of approximately 15 others.

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I had a brief conversation with a lady who asked me if Shanti said that “prayer is not enough” to get her through her feeling of depression, to which I had said “Amen” to the statement. The lady was obviously offended. To that, I quoted scripture James 2:20 “faith without works is dead”. She replied, “bring all things to God in prayer”.  I then replied to her that God answers prayer by placing therapists to fill the gap fulfilling HIS will here on earth. She agreed and said, “you are right”. She moved from being critical and judgmental to seeing God’s handy work through His vessels of mental health providers. We parted gracefully and the walk began. God can do all things.

Brenda Wood also revealed her struggles with depression before announcing the official start of the walk. The mood was jovial, filled with strength and determination to make a difference.

Along the pathway through Grant Park individuals talked, laughed, cried, made friends and acquaintances but most of all walked for a collective cause.  No one was deterred from walking even as the glumly sky loomed overhead made way to mist and drizzle.  The event was too important to sway us.

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Fighting Cancer and Mental Health: A journey that will forever coincide.

As October commences, so does Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us wear shades of pink frequently throughout the month of October, donate to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen organization to raise money for cancer research, along with numerous other activities.

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According to Breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This is about 12% of the American female population. While many of us have mothers, aunts, and sisters who suffer from this horrifying disease, not many of us think about a cancer fighter’s mental health. Not just women who are fighting breast cancer, but all people who are fighting cancer in general.

Cancer knows no race, no gender, no age. It simply will affect everyone at some point in their life.

Early in 2015, my sweet step-father was diagnosed with Stage Four Esophagus Cancer. Our journey fighting cancer was the hardest thing our family has ever gone through. Though, his initial prognosis was not as good as we hoped, there was never a day our Scotty did not fight.

I was told from the very beginning that he would not be considered a victim. He would only allow people to consider him a fighter, that is exactly what he was, a Cancer fighter. Many times, throughout our family’s battle with cancer, I wondered how our Scott was mentally holding up.

In the beginning, when he was still able to eat and go out comfortably we would meet for lunch weekly at a little diner near my college apartment. We would discuss things from politics to sports, to how things were going in each of our lives.

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Once he was not able to go out anymore, I called him weekly to check on him, being that I was away at school I could not get home every week. I would ask him questions like how are you feeling and how are you

feeling and how are you holding up?

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No matter what, he would always tell me he was fine. Even when I knew he was exhausted from fighting.  I learned that he would write about his journey with cancer and that seemed to be how he kept his mental health in good shape. He was trying to be strong for our family, he was still setting an example of what a good father and husband was to look like.

This story, is not to make one feel sympathy for myself or my family, or take attention away from Breast Cancer Awareness month, but to encourage people who are quick to wear pink or walk a 5K for Cancer Awareness, to call someone you know who has cancer. Ask that fighter how they are doing. I challenge you to Volunteer your time at a local cancer center. Be an ear to listen to a fighter, sometimes, that’s all they may need.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

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In loving memory of our sweet Scotty. Forever Bigham Strong, Powered by Prayer

 

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

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5 Tips to Overcome The Monday Blues

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Destination Greatness Intern

Have you heard of the Monday blues?  The Monday blues may be triggered by returning to the routine of life after experiencing an awesome weekend.  Other Monday blues can be triggered by not obtaining enough sunlight.  It happens during the cold winter months when the days are shorter and we stay indoors longer.

The Monday blues can happen to anyone at any time.  Students working on a school paper all weekend without taking a break, a stay at home mother with no adult interactions, the retired person with nothing to do, even the elderly experience the Monday blues.

The Monday blues are common as life becomes mundane.  However, if the Monday blues last for several days or even several weeks then you may be experiencing depression.  Depression can also happen to anyone at any time.  If you are unable to shake the sad, blue, drab, low-spirited feelings, or experience feelings or thoughts of suicide, you should seek professional help.

The most important thing to do is to avoid falling deeper into depression by withdrawing from the world.  Even though it may be difficult to resist becoming isolated, the best medicine for depression is to get out and to get active. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us to consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Look to the Lord and seek His face always (1 Chronicles 16:11) and stay in fellowship with others for encouragement.

Finally, to help combat depression individuals should eat clean healthy foods, maintain a regular exercise program, let friends and family help where they can, stay connected, and stay inspired.  Individuals experiencing Major Depression may also need the assistance of medication.  A healthy mind, body and spirit help are tools to combat bouts of depression.

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

growing4life.net. (2017, September 26). Stormy blue sky. Retrieved from Bing.com: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=stormy+blue+sky&qpvt=stormy+blue+sky

 

Reasons Mental Health is NO Joking Matter

There are so many reasons that people bully others, but have you ever thought of why we shouldn’t do this to each other? Have you ever wondered what a stupid joke might mean to someone else?

Joking about mental illness is never cool, ever. What people who suffer from mental illnesses live with daily is traumatic enough, we don’t need to add any additional emotions to their lives. Unless of course they are positive, then feel free to spread the love.

Countless people who suffer from mental illnesses and many who do not, suffer from the lack of self-confidence. This is a main reason we should all be uplifting each other, rather than joking about it.

There are infinite stigmas surrounding mental health. Which makes it impossible to cover every stigma, but we can start with a handful.

Listed below are 3 reasons everyone should educate themselves on mental health issues and stop joking about them immediately.

  1. You probably know someone who suffers.

 

One in Five. According to NAMI, one in five American adults will experience mental illness in a year. That means that in your family of five, someone will likely suffer from a mental illness. You wouldn’t joke about your auntie’s cancer or uncle’s high blood pressure, so why joke about someone’s mental health?

  1. You are making someone feel worse.

By joking about mental illness, you are creating an illusion that mental health is not a big or serious deal, when in fact it is just as important as physical health. By joking about mental health, you are making people who already feel alone in this cruel world, more alone.

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  1. It makes people less likely to get help.

 

My father’s side of the family has been known to joke about mental health, leading me to believe my issues weren’t real.  Now, after taking multiple courses on mental illnesses and disorders, I know that my symptoms were real. I also know the ones making jokes about my symptoms that I let go untreated for so long, show symptoms of mental illness too. After hearing my family joke about mental health for so many years, when I finally decided to get serious about seeing a therapist, I hesitated to even schedule an appointment.

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There are so many things to joke about in the world, mental health is not one of them. Take a moment research the symptoms, check on your family members, and show compassion for those who might suffer from a mental illness.

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.DG Logo

 

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