Chapter 03.1 Section 1 Now What Directives
I want you to take time to put YOU at the forefront of your headspace. Clear your mind of everything else that consumes your mind and your day. These “now whats” are for you to help determine your passion and purpose.
Exercise #1: Write Your Story
Find a quiet place to sit, armed with a piece of paper and a pen and reflect back to when your journey started with dietetics. Ask yourself these questions: When did you make the decision that you wanted to be a registered dietitian? Why did you decide this was the profession for you? Take 10 minutes and write down all the thoughts that come to mind when you think about these questions. Think of this as your “elevator speech” when your inquisitive intern asks your story.
Exercise #1: Write Your Story
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Exercise #2: Write Your Purpose
Go to a place that inspires, relaxes you and/or makes you happy. Take 2 to 3 deep breaths, and, on the third breath, close your eyes. Ask yourself how did you become a registered dietitian? Think back to your first job or maybe that is the job you are in right now. What did you feel about your first job? Was it or is it something you love? Do you want to move on? If you moved on, why? Once you explore these thoughts, open your eyes. Write down things that you think about when you think about each job you have had as a registered dietitian. This is your personal journey with your profession. You are shaping your professional life with each job you do as a registered dietitian. And if you do not want to get burned out, you need to keep going back on what works for you and what does not. This will help lead you to the job you love, your purpose, if you haven’t already found it.
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Exercise 3: Write Your Joys
You are reading this book because you have a need for something, right here and right now, in your life. Find a place that you will walk by or be everyday. Place a jar or any container, a pad of paper and a writing utensil in that spot. At the end of the day, write the date and the joy you experienced that day.

Joy Stage 1: Read your joys every week on Sunday evening for 4 weeks. Keep the significant joys that really stand out to you in a resealable bag.

Joy Stage 2: Read your joys on the last Sunday of the month for weeks 8 and week 12. Add the additional significant joys that really stand out to you to the resealable bag.

Joy Stage 3: Read your joys every 3 months. Keep the significant joys that really stand out to you in a resealable bag. Repeat Stage 3 until you reach 1 full calendar year after you started. At the end of the year, reread the significant joys in your resealable bag.

Joy Stage 4: Smile, laugh, cry and embrace the true joy you have in your life.
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