Discover Your Therapeutic Index

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You are what your deep driving desire is. As your deep driving desire, so is your will; as your will is, so is your deed; and as your deed is, so is your destiny.

In my profession, Pharmacy, there is what is called pharmaceutical index of a drug.

Pharm. Sesan Kareem

This is the range within which drugs are optimally effective to produce pharmacological response required of the drug. Any alteration (increase or decrease) in this therapeutic index will not and cannot produce optimal response.

In a similar vein, each individual has his own therapeutic index, an optimal functioning area where he can and will function at its best. This is a point where he can function optimally and this is where the greatness of his destiny lies.

Every individual must endeavour to study himself and find out his optimal functioning zone. English philosopher and writer G.K. Chesterton remarked, “One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego, the self is more distant than any star”.

You must find ways to be an active force in your life. You must take the total advantage of your destiny, design a life of substance and truly begin to live your dreams. If your therapeutic index is a fashion designer and you are a medical practitioner, you might not find fulfilment. If your optimal functioning zone is entertainment and you are in security, you may not grab your destiny.

One of the most important factors that determine your destiny is your ability to determine your niche in order to perform optimally. Imagine if Isaac Newton had ventured into business without discovering his ability to observe things minutely, which is a major pre-requisite in science, he probably would not have been known. Discovery made him a great scientist.

Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Christiana Ronaldo, Usain Bolt, Jeff Bezos, Strive Masiyiwa, Tony Robbins and Ben Carson are great men of the world because they discovered themselves. There is always a worthy price for discovery. “No one remains quite what he was,” said Thomas Man “when he recognises himself.”

Robert Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, discovered his music talent at an early age. This is what makes him a superstar among the stars. David Beckham’s parents discovered his football skill in his early life and this was what brought him fame and fortune. For you to reach the zenith of success, you must discover who you are, your abilities, strengths, weaknesses, potentials, talents, skills and personality. Those who have learnt early in life to look inward, study themselves and follow their native gifts are those who conquer the world and grab their destiny.

Many people have travelled through the wrong path in life and this has affected their destinies. Here is the good news; it is never too late to rediscover yourself. Your age, status, gender, condition or position in life does not limit you in rediscovering yourself. You must cast your mind back to the past, link it with the present to determine your future.

Self-awareness is of importance in discovering who you are. Self-awareness allows you to connect with your emotions, thoughts and actions. You must learn to be aware of your actions. One way to do this is by examining how you make appraisals. Appraisals are all of the different impressions, interpretations, evaluations and expectations you have about yourself, others and situations. These appraisals are largely influenced by your conscience. It takes everything you gather as information already stored in your mind.

Taking cognizance of your thoughts influences your self-awareness, actions and reactions, thus allowing you to alter them, if they are not right.

Discovering your strength involves knowing your passion. What do you engage in that brings you happiness and fulfilment? What do you consciously or unconsciously always find yourself engaging in? It may even be that friends and family members have acknowledged you for this ability. Then I’m convinced, that is your therapeutic index, your optimal functioning zone, your strength and where the greatness of your destiny lies.

Humorously, I always put it like this. “If you want an hour of happiness have a nap; if you want a day of happiness go for a picnic; if you want a week of happiness go for a vacation; if you want months of happiness marry your beautiful spouse; if you want years of happiness, inherit wealth; but, if you want a lifetime of happiness discover your passion and follow it.”

Neil Somerville said, “You are the master of your destiny, use your strength well. They are the keys to your destiny and your success in life. Once you know yourself and take action to realise your dreams, you can unlock the doors to your own potential”. You must be faithful in discovering yourself for you to be fruitful in life.

ACTION PLAN: Take 30 minutes and write an article with the title, “Who Am I?” Reflect back on your past experiences, connect them with the present and link them to the future as you write.

AFFIRMATION: I operate within my therapeutic index. I am blessed and highly favoured.

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