By Dr. Dean Aslinia

I recently read a book, which asked a smilingly simple question.

What is your mission in life?

I thought, oh I’ve pondered about this before. What purpose do I want my life to have? Or what do I want my life to mean.

Then I continued reading and it said, in one word! 

This made things significantly more challenging. Out of all the words in the dictionary, what word could capture everything I hope to do in a life time?

I want to make a difference, I want to explore and discover the beauties life has to offer, I want to love and be loved, I want to belong. I want to empower people to believe in themselves and collectively in humanity. I want to be authentic and real. I want to laugh and make people laugh. I want to not take life so seriously. I want to be flexible and adaptable.  I want to be free from labels. I want to know who I am without all the titles and salutations society bestows on us….(Doctor, Professor, Psychotherapist, Department Chair, President, Father, Son, Husband etc…) Who would I be without any of those titles? Who could I hope to be? What type of a mission would I be on…

Then it hit me.

My mission in life is to INSPIRE!

Whether it’s to inspire a child to believe in his imagination and his own voice; or inspiring an adult to live an authentic life. A life free from the pretentious behaviors, cognitive distortions, and relationships that pretend to care, have class, and empathy. But at their very core are hallow, full of judgment, and lack love. I realized I would love to be able to inspire children and young adults, who much like me, did not have their  path paved for them. To inspire them to realize impossible, does not exist. That if I could live one of the most unexpected journeys anyone has ever lived. Then they too can do the same. To inspire them to realize their feelings and passions are perfect just the way they are, and that they do not need to change, or hide them from others. To inspire my students to learn, to make a difference, and to leave the world a better place then they entered it. 

I realized to inspire, is to empower, to motivate, to influence, to model, and to put into motion the exponential capacity of not just one mind, but of many.

Therefore, I declare from this day forward, my one mission in life is to inspire!

What is your mission in life? In one word!

By | 2019-01-08T21:52:27+00:00 January 8th, 2019|Life, Public Mental Health|2 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Dean Aslinia is a Licensed Mental Health Expert and University Professor. He holds a license as a Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor in the State of Texas. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Over the past decade, Dr. Dean has been engaged in professional trainings, clinical mental health practice, graduate higher education teaching, research, writing, and advocacy for greater mental health access for all Americans. In 2011 he co-found and created New Horizons Center for Healing in north Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The clinic over a five-year span grew and became the most comprehensive mental health clinic in the State of Texas. Housing more than 30 licensed mental health professionals, ranging from adult, child, and addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency counselors, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapists, play therapists, and eating disorder specialists. His peers in the profession consider Dr. Dean a leader, as he is the Past-President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a member of the Texas Counseling Association’s Governance Council, and currently serves on the Texas Counseling Association’s Executive Board. He was also appointed by the Collin County (North DFW) Commissioner’s Court to serve on the Collin County Local Behavioral Health Authority (MHMR) Life Path System’s Board of Trustees. He has also on several occasions, testified in front of the Texas House and Senate Health and Human Services Committees as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for advocacy of mental health related bills. Dr. Dean’s passion, strong leadership, and desire to create a greater social interest with his work has led him to creating Ulead Ulearn Professional Training Company, to provide companies, universities, schools, and organizations with a better understanding of the impact of behavioral and emotional health in their environment. Furthermore, helping companies achieve their goals by fully understanding their work-force, and addressing their concerns. Dr. Dean is an engaging, fun, inspirational, and high energy speaker with expertise in business and leadership development, relational health and communication, team building and trust, mental health legal and ethical compliance, emotional intelligence, workplace environment, and anger and conflict resolution. Dr. Dean has researched and taught on topics that hold individuals, employees, and executives from producing at their ultimate capacity. He in a concise, clear, and highly motivational delivery method communicates and delivers his message to his audience and calls for them to begin to take action on their lives. Media & Press Requests Please Email: [email protected]


  1. Jean Miller January 9, 2019 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I would say that you are already living your mission!

    • Dean Aslinia January 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I’d love to believe so 🙂 But I feel there is so much more to do 🙂 Thank you for all of your help and support ❤️

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