#111: Protecting your dreams is an essential task

career empowerment story May 13, 2021
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How would you rate the difficulty of your top most critical plans or goals? Do you tend to take on hard projects and hard accomplishments? Or do you prefer to be a little less intense? (Either is perfectly fine!) When it comes to your life’s dream becoming a reality, it doesn’t matter how hard it is to achieve. It matters how you hold on to it when your whole world is tested by mental illness.

Bipolar disorder is famous for convincing people to attempt the impossible. And that can be comical on the surface. But deep down it hurts so bad to have to walk away from something you swore was going to help change the world. The big question remains as to whether or not you still want that dream to happen, on some level. Should it?

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is packed with conversation about how to protect those plans and dreams from fading away. The world is full of wonderful ideas that could have been but never happened. Why add to the list of common excuses? In this episode Francis shares with Mike about ways to modify your approach so that your mental health is still (mostly) intact as you pursue the things you want to bring to life.

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  • Anyone pursuing something that takes discipline and determination is going to hit a “wall” at some point. What are the things you need to have so that bipolar disorder doesn’t completely run you over?


  • When you hit a “wall” at work, carefully explore your options. Sometimes a job is letting you go so that you can have something far better in your next role.


  • Certain medications for bipolar disorder can severely interfere with a healthy pregnancy for women. If you are taking prescription medication, always coordinate with your doctor about getting pregnant.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to assist you over any hurdles you may have to clear as you address your mental health. These are special conversations!

“Lifers” are people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick by you through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


The Questions

1) Do you have any hidden life plans that seem too big to talk about? / Could you share them with me?

2) Are there any goals or dreams you gave up on? Could reconsider it from a different angle now?

3) How are you stalled out on any of your plans right now?

4) What could be a next step to get you going again?


Join the Tribe!

Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so, make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Group on Facebook! There’s quite a few people over there who are also taking a new step in their mental health. And we’d love for you to share your story with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!