#143: Why Obstacles Are Necessary for Creative Problem Solving

anxiety discernment optimism Jan 27, 2022
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On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike and Matthew share personal stories of having to get through obstacles that prevent them from moving on with bipolar disorders included.

Mike is making due with declining physical health, while Matthew feels stuck on finding the doorway to a new career path.

If you think that setbacks and blockers are a permanently disabling feature in your Path, then you’ll want to pay extra attention to what’s discussed in this show!

Don't miss it.


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  • Obstacles create opportunities to grow stronger, and it’s important to take this view so that we do not fall into discouragement when the way is hard and our none of our options feels like the best one.

  • Obstacles can turn into sources of crisis is we do not manage ourselves well and learn to treat our bipolar symptoms first.

  • Just when you think you can’t stand being stuck at an obstacle any longer, a new part of your story is about to open up. It won’t be easy, but you can make it good. Especially if you don’t go it alone.


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) Can you think of a time when you were young when something got in the way of you getting your way in life? / What was it that you felt was dragging on forever or was being delayed in happening?

2) Do you get jealous very quickly when someone else seems to be getting what you’re missing out on?

3) Is there something in your life that you are certain was supposed to be yours by now, because of what you did or what you were told to do in order to get it?

4) Can I tell you about something I am tired of waiting for lately?

5) Is there something you are I need to be doing in order to get more creative about looking at that big obstacle?


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 Network 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!