#38: I Always Get in My Own Way

discernment empowerment prevention Dec 05, 2019
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Do you find that you constantly get in your own way? Do you wreck a good thing before you even have the chance to finish it? Or maybe you have a hard time even in the early stages of the “building” process, and it seems like you’re sentenced to never win, all because of the “you-factor”.

If you’ve nodded your head to any of these, it’s because of an invisible psychological enemy known as “self-sabotage”. And it’s 100% human, which means it happens to everyone. Only trouble is, not all people have to contend with mental illness. But you and I do.

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast shows you how to tell the difference between ordinary self-struggles and failures and where these differ from their counterparts in this diagnosis. See how routines, careers, relationships, and sobriety can rescued from easily made but backwards decisions.

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  • Awareness is the first step toward preventing bad decisions. You can ask yourself, “What am I doing?” or, “What am I doing to myself?” throughout the day.

  • There is something known as the “door of discomfort” that you walk through anytime you encounter fear on the way to doing what you must do.

  • Failing to endure is what most people do when they walk through the “door of discomfort”, not realizing that there is a spacious place of personal growth and freedom on the other side.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer guide to help you look for place you’ve been self-sabotaging lately. “Lifers” are special people who have the kind of faithfulness to you that assures you they’ll be there when called upon. If you haven’t nominated a Lifer as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


The Questions:

1) What has you “shaking” like the leaf in the storm in Mike’s analogy? / Why is it so bothersome or dreadful to you?

2) Have you ever been inspired to push against the discomfort of temptation or the pull of a storm? / What could you copy from that time that you can tap into for this current discomfort?

3) How can I help you endure the “door of discomfort” so that you don’t go backwards or tear yourself down any more? / How can I help you to be courageous?


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!


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