#50 Going deeper means getting farther

crisis empowerment reflection Mar 06, 2020




What if a fear of failure is the reason you get sick from bipolar disorder, over and over? Or what if you knew that fears were the reason you suffer in sickness longer and longer? What if ignorance could be wiped out with a series of simple reflections? And what if you could mature in your relationship to mental illness?

These are just a few of the questions Mike tackles on this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast. When we’re in crisis, experiencing a dark bag of emotions like sharp, painful anxiety over mind-crippling depression, it is highly unlikely that you’ll do some deep thinking.

But as symptoms abate, and you look for ordinary life to return, it’s important not to move on as though things must be forgotten. Without a purposeful reflection on the past, it will prove very difficult to have wisdom for the future. And your future is worth pinning down, starting today.


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  • Bipolar is a cycle to and from wellness, going into sickness (symptoms), and on to recovery and health. And we try to defend as much of our health as possible by setting standards when we are well.
  • You can do anything you think of. If you can think it, you can do it. Even with a disruptive brain disease like bipolar disorder.
  • So yes, you can do anything you think. But you can’t do everything you think. Or want. This calls for wisdom on your part, by setting the importance of your deepest convictions.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you uncover your biggest convictions to live by. This is critical stuff, because bipolar symptoms like depression are famous for robbing you of conviction, which is what powers your life.

“Lifers” are special people who have the kind of faithfulness that assures you they’re going to 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) When you were a kid, what was something you always insisted on having? What were you constantly asking for?

2) Now that you’re grown, have you let go of insisting on how things “ought to be” in your life? / If so, how did that happen?

3) If you were to “go deep” on one thing in your life right now—maybe it’s mental health, or work, or a hobby, or love—what one thing would you go deep on right now?

4) Looking to the future, what’s the one conviction you need in order to turn your dreams into reality?


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! We’re all looking for ways to go deep on the things that matter, and we’d love for you to practice with us. So don’t miss out!


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