#54: Healthy Brains Think About a Better Future

empowerment growth mindset Apr 03, 2020
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Do you find yourself wanting to escape or break free of limitations? When you look to the future, do you see clearly where you’ve arrived? For most people, having to live through the cycles of bipolar disorder means you get super-amped about who you are and what you are capable of, only to have it crash back on you.

During this week (which is week three of the “shelter-in-place” coronavirus orders here in California) I spent some time reflecting. Why is that so many people can’t maintain a proper vision of themselves? It’s either exaggerated confidence, or mixed emotions and confusion. For some, it’s all-out fear.

How can you break free of not only the limitations of a global crisis, but also your own temperament? On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, I’m sharing the exact process I go through to maintain a grip on my future. The bonus is that it strengthens my grip on today.

Don't miss this exceptional teaching!


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  • To have a vision, you need “perceptive eyes” and a soft heart to be able to respond to great opportunities.

  • To have a vision, you need a plan. And making a plan isn’t something that happens in a vacuum. You need to consult others as you determine your best expression of the vision.

  • To have a vision, you need to put up or shut up. Words don’t matter. Resources of time, ability, and money (yes, your own money) are required to carry out the vision.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you talk your way through the stress of having to adjust to life with social, work, and recreational restrictions (CV-19). This is important for mental health because we lose sight of reality when we are isolated and restricted for even a short amount of time.

“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) What was a memorable idea you had for an invention when you were a kid? / What was it supposed to do?

2) What’s one of your favorite possessions right now? (It can be anything.) / What’s so special about it?

3) When you think about your favorite possession, what kind of vision do you think the creators had in mind?

4) How often do you see opportunities now? / And what do you typically do about them?

5) How strong (or how clear) is your vision for your life and where you want to be?


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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