#91 Prepare the way

reflection Dec 30, 2020
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Have you ever had an exceptional year, where all the bad things you went through somehow have no hold on you? For some people this happens by random chance and good fortune. But for others, it happens by design. And in this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike reveals his process for making even a horrific pandemic year one of the best ones yet.

You don’t want to miss it!


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  • Having your “best year ever” doesn’t mean that every year keeps getting better and better. It just means you put your decisions in line with the kind of resilience that’s needed to have success with bipolar disorder over the long term.


  • Preparation for a new year needs to be spread out so that you don’t rush the process. And you don’t have to wait for December or January to come around. You can start right where you’re at.


  • It’s been said that “failure to plan is planning to fail.” And while we share a diagnosis that trips up even the most expertly laid plans, keeping the commitment to your best year ever helps you feel secure even when things crumble.


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) Are you a planner? / Or do you like things to be more “freeform”? / Give me an example from your life.

2) What do you think of going through a reflection and planning process at the end of the year? / Is there anything attractive about that process?

3) What was one unexpected thing you had to face in this last year? / How do you get back on track after the unexpected happens?


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 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!