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Is Mental Wellness A Worthy Ideal?

I came across this quote shortly after my diagnosis in April of 2009.

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” Earl Nightingale.

This was the question I asked myself. Is mental wellness a worthy ideal? My answer was a resounding, “Yes, for me it is.”

Success Does Not Mean Perfection:

The lie my bipolar brain had convinced me of was, “If it was not perfect, I was not doing it right and therefore I should not do anything.”

It took a year and a really good therapist to convince me otherwise. In talking to many other bipolar sufferers, I learned that I was not alone in this way of thinking.

As a visual person this image did more for me to understand what success really looks like. Success has nothing to do with doing things perfectly. Success is about keeping your goal, mental wellness, firmly in your sights. The goal of mental wellness may seem a long way off and may even be unreachable, but I learned THE GREATEST JOY is really found in the Progressive Realization Of The Worthy Ideal.

There is a second part to the Earl Nightingale quote.

“Any person with a goal towards which they are working is a successful person.” Earl Nightingale.

There is an important word in the second part of this quote and that word is “WORK.”

Jim Rohn supplied the quote that told me what I needed to work on.” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”

Defining The Goal And The Work.

Bipolar disorder does not go away, ever. Bipolar disorder is now defined as a chronic condition which simply means that the knowledgeable people in society recognize that you will never get over bipolar disorder as well.

Having a goal of mental wellness does not mean getting over bipolar disorder. The goal of mental wellness means managing bipolar disorder to the best of your ability.

In last week’s post I pointed out the more of bipolar management was learning. That is the work.

It is by progressing along the learning curve of bipolar management that the realization of mental wellness happens. That is where joy is found, in the progress of learning to manage your bipolar disorder not in reaching the goal of mental wellness.

As we conclude this week’s blog post always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our battle is with our illness not with other people, places, situations, or other external things.  Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.

The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”

I say,” Work hard on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”

Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK:

Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog written by someone else that I found interesting that may inform you as well.  This is another author’s work I am just attaching their blog for you.  I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by John Poehler

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