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Disclaimer: In the name of full transparency, I am not a doctor or therapist, I am a fellow bipolar sufferer sharing my experiences and knowledge that I have gained in the hope those experiences and knowledge may help you.

Bipolar Disorder Is Not The Problem, Our Attitude IS.

“The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.” Captain Jack Sparrow.

The problem is I have BP 1 to which there is no cure. This does not mean there is not a solution.

Our attitude towards the illness that affects us is our biggest problem. If we have the proper attitude, we can overcome this problem.

One of the greatest hurdles in dealing with our bipolar disorder is finding the proper medication to stabilize our mind. Once we expend the effort, time, and trials to find the proper medication to stabilize our mind. We then have a starting point to build a better way of living.  Without a stable mind, our lives are as fickle as the wind. I can never stress this enough to myself and to you, a stable mind is the essential beginning, but it is only the beginning.

Action Is Required.

“To live the life, I want Action is required.

I can think and dream about the life I want,

But unless I actually do something things will – “Stay the same.”

We have a mental illness, why is it such a stretch to realize we have to fix our minds not just stabilize them. That effort and action are required to reach that place I call mental wellness. The first step on that journey to mental wellness is a change in our attitude.

What Is Attitude?

Our attitude is the emotions, beliefs, and behaviors we bring to life. Our attitude is based on our life experiences.

If It Is Our Life History That Defines Our Attitude, How Do We Change It?

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” Marcus Aralias.

I felt such a sense of injury about my life and my diagnosis seemed to compound my hurt in the beginning. That feeling everyone and everything had hurt me. That I was the victim here was the predominant feeling of my life.

My life did not become that way in an instant but progressed as my illness progressed, it took time and a lot of terrible situations to build the reactions I established to get me through the day.

Understanding the fact that I did not get to this current attitude overnight allowed me to have hope that over time I could develop a new positive attitude.

My attitude can change from negative to positive at any time I choose. Like the poles on a battery, attitude can be reversed.

If I change my attitude my life does not become entirely different instantly. The reprograming takes time and by degrees, my life becomes different as the new programming takes over.

The hardest concept to grasp was life only changed on the inside. How I now responded rather than reacting. How my total world view shifted over time with this change of attitude.

How Would Your Life Be Different?

“How would your life be different if…You stopped validating your victim mentality? Let today be the day…You shake off your self-defeating drama and embrace your innate ability to recover and achieve.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

That was the question, “How would my life be different if I changed my attitude?”

The answer was, “I had no I idea, but I really wanted to find out.”

Life Will Only Be Different If.

“(3) Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”  The Gospel Of Thomas.

I was tired of the poverty of a bipolar driven life. I wanted to change. I wanted to recover and have that life worth living. This quote gave me the clue and set me on the journey that I share with you today.

Life will only be different if I get to know the real me and it all started with a change in attitude.

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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