Celebrities often seem to live perfect lives. They have wealth, fans, and seemingly everything they might want. Photographs pop up showcasing their travels and what they do for fun or when away from a movie set or recording studio. However, underneath all the makeup, the status and the attention, every single celebrity is, in fact, human. They deal with the same issues everyday people experience on a daily basis. Some of these issues connect directly to anxiety, depression and other mental conditions. Jennifer Lawrence, the star of The Hunger Games franchise has come out in recent months to discuss her own ongoing battle with social anxiety. Unlike many other celebrities who keep their personal conditions a secret in order to maintain an ideal appearance to the outside world, Jennifer Lawrence stands as one of the few celebrities with anxiety who openly and honestly discusses her condition, how it’s affected her, and what she’s done both in the past and currently to combat her anxiety.
For years, I’ve been curious about the power of visualization and the principles of law of attraction. In other words, the principle stating – through visualization you can attract whatever you desire in life. When I first read about the law of attraction, I thought it was bullshit, here’s why –
First, it was completely new to me so naturally, I had my guard up. Secondly, I struggled with keeping my mind clear of negative thought patterns so had a hard time believing in something different. This all changed when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder because I knew it was time for me to transform my life for the better. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life wondering what I could have accomplished if I put my mind to it.
From a young age, I’ve had dreams of starting my own business and achieving a certain level of success in different areas of my life. To help, every day I started reading books and blogs on mindfulness, motivation, self-improvement, and manifestation. While reading, a common theme was the principles of law of attraction, and how it can be a powerful tool in transforming your life.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been searching online for a steady job that will provide me with much needed income. In February 2017, I lost my main freelance contract. This hit me hard both mentally and financially. The contract that had ended provided me with steady work throughout the months. This meant a decent cashflow too. Since then, things have been tough because I’ve only managed to find small odd jobs through ProBlogger jobs. I kept pushing forward, and finally heard back from a company looking to hire a full-time content marketer. This was a perfect job for me because I have more than 2-3 year’s experience writing content, managing writers, keeping deadlines, collaborating with other writers, and researching. I filled out the application, provided some writing samples, and was happy to hear back the very next day. The company had several applicants so they decided to put everyone through the pre-screening process. Here’s what was required…
The beginning of the month is always special for me because it gives me a chance to look back at the previous month, and evaluate what I can do differently going forward. Even though I believe every day is a fresh start and you can begin making changes right away, looking back over a 30-day period allows me to build a pattern and understand those habits which held me back. This has been something I’ve been doing for 2 years and I’m finally ready to write about it. Why? Because making a single small change every month can combine into something great transformation, changing you into a completely different person. That’s right, I try and make one change each month, small or big, which improves me as a person. Specifically, the change centers around what was holding me back the month before. For example, if punctuality caused me to lose great opportunities with work, friends or family, then the following month I would work hard at being on time the next month so it’s ingrained into my character going forward.
April 1, 2017 marked a new month, and this month I’m going to be focusing on the concept of gratitude.
It’s hard for me to sometimes get things done because I lose focus very quickly. The problem is I get demotivated within minutes if something doesn’t go my way or if things don’t flow smoothly. I already have a hard time staying motivated because some days I wake up tired, have very little energy or have overslept. I wonder if bipolar and productivity can be related? What do you think?
I’ve always struggled with getting things done, and it took me awhile to find a strategy that works. When I first got diagnosed with bipolar in 2000, I really didn’t know what to expect and how to balance my work. It didn’t help that when people learn you are bipolar, you lose many opportunities that come your way. Companies are afraid to put you in places of power and responsibility because they now think you won’t be able to get the work done. So, I decided to be my own boss and start my own business (I have 7 businesses now), and I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’ll be talking about this later when I write a blog series offering career advice, and how to start your own business—It will be amazing!
One way I managed to get shit done is by writing out my goals and making sure I stick to them. It’s worked wonders and has allowed me to stay focused. We all know how hard it is to stay focused being bipolar because we already have a lot on our plate, and it’s a sensitive battle, especially when certain events can trigger a manic episode. But, take a look at this template, which has proven to work well for me and hopefully can help for you:
Let’s all create a game plan for February 2017 and give each other an update at the end of the month.