“Here’s How You Can Get Coaching and Personal Help with Bipolar Disorder”

Dear Friend,

If you would like to get coached with various.phpects of bipolar disorder, then read on.

Coaching Takes You to the Next Level

As you may already know, I am a firm believer that information is the key to success when it comes to managing bipolar disorder. I regularly encourage people to read as much as they possibly can on bipolar disorder—from books and magazines at their local library to journal articles and news releases on the latest discoveries related to bipolar treatment.

But the fact remains that as wonderful as books, journals, articles, and special reports are, they can’t replace the individualized and personal help that a coach can provide.

No two people are alike, and your experience with bipolar disorder is as unique as you are. A whole library full of books on bipolar disorder won’t be able to answer all your questions, and it certainly won’t be able to interact with you and your particular situation. You deserve someone who can come alongside you, answer your questions, and give you personalized advice that applies to you and your unique circumstances.

And that is precisely what a coach does.

What is Personal Coaching?

Like a sports coach, a personal coach is interested in helping his or her clients improve their “game.”

But instead of focusing on athletics, personal coaching relationships look more at the “game of life.” Topics typically discussed involve business ventures, career development, interpersonal relationships, and life goals in general.

Coaching and Bipolar Disorder

At first glance, personal coaching and bipolar disorder seem worlds apart. What does one have to do with the other?

But if you’re a person suffering with the volatile mood swings and debilitating depression of bipolar disorder, then you probably understand how a coach could be beneficial. A coach specifically skilled in issues related to bipolar disorder could help you set goals and achieve them. They could help you identify the pitfalls you’re most susceptible to and establish ways to avoid them.

The bottom line: A life coach can help you become the success you want to be in spite of the seemingly insurmountable challenges of bipolar disorder.

What a Personal Coach for Bipolar Disorder Is Not

Now, there’s one thing I must warn you about before we go any further: Some people have the mistaken notion that personal coaching can become the be all, end all of their bipolar treatment plan. They throw away their medication, cancel their psychotherapy sessions, and dive into life coaching as their only avenue of treatment.

That’s playing with fire!

Please, remember that a personal coach is just part of your treatment plan and should NEVER replace your treatment plan. Got it?

In other words…

  • A personal coach is NOT a therapist.
     
  • A personal coach is NOT a medical doctor.
     
  • A personal coach is NOT a psychiatrist.

Your personal coach should NEVER replace any of these important professionals. Instead, coaching should supplement your overall treatment plan. Your personal coach should simply be one more member of your team—the team that will help you achieve your desires and goals in life.

What a Personal Coach for Bipolar Disorder Is

So, what will a personal coach for bipolar disorder do for you? A personal coach will…

  • Dialogue with you to help you intentionally set and achieve your own personal goals.
     
  • Help bring balance to your life if you’ve been thrown off-track personally, professionally, or otherwise.
     
  • Serve as a sounding board for your own personal ideas, hopes, and.phpirations.
     
  • Hold you accountable for your actions and keep you focused on your goals.
     
  • Work with you to monitor your progress toward achieving your action plans.
     
  • Partner with you to implement and modify your action plans as necessary.
     
  • Provide an objective, unbiased, outside perspective on what they see in your life, such as attitudes, behaviors, or habits that could be holding you back.
     
  • Teach proven life skills to empower you to achieve your goals.
     
  • Show you how to celebrate goals when you achieve them.
     

I hope you’ve seen a theme: Goals. Coaching is all about learning how to set and attain goals, a critical skill that can’t be learned in any book you read. It takes the insights, encouragement, guidance, and support of someone who can walk alongside you every step of the way. In other words, it takes a coach.

Why Coaches Are Needed Now More Than Ever

Still not convinced on the benefits of a personal coach?

Consider this fact: According to a survey published several years ago, our personal “safety nets” are shrinking. In other words, each of us has fewer people today than ever before with whom we feel comfortable enough to bare our souls and discuss our most essential and personal concerns.

In 2004, the year of the study, the average participant indicated that they only had two individuals they felt comfortable enough confiding in. Contrast that with the respondents of twenty years earlier. In 1985, those answering a similar survey said they had three such confidants.

While two was the average number for the 2004 survey, many people responded that they actually had no confidants at all with whom to talk.

Personal coaches fill that critical need.

Not Just Any Coach Will Do

Finding a personal coach who’s right for you is a big deal. Not just any person of the street will do—especially if you’re dealing with the added complexities of bipolar disorder.

You need—and deserve—someone who has a proven track record for coaching and consulting others, as well as someone who understands the difficult challenges of bipolar disorder.

Let me tell you that I more than qualify on both fronts. I’ve run my own small business consulting firm for 9 years now, and I’ve provided personal coaching to countless individuals facing bipolar disorder—both supporters and survivors.

On top of that, as primary supporter of my mother, who has bipolar disorder, and as a business owner who has eight employees with bipolar disorder, I am intimately acquainted with bipolar disorder and what it takes to live successfully with it.

What Types of Coaching Are Available?

If you’re interested in personal coaching for bipolar disorder, there are three options to choose from:

  1. My Hourly Coaching Program, with your choice of a 30-minute or 60-minute coaching session
     
  2. My Unlimited Coaching Program, with your choice of unlimited email coaching or unlimited email + phone coaching
     
  3. My In-Person, One-On-One Coaching Program, where I provide personalized, in-person coaching in your home

Please take a look at each program to see which option is best for you.

Your friend,

David Oliver