In his book Smart, But Stick, Dr. Thomas Brown writes about how most people "do not understand that when a person is faced with a task in which [they have] strong and immediate personal interest, either because they really enjoy it or because they fear that not doing the task will quickly bring some very unpleasant consequence, the chemistry of the brain is instantly altered to mobilize. And most don't know that this alteration of brain chemistry is not under voluntary control. ADHD clearly appears to be a problem of willpower failure, but it is actually a problem with the interacting dynamics of emotion, working memory, and the chemistry of the brain." Check out the book here
Have you ever heard the phrase, "where attention goes, energy flows"? This is especially true for those of us with ADHD. By creating powerful intention statements, we can focus our energy and attention on the things that matter most to us.
For example, let's say you have a project due at work or school that you've been procrastinating on. Instead of letting it continue to weigh on your mind, create an intention statement such as "Today, I intend to stay focused and productive as I complete my project." Repeat this statement to yourself throughout the day and notice how it helps you stay on track and focused on the task at hand. By setting an intention, you're sending a clear message to your brain about what you want to accomplish and where you want to focus your attention.
Of course, there's more to it than just that. To learn about more time management and other strategies, consider checking out our course "THRIVE: Unlocking Your ADHD Potential".
We often beat ourselves up for making mistakes, but what if we looked at them differently? Instead of fearing mistakes, try making them on purpose. By intentionally doing something "wrong," you can learn from your mistakes and develop a better understanding of your own thought process. Plus, it takes away some of the fear and anxiety that can come with constantly trying to be perfect. So go ahead and make a mistake today, start small and see what you can learn from it. Remember always, taking action is the first step towards growth and success.