Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 3/25

Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 3/25

For this week's "Action" theme, we're exploring a topic that many of us have struggled with: the fear of disrupting our comfort zone, whether knowingly or not. It's another typical human experience that's greatly magnified for those of us with ADHD, where the idea of change can seem not just daunting but downright paralyzing.

Why do we often resist action? It's not about laziness or a lack of motivation; at its core, it's about fear whether we realize it or not. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, and yes, fear of leaving our comfort zones. ADHD brains are wired to seek comfort and to avoid any effort that isn't immediately rewarding. When thinking about the idea of changing our routines or habits, our instinctive response is to balk. Why fix what's not broken, right?

But here's what we don't want to admit: growth and improvement lie on the other side of that comfort zone. The effort put forth to change, to shake things up, is exactly what allows us to grow, to meet our potential, and to lead lives that are not just comfortable but truly fulfilling.

So, how do we overcome this fear of action? It starts with understanding. Recognize that this resistance is a natural response, not a personal failing. From there, we can begin to reframe our approach to change. Here are a few strategies:

  • Small Steps: Big steps are only the result of many small steps. Break down the change into manageable, bite-sized actions. Small successes build confidence and momentum as well.
  • Focus on the Why: Why do you want to make this change? How will it improve your life? Let the answers to these questions be your guide and motivation.
  • Create Accountability: Having an accountability partner can provide encouragement and help you stay on track when the going gets tough. It's also helpful to cultivate accountability within yourself. Are you staying honest to your "Why"?
  • Reframe Failure and Celebrate Progress: See setbacks not as failures but as learning opportunities. Each attempt brings you closer to your goal, even if it doesn't feel like it in the moment. Every step forward, no matter how small, is progress. Celebrate these moments as evidence of your courage to act despite fear.

Taking action, especially in the face of fear, is undeniably tough. But it's also where the magic happens. It's where we find out what we're truly capable of, which gives us the confidence to continue on our journey to build a life not just of comfort, but of joy, satisfaction, and true fulfillment.

Remember, you don't have to navigate this journey alone. The ADHD Project community is here, cheering you on every step of the way. Together, we can face our fears, embrace action, and in doing so build a life we truly LOVE living. 

Thanks as always for reading,
Aaron Frank
Founder, The ADHD Project

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