Kim’s Story About Living to ADHD Potential

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Understanding ADHD | 0 comments

ADHD potentialLast week I met a woman named Kim who, when she discovered I’m an ADHD coach, shared her personal story with me. How she learned about living to her ADHD potential.

Kim’s ADHD journey inspired me so much I wanted to share it with you.

These days Kim is a highly successful sales representative for a major corporation. She’s organized, meets her deadlines, and reaches her goals.

Not that Kim still doesn’t sometimes struggle, but when her ADHD gets in the way, she deals with it and moves on.

Kim wasn’t always so successful. For years, ADHD kept her from living to her potential.

Early in her career, before her ADHD was well-managed, Kim forgot appointments and was late to work. Her customer records and office were a mess. She missed important deadlines. After losing a big account, Kim was at risk of getting fired from her job.

After hearing about Kim’s ADHD journey I asked her a question. I’m always curious to learn how other ADHD adults have transformed their lives.

Here’s what I asked Kim…

How did you turn your life around? How did you go from an ADHD failure to ADHD success?

Kim thought for a moment before she replied.

She said when she almost lost her job, she realized she had to get serious about controlling her ADHD. Medication wasn’t enough. Sure, it helped her ADHD symptoms, but it wasn’t a cure.

Unlocking ADHD Potential

Her first step was to stop hiding and pretending it wasn’t so bad. Then she rattled off this list of how she learned to live to her ADHD potential.

  • staying determined when the work got hard

  • finding creative, realistic solutions that worked for her

  • becoming aware of what she was doing when

  • learning to make quick decisions

  • getting help with tasks she wasn’t good at

  • ADHD Coaching  to build time management and organizing skills

  • taking care of her brain – especially sleep and diet and exercise

  • shifting her attitude

Was it easy, I asked? Of course not, she laughed. It was painful, scary, and hard. It took a lot of time, too. But Kim said no way was it going to let her ADHD get the best of her.

Kim’s determination to live up to her ADHD potential transformed her life and confidence.

What about you? Who do you want to be? How hard are you willing to work?

The path to ADHD success is rocky, steep, and long, but well worth the journey. I can testify to that, as can Kim.

You can do this. Don’t give up. I encourage you to learn to live to your ADHD potential.


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