If you’re like most ADHD adults I know, you’re already trying as hard as you can to reach your goals and up your game. You care about keeping your commitments and want to have a successful career. All while being able to spend quality time with the people you love and doing interesting things you like to do.
But with ADHD in the picture it’s not easy.
Building a successful ADHD life can be hard to do . There are so many moving pieces!
- Learning how to honor your priorities
- How to follow-through on your commitments
- Focus on your most important tasks and projects
- Following up on meetings
- Consistently doing the boring tasks that will get you to your goals
- Communicating clearly
- Being present and thoughtful
- And more
There’s a lot to learn to keep ADHD from swamping our potential. We want it all now. Except there seems like so much we need to get a handle on. How do we pull it all together?
Did you notice I used the word WE?
Yes, I have ADHD, too. I didn’t discover ADHD existed until I was around 35. Though I’d started working on overcoming what I now know are my ADHD symptoms in college, I had way too many years of wondering what in the heck was wrong with me. Thinking that maybe I was smart, but not being able to consistently prove it in a way that mattered. Hiding my disorganization. Covering my tracks. Talking my way out of missed deadlines and mistakes.
Now I have a different story. Despite my early struggles, these days I think of my ADHD as my secret weapon. I’m creative, insightful, straight-forward, and just unpredictable enough to keep life interesting.
Now that I’ve learned how to keep my ADHD extremely well-managed, I know it makes me better at my profession as an ADHD coach. More practical and empathetic. Since I get ADHD at a deep level, I know what’s realistic and what’s not.
My clients benefit from my real life strategies, systems, and skills. That I’ve actually used with real live people. This experience is priceless since my techniques and tools are tested, real-world strategies.
My Mess Became My Message
You see, before I trained to be an ADHD Coach in 1998, I was a professional organizer bringing clarity and productivity to some of the most disorganized business people you’d find. I figured that since I’d taught myself how to be organized, I could teach anyone! Until I was almost 30, I was the Queen of Disorganization at work and at home. Truly, I was afraid my husband would leave me because of the mess. (He didn’t. Happy ending.)
Before becoming a professional organizer in 1991, I was a business systems analyst for a major corporation. Learning how to streamline systems and increase effectiveness for the company’s Human Resources departments. These are all skills I still use with my clients today.
One of the things I’m really proud of in my story is my education. You see, like a lot of ADHD adults I had a sketchy relationship with school. Until I almost flunked out of college. Then my other ADHD trait kicked in – stubborn determination. I figured out what I need to do to focus in class, organize assignments, and concentrate while studying. Now, I’m a Magna Cum Laude graduate from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a degree in business and personnel administration.
Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to make a living helping other adults with ADHD reach their potential. Pinch me! No don’t. I’m actually pretty sensitive…