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Dispatch from ADHD Coaches Conference: Bestselling Books & DVDs

What are ADHD coaches reading/watching lately? I figure folks with ADHD would want to know. I did – so I asked the guy running the bookstore at the ADHD Coaches Organization’s 5th Annual Conference, and here are a few he mentioned:

Best-Selling ADHD Books & DVDs at the ADHD Coaches Conference

  • Laurie Dupar’s “365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD”, a new book containing 365 tips, strategies and solutions for succeeding with ADHD.
  • Wilma Fellman’s “Finding a Career that Works for You” – now in its second edition.
  • “ADHD Stole My Car Keys”, the book from the guys who brought us the breakthrough documentary, “ADD and Loving It?!”
  • “Permission to Proceed”, the new book from David Giwerc, president and founder of the ADD Coaches Academy. A very enjoyable and enlightening read, by the way.
  • And last but not least…ADD Crusher™ Video I. That’s right – one of the top selling items at the conference was Crusher’s own game-changing video…

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What’s More Fun Than a Barrel of ADHD Coaches?

Not much. An ADHD coaches’ gathering is pure fun. Think about it: it’s mostly ADDers who’ve crushed their own ADHD enough to be able to help others crush theirs. People who are seekers and sharers of ADD-crushing wisdom. People united by one mission: help other people. Not to mention, a crapload of left-handed people!! That’s a great recipe.

It Ended Over a Week Ago, But It’s Sticking With Me

In closing this series of dispatches from the ADHD Coaches conference, I have to tip my hat to the attendees for welcoming me so warmly and embracing the ADD Crusher™ concept. With special thanks to Laurie Dupar (coachingforadhd.com) for inviting me in the first place. If you ever need a reminder that ADHD is in many ways a gift, stop by an ADHD coach conference – a lot of gifted, fun, cool people who want nothing more than to help other ADDers. Makes for a great cocktail hour also, by the way.

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

 

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The Impact of ImpactADHD

One of the benefits of ADD Crusher™ is that it’s in a way the closest you can get to having your own ADHD coach. Ideally, everyone would have their own ADHD coach – the people who often work miracles for us adult ADDers. Alas, it does cost money.

Making Coaching Affordable

Luckily there’s ADD Crusher™, AND there are people like Diane Dempster and Elaine Taylor-Klaus, who created ImpactADHD, a resource for parents of kids with ADHD – and for parents with ADHD, including affordable group coaching. And they have designated the month of April 2012 to be…

Power of the Parent Month

They will be providing quality programming, inspiring elucidating conversations, and offering parents of ADHD kids new confidence – and power. Here are two their free teleclasses for April:

• Less Chaos More Calm, with Elaine Taylor-Klaus; Friday April 13, 2012 at 12:30pm.

• Organizing 101– How to C.O.P.E. with Clutter, with Elise Marinos; Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 12:30pm

Each class offers a chance to explore a topic in greater depth and develop a personal plan of action. Please share with those you think would benefit.

Coaches’ Club

They also have a Coaches’ Club where, for a modest fee, you can get great group coaching twice a week. Here are some deatails on that:

• Coaches’ Club Members participate in weekly coach-led group phone sessions, providing strategies, tools and coaching support.

• Coaches Club Groups Meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:00pm EDT

• April Topics: Picking Your Battles, Button Pushing

• April’s Special: ?1 Free Private Coaching Session ?when you join Coaches’ Club

Hope you check them out and reap the benefits…

-Alan

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P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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How Crusher Started (or, The Trouble with Books)

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ADD Crusher™ really started the day I was diagnosed – which came well into adulthood – nearly 15 years ago. Leaving Dr. Ira Bergman’s office after being described as “a classic case”, I headed straight to the bookstore so I could dive into an understanding of and fixes for this thing called ADD.

ADHD Books Are Great – If You Love Reading

And I found loads of books – more than I had expected to find, in fact. And lots specific to ADULT attention deficit disorder. But one thing was common to almost all the books I leafed through: lots of pages, lots of text, zero pictures…zero user-friendliness, in my book, anyway (no pun intended).

Now, let’s not gloss over the fact that some of the greatest advances in society’s understanding and grappling with ADHD have come thanks to the many great books written to date: Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?, and many others that have shined a light, opened a door and improved a part of life for so many of us.

The Future of ADHD Books

But here’s what Crusher’s gonna do one of these days – and pretty soon, if I have my way…We’re gonna bust out with an iPad app that brings all the elements of ADD Crusher™ together into one medium – Video, Audio Companion, Toolkit, mobile app, etc. In other words, we’re gonna make a “book” that is so alive, it’ll knock your hat off your head – and provide a very cool and effective tool for people who want to CRUSH.

Stay tuned.

-Crusher

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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ADD Talents: Positives that Come with Attention Issues

I mentioned ADHD career counselor Wilma Fellman in an earlier blog post because her book was among the best-sellers at the ADHD Coaches Organization Conference earlier this year. In that blog, I noted that whatever ADHD coaches are reading or watching, it must be relevant for the rest of us (so, um, I also mentioned that ADD Crusher ™ Video I was among those bestsellers).

Her name came up again recently in an interview with Jeff Copper of Attention Talk Radio. They discuss how “ADD positives”m or ADD talents, emerge in the attention circles, but usually not in a practical way – a way that allows us to bring the talents that may stem from attention issues to the fore of our mind, our resume, and most of all, to our plans for what to do with our lives in the world of work.

In Way 10 of ADD Crusher™ Video II, there’s a strategy called “Get Lateral”, which means to start thinking of your adult ADHD self as a “lateral thinking, creative problem-solver.” It is widely accepted that one of the primary ADD positives is creativity.

I won’t get into the nuts and bolts of the strategy here, but suffice to say, it’s one way we ADDers can identify a strength that can be marketed – albeit a very generalized one.

In fact, it’s too generalized. Wilma says we need to do a better job of identifying what you like/are good at. Not just “I like animals so I guess I’ll be a vet”. It’s what you do better than the average bear. What lights you up when you do it. An innate ability that you can polish so that you’re more marketable.

Importantly, in thinking about your unique talents, she says, “Don’t start by ruling things out – start by ruling things IN.” And for my dollar, the place to start is on the RIGHT side of our ADHD brain, where non-linear thinking is done (love the Mercedes-Benz print ad, below!). Work the ADD positives, while working on the attention struggles that make life and relationships harder.

Anyway, check out the interview of Wilma Fellman and as you listen, give some real thought to the issues she raises about how to think about your talents, your ideal place in the world and your happiness where you are.

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(…and forgive the use of a Mercedes-Benz ad as illustration, but it does kinda nail where our talents often lie, i.e., NOT on the left side of the brain!)

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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Leveraging Neurotransmitters as Natural Remedy for ADHD

Any ADDer worth his or her salt has heard of neurotransmitters – and has at least some inkling of what they do. And most of us might even be able to name one or two of the key neurotransmitters that come into play in our ADHD brains. But I bet few of us could describe their unique functions – let alone know any alternative ADHD solutions built around them. One ADHD expert, coach Linda Roggli, a.k.a. the ADDiva, found this lack of full awareness so common among her clients that she took to giving them nicknames for easier remembering. (Check out her interview on Attention Talk Radio if you want to hear her neat trick – and a great interview.)

In today’s Crusher Blog, I’ll do a quick summary of the neurotransmitters we should keep track of, and offer a few alternative solutions so that when you put your chosen natural cures for ADD into action, you’ll understand better what’s going on and be more likely to stick to your plan.

The Three Neurotransmitters the ADHD Adult Needs to Befriend

There are three neurotransmitters of importance to the adult with ADHD. Here they are with brief explanation of their role:

1. Norepinephrine is a stress hormone that, in its role as a neurotransmitter, affects key parts of the brain associated with attention and response, among other things. As such, it plays a key role in the ADHD brain. Some medications, Strattera for one, is designed to help with norepenephrine levels.

2. Serotonin is found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract (yep, your gut) and the central nervous system – and is widely believed to contribute to one’s feeling of happiness and well-being. And it’s also related to tryptophan, that chemical that in certain foods helps us with sleep.

3. Dopamine is the All-Star of neurotransmitters, if you ask me. It’s responsible for motivation (or reward-based behavior), though that can be for good or for not-so-good purposes. As you may know, dopamine’s the thing that some drugs jacks up and makes you seek more of in addiction. But if its powers are harnessed for good – such as I describe in Video I, Way 2: Get a Nagging Desire – it can chage your life on both a daily and long-term basis. Dopamine also has a key role in working memory, attention and congnitive function – hence, the All-Star player among the three.

Find Your Own Natural Cures for ADD by Understanding and Leveraging Your Neurotransmitters

Now, as I’ve said many times before, awareness alone can be a powerful alternative ADHD solution. So knowing about these powerful agents in our minds is great. But we can go beyond the awareness to putting these three guys to work for us. Here are a few ways:

Exercise …Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey puts it simply: “Exercise stimulates a brain chemical that acts like Miracle-Gro for the brain.” When you exercise you’re giving your brain a jump-start. When your blood gets pumping your brain releases important chemicals that help crush your ADD. Exercise increases the neurotransmitter chemicals regulating the attention system. And regular exercise also helps improve our mood and our attitude. Get at least 20 minutes of cardio — running, brisk walking, cycling – if you really want to feel a difference. Exercise is one of the best natural cures for ADD, because it stimulates the health-promoting chemicals our bodies produce naturally.
Diet …Protein triggers alertness-inducing neurotransmitters that help you focus. Get quality protein from fish, lean meat, beans, dairy and protein drinks or powders.

Diet can affect serotonin levels, and certain serotonin-boosting foods that may help in this effort are dates, bananas and papayas.

And as mentioned, serotonin’s helpful in sleep: If you have a protein snack – like cottage cheese – a couple hours before bed, the L-tryptophan helps your melatonin and serotonin production.

Self-Motivation …Dr. Russell Barkley tells us that we ADDers are weak in the frontolimbic circuit, which is the center of self-motivation, “where you think about your goals, and it actually motivates you.” He says that WE seem to LACK the ability to engage in a self-disciplined, persistent course toward our goals – unless there’s some looming threat or other incentive. But we can confound that handicap by having strong desires that trigger dopamine production via emotion. As mentioned above, Nagging Desires can fuel that emotion. Watch a snippet of what I mean.

Our ADHD tribe has unique brain wiring, and a unique relationship therefore with these and other neurotranmitters. But a tribe we are, and together we can figure out some ofthe best natural cures for ADD. The more we understand our bodies’ particular chemistry, the better our treatments will work. Like so many unlikely ADD heroes, these chemicals can truly be alternative remedies for our adult ADHD. Know ’em. Put ’em to work for you!!!

-Crusher

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P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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5 Alternative ADD Treatments that DON’T Come in a Bottle

In a previous blog, I shared some interesting bits on meds that I theretofore just plain didn’t know. Some of the facts hopefully flipped on a light bulb of insight for some readers, too. Now, I enter into an area where I DO know a good deal, cuz it’s been a driving force behind my own mess-to-success story since the day of my adult ADHD diagnosis: alternative ADHD treatments.

First a statement: Medication is a potentially powerful part of an ADD-crushing plan. Crusher doesn’t take sides in the meds-are-good vs. meds-are-evil debate. I believe every ADHD adult should deploy every tool at one’s disposal – so long as it works and doesn’t somehow screw with wellbeing or health. And those tools should DEFINITELY extend BEYOND medication. As they say, “Pills don’t teach skills!”

Top 5 Alternative ADHD Treatments and Solutions I Use

So with that, here’s a list of the non-medication alternative ADHD treatments that help me most on a day-to-day basis. And importantly, most of this stuff is FREEEEEEEE. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s a good overview, with some links to additional info:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): For those not familiar with the term, ‘cognitive’ refers to how we think about things…’behavioral’ is how that thinking translates into our actions…and ‘therapy’ is the addressing of those thoughts and related behaviors. Now, CBT needn’t involve an actual therapist, though it can – and sometimes should. But I’ve made tremendous productivity, wellbeing and happiness advances by “treating” myself. One big way I did this was to change the way I view my ‘failures’ and successes. Negative self-talk is deadly when it comes to undercutting our potential success – and worse, depression and anxiety are greatly influenced by our negative perceptions. (I teach steps to a new mindset in Video II, Way 9: Score Your Successes.)
  2. Mindfulness: Related to CBT is simply being mindful. This is a broad area of alternative ADHD solutions, but the primary focus of mindfulness for me is knowing what stuff is whirling around in your noggin, recognizing your thoughts’ meaning and relevance, and ultimately, being able to prioritize those thoughts (also, see the quote below). I’ve blogged on this at Jennifer Koretsky’s ADDManagement.com. And if you’ve any doubts about the power of simply being more mindful of your thoughts and related emotions, get hip to neuroplasticity. This is the ability of the brain to change based on what you’re paying attention to – how the brain actually PHYSICALLY changes and adapts to alter certain brain deficits.
  3. Meditation: Don’t be put off by this woo-woo word. (Is woo-woo a word? It is now folks.) Anyway, I meditate throughout the day – not by sitting on a bed of nails and murmuring, but by simply quieting my mind – which is EASY once you are MINDFUL of what’s inside it (see above!). I call it “Shut-up-a-you-mind. And it can power up your mind in just a few minutes. More about that on the Crusher YouTube channel and in Video I, Way 3.
  4. Coaching: Try even a few sessions with an ADHD coach and chances are you’ll get more than my money’s worth. And now, group coaching is sprouting up more and more, making coaching more accessible and affordable. Give it a try. Is there a better way to stay on top of alternative ADHD treatments than having a coach and support staff remind you of them on a weekly basis?
  5. Proper Diet, Exercise and Sleep: OK, I know – “Booooorrriiiiing”. But I gotta beat a dead horse here, cuz you’ve probably heard my mantra that “If you’re eating a donut for breakfast, your kicking your own ass down the street!” These three things are the most POWERFUL and FUNDAMENTAL of all, in my view. The YouTube channel and Video I, Way 1: Feed Your Brain have the basics on this topic, as does this link on ADD diet tips.

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A Note on Supplements as Natural ADHD Remedy

This is where things get tricky. I won’t go into any detail here other than to say two things. First, the only supplements I use are ones that are research-based, no-BS brain helpers, easily remembered as ZIMB6. Zinc, Iron, Magnesium and B6. Get some quality supplements and take ’em every day in keeping with the recommended daily allowances. Second thing on supplements is: Beware any claims  about a natural ADHD remedy that sound too good to be true. Research the crap out of supplements, herbals, etc., that 9 times out of 10, are…crap.

There are many other alternative ADHD treatments, remedies and solutions, but these are my mainstays. I’ll write some more down the road about others, some of which I’ve yet to try, like neurofeedback.

El Crushito!

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

 

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Adult ADHD and Sleep Poblems: End the Nightmare

As we head back to school and work, and supposedly get back into our routines and daily “rhythms” – there’s one routine/rhythm we adult ADD’ers never seem able to dance to. Sleep. Research indicates that ADHD sufferers are more likely to have sleep abnormalities, a harder time getting to sleep – and a harder time staying awake during the day, especially if we are not being sufficiently stimulated – which we, um, rarely are. And getting less sleep than non-ADDers adds to an already overwhelmed and scattered mind, for a bucketful of bad brain – not something we want to carry into the study hall or the conference room.

Everybody’s Talking About Sleep as ADHD Alternative Treatment

A few things conspired to make this topic a must-write-about-now…First, ADDitude magazine did a quick-tips article on it…Then I heard a piece on NPR about sleep and study habits…And then, sure enough Attention Talk Radio had an archived show about ADHD and sleep with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. of Harvard Medical School. Mr. Know-It-All (in a good way).

I’ll offload a few natural remedies/strategies in a moment. But first, let’s make sure we know the extent of the problem here:

· Simply put, it exascerbates our ADHD symptoms, including inattention, hyperactivity, moodiness…irritability.

· It decimates performance: Just 1 hour of sleep loss 3 nights in a row significantly affects performance on tests. Assume ditto decimation for us in the workplace.

· Insufficient sleep lowers metabolism, increases appetite and thereby makes us more susceptible to weight gain/obesity. Sleep deprivation cranks up a hormone called lectin, which holds on to body fat.

· Oh – and sleep problems can be SO severe as to actually impersonate ADHD and result in an incorrect diagnosis of ADD. So, um, maybe I’m not…Nah. I am.

The scientists haven’t figured out exactly why, but we ADHD adults typically have a hard time slowing down our brain at night, which is a key for falling asleep. And then, we’re more likely to have restless leg syndrome, sleep-walking and -talking. We’re even hyperactive sleepers, people! Not a happy contrast with the JOYS of sleep and its fabulous rewards of clarity, contentment and sanity.

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Some Natural ADHD Remedies for Crappy Sleepers

When other people are winding down and feeling sleepy, we ADDers are starting to wind UP! Our circadian ryhtms are programmed differently, so instead of winding down at 10p, we’re firing up a bunch of thoughts, worries, ideas, etc. It’s OK, there’s hope. InVideo I, Way 1: Feed Your Brain, I lay out four simple sleep helpers, which are mixed in below with a few more good ones…

1. No Media 1+ Hours Before Bed: UNPLUG!!! Get off of media earlier in the evening – at least 1-2 hours. Might be hard, but think of it this way: the add brain is like a lawn mower and has momentum making it difficult to just shut it off. PLUS, research shows that the rays emitted from e-devices tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime.

2. Medication Conservation: While some claim that their stimulant meds actually help them get to sleep (perhaps by allowing them to focus their mind on falling asleep), we have to remember what meds might still be swimming around in our veins from the day time. For instance, I don’t use sustained-release meds for this reason. When I’m done working, I want to be done chirping.

3. A Visit from the Protein/Dairy Fairy: Get a little sprinkle of serotonin and melotonin from cottage cheese or warm milk before bed.

4. Get the Caffeinne Out: Even small amounts – even early in the day – can affect our ability to fall asleep. You don’t have to go decaf, but know that I won’t judge you if you do (I do a 5-shot decaf latte, and I’m proud).

5. Get Tested: If you’re waking up in the morning and feeling tired or like you never slept, you should absolutely check for snoring/sleep apnea – not breathing in enough oxygen. But even if that’s not the issue, only a professional sleep test can give you reliable data on something correctable like a breathing issue.

6. Make Bedtime Routine a Routine: You have to train your brain to know it’s time…to…wind…down. Change into bed clothes earlier. Turn down lights earlier. Take a quick bath. Turn on some ambient/white noise. Whatever the routine…do it routinely…every night.

7. Set a Bedtime Alarm: That’s right – set an alarm for the same time every evening that reminds you it’s time to shut the TV…laptop…knitting bag…book.

I regard sleep as absolutely foundational. And I’m more convinced of it after this recent batch of reading/listening. Foundational because every other alternative ADHD treatment or solution you put into play will have exponentially more impact if it’s done on top of a better night’s sleep. Now, go to your room!

-Crusher

P.S. If this blog post was of even modest interest to you…then you’ll go freakin’ crazy for ADD Crusher™ Videos & Tools. Give them a look-see. Try ’em. No like? Money back. -ab

 

P.P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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The Final 4 Things You Do Every Day That Make Your ADHD Symptoms Worse

A recent guest blog I did on Carol Gignoux’s LiveADHDFree.com hit on a recurring Crusher theme: things ADDers do every day – wittingly or unwittingly – that make our ADHD worse. Then, just last week, I did another on Andrea Nordstrom’s The Art of ADD blog, called Three MORE Things You’re Doing that Make Your ADHD Worse!

With a long list of such items I regularly write about, present on, and teach in the ADD Crusher™ videos, I figured I’d blog a few more. Herewith, The final FOUR things you’re doing every day that make your ADHD symptoms worse (along with their natural ADD remedies!)…

 

WORRYING

As one sage put it, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strengths.” Indeed, mental fatigue is caused less by work than by worry, frustration and resentment.

Moreover, creativity and problem-solving are stifled when the mind spins on negatives. Another sage said, “Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.” And what you DON’T want is to make your ADHD worse. What you WANT is the mental clarity that comes with peace of mind. And there are ADD-friendly ways to achieve it, starting with the simplest type of meditation: observing your inner dialogue, which is cluttered in large part by needless worry…and telling it to shut up.

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SPINNING ON BS

Like worry, there are a bunch of other energy-burners going on in our inner dialogue that we should live without – or at least with less of.

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Choose the NON-BS counterpart from the following pairs to reduce your stress and up your productivity:

  • Future vs Past: Thoughts of the past are mostly re-hashing stuff you can’t change – so classify them as such and switch into future-oriented, “here’s-how-I’ll-do-it-differently-next-time” mode!
  • Positive vs Negative: When you have a negative thought – about yourself, a situation or another person, LABEL it as such and move on to something else, or at least shift to a positive spin on it.
  • Big vs Small: We are so often getting dragged down a rabbit hole by some small thing that burns energy like a big thing! If spinning on something, ask yourself if it’s worthy.
  • Relevant vs Titillating: Titillating thoughts are the ADDer’s bane, taking us away from relevant tasks and from finishing things. Label titillating stuff as BS THAT YOU’RE NOT DOING NOW.

In sum: stop dwelling and start propelling. Filter some of this BS out to move away from mind FULL to mindful.

 

BEATING YOURSELF UP

We ADDers are masters at acknowledging and remembering past failures, and terrible at acknowledging successes. It’s like failures have triple weight. You succeed 3 times and fail once but that one failure weighs in your mind more than the 3 successes.

We have to stop beating ourselves up by dwelling on foibles, and celebrate even little successes. Some tips:

  • Just be aware of negative self talk. When you catch yourself on a negative, label it as BS and move on.
  • Don’t take others’ comments and leering looks too seriously.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Know the two Realities of Success. First, “Success is 99% failure.” Second, that success is not just the COMPLETION of a tough task, but any effort TOWARD completion.

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So, celebrate every effort no matter how small, knowing that the path to success ain’t no straight line.

 

PSYCHING YOURSELF OUT

Way 7 in ADD Crusher™ Video II is called, “Attack the Tough Stuff Now.” It deals with procrastination, and could have been called, “Quit Psyching Yourself Out!” because every procrastinator is a self-psycher-outer, mostly with fear.

A prominent coach said, “If we doubted our fears instead of doubting our dreams, imagine how much in life we’d accomplish.” And look at some common day-to-day to-do list fears, things that are painful to even think about…calling a client with bad news, or a teacher you think will HAVE bad news, going to DMV, etc.

But how painful ARE these things vs actual pain — like when the dentist drills too deep? There’s no REAL pain, is there? You’re thus paralyzed by fear of imaginary pain. So, when it comes to tasks you fear for any reason, start doubting your fears and stop psyching yourself out.

 

There ya go. The final four things that, if reduced even modestly, would make your ADHD more manageable.

Bless!

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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Practical “Zen” Brain Hacks for Greater Peace and Productivity

If everybody in the world could do with a little more Zen, then we ADDers could use a triple scoop, no? Think about frustrations that drive us ADDers nuts daily:

· I’m in a constant state of overwhelm!

· I never have enough time…always feel it’s running out!

· My to-do list is a monster…and I can’t prioritize!

· I can’t get motivated to start, let alone finish, projects!

Let’s add to that the well-researched emotions of the ADDer. The emotional impulsiveness, impatience, being easily frustrated, overreacting, losing our temper, etc. These all have one thing in common: they’re driven in part by our mind’s – or inner voice’s – interpretation. And therefore, can be reduced by managing that voice…

[This is a guest blog I did for Bryan Hutchinson’s ADDerWorld. To continue reading, go to http://bit.ly/13J73Cc. Enjoy!]

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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5 Reasons We ADDers MUST Love What We Do

Today’s Crusher blog is written by Shell Mendelson, MS, a career coach and counselor specializing in helping ADDers get out of their career ruts by following their passion. With over 20 years’ experience in ADHD and career counseling and coaching, consider contacting her atshell@passiontocareer.com and at www.passiontocareer.com.

As an ADDer, you’ve probably experienced some (or many) of the repercussions of having a job that is wrong or a very poor fit for you.

Have you beaten yourself up because you just couldn’t learn job tasks quickly enough, couldn’t remember significant portions of your job description, or made almost ridiculous mistakes because you were not paying attention? Or taken extra long breaks because you were bored out of your mind? Or perhaps…

  • Are you missing deadlines?
  • Taking work home that could have been completed during the workday?
  • Waking up each morning dreading the thought of one more day in this miserable job?
  • Or, saying to yourself, “Today, I am going to do a great job…try, try, try…NOT!

These are only a few of the symptoms of wrong livelihood!

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You also know, as an ADDer, that you can focus for hours when you find something that you enjoy doing. And, in fact, many of the typical symptoms magically disappear when we are hyper-focused. This applies to the work you do as well. In fact, we must love the work we do, or at least like it very much, or risk serious repercussions that can impact every area of our lives.

Here’s the very good news. We are lucky. We are indeed a fortunate tribe. Why? Because other people, and I’ve met them, can stay in soul-sucking jobs and make due until retirement. Then what do you think happens? They either die in their Winnebago’s or on their retirement trip to Europe, or they contract some horrific disease and spend their precious retirement suffering. You see, there is no happy ending to a miserable journey.

 

Oh, I forgot about the good news! Here it is – we MUST do what we love for a living for these reasons:

1. When we’re in the right job, career or business, many, if not most of our ADD characteristics become much more manageable. Additionally, because we are motivated, we tend to want to do something about managing them. We are fueled to find solutions and do our best.

2. Doing what we love means our relationships improve. This includes those with co-workers, bosses and who we serve (customers, clients, etc). It also includes family members and friends who receive the benefit of a happier person. There is a world of difference between feeling confident and feeling beaten because you aren’t performing your tasks well, in addition to just being miserable, and how that impacts those around you.

3. When we enjoy our work for at least 80% of the workday, the chances of remaining in one place increase many times over – at least until the next easy and best opportunity to transition comes along. We may have a tendency to job hop or unconsciously sabotage the work so that we get fired. Isn’t this far preferable to job hopping and getting fired.

4. When we love the work we do, it is far less challenging to process the information and connect to job tasks. Translation: you do a much better job because you are optimistic, interested, focused and aligned with the mission of your company and/or your business. There is also far more opportunity to get recognition for excellence in your work.

5. When we love our work, we are providing a real service to our customers/clients, co-workers, managers, supervisors and the world. Having a sense of purpose is key for us ADDers. It can literally change everything. Discovering what that purpose is can be tricky if not easily identified.

That’s where help comes in. It is ok to get help to discover your authentic career or business direction, particularly if it leads to the discovery of what has been inside you all along!

-Alan

P.S.  If you haven’t yet heard of www.CrusherTV.com, I hope you’ll check it out. Each Monday night at 10pm we “air” another episode chock full of useful productivity tips and “brain hacks”, and our Guest Experts provide more great ideas. Tons of other benefits for members, including free group coaching sessions. Hope to “see” you there!  – Team Crusher

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