Are These Puzzling Clues Trying To Get Your Attention?

Solving the mystery of inconsistency

You see clues but don’t know what they’re pointing toward.

  • You have lists and lists and forget to use them.
  • Late seems to be your middle name.
  • It takes hours to settle into a project.
  • Paperwork is everywhere.
  • You’re distracted by things no one else notices.
  • Patience is someone else’s virtue.
  • Fire, aim, ready sounds familiar.

You know you’re trying your hardest, and things are still not working well.

I prefer to call it Attention Diffused Differently.

It’s not a choice or an excuse. It is a reason.

Is it a threat or not?

It’s the way you’re wired, and there are creditable theories that diffused attention may have kept us from being eaten by advancing tigers.

In the industrialized world, though, ADD can pose significant problems.

Their system doesn’t work for you.

However, that doesn’t make our industrialized world wrong. Think of the positives. Large-scale systems create products and services that could not be possible in pre-industrial times. Cars, electronics, and financial systems are just a few.

People that have inconsistent focus also have places in industry.

Fields like design require broadly scanning horizons for new ideas and the brainpower to recognize their value. How many times have you thought, “That’s brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?”

We’re not going to change the world to a new way of working. But we can accommodate those that struggle.

6 things we can all do to support those with ADD and similar challenges.

2- Identify it by taking freely available screening quizzes and share them with those around you.

3- Stop trying harder to do what you’re not great at. Build on what’s working for you and get help with what’s not. Coaching helps with this.

4- Change what goes into your body and how you use your body. Assists like medication, meditation, high-quality nutrition, and physical movement can change the way your brain works by providing missing neurotransmitters and creating new connections.

5- Learn different ways to master the details of your daily life. Join Mastery Made Simple classes like Understanding Chronic Disorganization and How to Organize Your Paperwork Like A Pro.

6- Find consistent support. It takes a village to raise a child. For adults, it’s a success team. It can be challenging to find good people who understand what you need, but stay with it until you do. Once people know you and your life, they can help bring out your strengths, help you with your weaknesses, and see you for the bright valuable person you are.

Your success team might include

  • Compassionate family members who will share tasks
  • Interested workplace associates that can create ways to accommodate your uniquely sparkling thought process
  • Individual and relationship therapists to dismantle habits that don’t serve you
  • Medical providers for pharmaceutical support if needed
  • Home maintenance services
  • Bookkeeping and administrative task support
  • Professional organizers to move your stuff into order regularly or occasionally
  • Financial advisors that keep you on an excellent fiscal path
  • Coaches that understand ADD help you plan and stay on track, work with you to stay motivated, reduce self-sabotage, brainstorm improvements, maybe most importantly, celebrate your successes with you.

The clues are trying to get your attention. Follow them.



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Leslie Robison

20+ years a personal mastery coach and pro organizer. I help you find your path and stay on it — and enjoy the side trips too. ADD?