When it comes to getting stuff done, I'm the best at it … Just as long as I'm interested in the activity. It's difficult, and I mean painfully difficult for me to focus on a subject that I don't care for, and this has resulted in endless amounts of procrastination and road blocks throughout my life.
At first, I had no idea I was ADHD, and although I sensed there was something terribly wrong, I just believed that I was lazy and slightly eccentric... and egocentric also comes to mind. But, the reality is that my brain produces less dopamine than the neurotypical brains, and for this reason, I need loads of stimulation in order to get something done. Obviously, when the activity is something I'm interested in, my dopamine levels rise, and I'm ready for work. However, when the activity is for example: helping my partner pack up the house because we are moving in a week … my dopamine receptors drop, and I end up writing a blog post explaining why I'm procrastinating in order to procrastinate.
It's funny... until it's not. My entire house needs to be packed in a week, I have loads of items that I need to box up and donate, and I still can't manage to move.
Yes, I take medication for my ADHD, but unfortunately, ADHD medication doesn't fix years of bad coping skills. This is fixed with coaching or therapy. In my case, I chose a coach, because although I am a coach myself, I cannot "coach" … myself. Regardless of who you are and what you know, you need someone that holds you accountable. This is exactly what I aim to do with my coach.
By having someone that can help me develop the skills I need to excel in spite of my diagnosis, I will be able to be a better version of myself.
Don't hesitate in finding the help you need in order to succeed. There are plenty of people out there who know techniques and savvy ways around just about anything. Also, if you're ADHD as well, STOP calling yourself lazy; you're not. I'm yet to meet someone who does something they love with as much persistence as someone who is ADHD.
It is about learning loopholes around your diagnosis; this is how you win. Learning to cope instead of allowing your diagnosis to run your life is essential.
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