Jim Livingstone

19 April 2023


“The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you gain the power to change anything in your life”– Hal Elrod


Personal Power

Your personal power is increased or decreased by your choices.
Do you go for a walk, start a yoga class, hit the gym or watch Netflix?
Eat the apple or the doughnut?
Your choices are about who’s actually in control of your life. Your old patterns and habits or a better, smarter, improved version.
Your choices = your life.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Different by Design

People with ADHD are well suited for adventurous careers. An adventurous person is often seen as daring, bold, and unafraid of the unknown. Are you willing to take risks and engage in exciting, often dangerous or unpredictable activities? 

You may seek out new experiences, whether it be through travel, outdoor activities, or trying new things. Adventure can take many forms, from extreme sports like skydiving or rock climbing to exploring new cultures or starting a new business. An adventurous person is often seen as someone who embraces life and is open to new possibilities.

What frightens the **it out of some people is your perfect career. Seek experiences that make you feel alive.Being different allows you to see things from a unique perspective. It can help you approach problems and situations in a different way, leading to new and innovative solutions.

When you are different, you stand out from the crowd, which can be beneficial in many areas of life, such as in job interviews, networking events, and social situations.

Being different often means that you think outside the box, which can lead to increased creativity and originality in your work and ideas.

Being different can also lead to greater self-awareness and understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. It can help you identify your unique strengths and passions and pursue them with greater confidence and purpose.

Embracing your differences can lead to personal growth and development as you learn to accept and appreciate yourself for who you are rather than trying to conform to neurotypical expectations.

Embrace being different, think different, live different, and do different


 “I thought not fitting in was something I had to fix. Now I see it as my superpower.” – Maxime Lagacé


This week’s ADHD Challenge

Developing Patience

Impatience arises when our expectations don’t match reality.

Disclaimer first, this is not one of my strengths and while I have made some improvements, I am very much a work in progress.

I thought ageing might improve my skills. Sadly this has not been the case. I can still be impulsive, the only difference is I am aware of my behaviour.

I still feel as driven at seventy as I did when I was twenty. Is that impatience a hindrance or a gift? I chose to see it as a gift.

Like hyper-focus in a crisis situation, being impatient might save someone’s life. 

However, I do see the benefits of patience in some circumstances.

Being patient helps us to appreciate the journey and enjoy the process of achieving our goals, leading to a greater sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.

Patience can help us to remain calm and composed, even in challenging situations.

When we’re patient, we take the time to carefully consider all options before making a decision. This can result in better outcomes and fewer regrets.



  • Develop coping strategies: 
  • When you feel yourself becoming impatient, take a few deep breaths, count to 10, or take a short break to calm yourself down. 
  • Be grateful, focusing on what you’re grateful for can help shift your mindset from impatience to appreciation. 
  • Practice being aware of your emotions.
  • Switch from impatience to seeking solutions.
  • Burn off the negative energy for a positive benefit.
  • Remember, developing patience takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself (ha-ha) as you work towards cultivating this valuable virtue.

Weekly Tip

Use Time Blocks

  1. Time blocks help increase productivity, reduces stress, improves focus, increase flexibility and better use of your most precious resource; time.

    First, shut the world out for a while, go somewhere you won’t be disturbed or distracted. Next, get yourself into a relaxed and positive mindset. For two to five minutes, try some breathing techniques, listen to some calming music, meditate or do whatever works for you.

    Write down what you intend to do today and the time you can invest.

    You might have three to ten things you would like to achieve today.

    Allocate the tasks and the time in a diary, a single sheet of paper, or your mobile or desktop. Somewhere you can see it to stay on time and on task.
    • Quotes for clients 8.00 am – 10.30 am
    • Site inspections 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
    • Lunch 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
    Be self-disciplined, and don’t get distracted by thoughts popping into your head. Stay on track. Have a ‘parking space’ document where you can dump all the interrupting ideas and thoughts, knowing you can look at them later in your allocated time block for these.

    Allow some time for life’s imperfections, and don’t cram your day so full you start to self-sabotage, looking for excuses to procrastinate.

    Make sure your actions match your intentions.

    Review your performance, cross off the items and tasks you did and get ready to do it again tomorrow.


The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” 
—Michael Altshuler


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Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder


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DISCLAIMER :This newsletter is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. The content is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional help if you believe you may have Mental Health Issues. 

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