Jim Livingstone

24 January 2024

ADHD ADULTS - The Ultimate Success Guide.

Practical tips, tools and techniques.

Hello, and welcome aboard the ADHD Express.

I grew up feeling like the odd one out. Described as ‘overactive, stupid…a problem child. After forty-five years of trying to fit in, I was finally diagnosed with ADHD.

Since my diagnosis, I have spent the last twenty-five years researching and actively testing a massive amount of ADHD information.

I still don’t have all the answers, just a place to start.

I haven’t won the race because there is no finish line!

But here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…

How To Train Your ADHD Brain.

ADHD affects everyone differently and to varying degrees. For me, one of my challenges is the absurd number of ideas that constantly flash through my mind.

It is like a lion looking at the four legs of the chair, and it doesn’t act because it is confused and distracted.

I have an endless number of ideas and files on my laptop, and I struggle to keep track of what’s important and what’s a distraction. Then the challenge is finding them when I need to re-read them as my short-term memory is VERY short.

I find this helps to improve both sanity and productivity.

  • Take control of your physical and mental environment for three to five minutes.
  • Calm your mind by taking six to eight deep breaths and silently saying, “I am calm and focused.” alternatively, do light exercises like air squats or push-ups.
  • Engage all your ADHD energy to hyper-focus on a single task.
  • Set a block of time to do as much as you can on the task.
  • Be obsessed with taking action.
  • Don’t waste time prioritising, start and allow actions to be the priority.

The Benefits of Optimism

Most people with ADHD have been showered with criticism from an early age. As we fail to live up to others and our own expectations, we unknowingly become increasingly pessimistic and self-critical.

This has an adverse effect on our beliefs and self-confidence, often compounding our internal battle with ADHD.

While acknowledging the many challenges ADHD brings, optimism is about working with the positive aspects of ADHD. Some people will say there aren’t any positives, they are victims of their own negative beliefs.

Choose to be optimistic, irrespective of the battles you are fighting. The benefits are many;

  • Optimists view obstacles as temporary and believe in their ability to overcome difficulties.
  • It helps you focus on possibilities and opportunities rather than dwelling on negative aspects.
  • Optimism helps fuel motivation and drive individuals to pursue their goals with greater energy and determination.
  • Optimists often maintain a belief that their efforts will lead to successful outcomes, which can get them to take action and persist in the face of challenges.
  • They tend to have more positive and fulfilling relationships.
  • Being optimistic plays to your ADHD strengths, to seek alternative solutions, think outside the box, and approach challenges with a positive mindset.

“The pessimist criticizes, the optimist creates”. — James Clear

Feeling Psychologically Uncomfortable?

It’s knowing something isn’t right but can’t quite put your finger on the reasons.

I was angry, restless, frustrated and pissed off. I was working hard but getting nowhere close to where I wanted to be. I was on a merry-go-round but not enjoying the ride, and I couldn’t get off.

I felt that way for a long time before I was finally diagnosed with ADHD. Getting diagnosed didn’t magically solve all my problems, but it got me heading in the right direction to learn how to better manage my ADHD.

Let’s Get Comfortable

  • First, don’t ever apologise for your ADHD, ever. You didn’t choose to have it.
  • Educate yourself and learn more about ADHD, its symptoms, and strategies for managing it. Knowledge helps you understand your experiences and make informed decisions about your well-being.
  • Reach out to friends, family, or support groups who understand your challenges with ADHD. Sharing your struggles and seeking support can provide comfort and reassurance, reducing psychological discomfort.
  • Talk to a healthcare professional who specializes in ADHD. They can help determine if medication or therapy options, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or ADHD coaching, may be beneficial for managing psychological discomfort.
  • Experiment using different coping strategies to find what works best for you. This may include techniques such as systems and routines, mindfulness, meditation, exercise or deep breathing.
  • Everyone’s journey with ADHD is unique, so it’s important to find strategies and techniques that work best for you. Above all, learn to focus on your positive ADHD traits and manage the challenges.

“Working is the best thing for me because I’m borderline ADHD, so I need some kind of focus or I go a bit extreme. I need work to keep me sensible.” — Jaime Winstone

I invite you to join me on my journey of writing my next book. ADHD ADULTS – Late or No Diagnosis?

Each week, I will detail my ADHD writing challenges and results to get the chapters and content roughed out. Then start on the first manuscript draft.

I will insert a link Read more. for those interested in being involved. I just have to work out how to do that! That’s my challenge this week.

I invite you to set yourself a 7-Day Health, Wealth or Relationship Challenge. Something you have been procrastinating over. Don’t overthink it, take action. You can do almost anything for 7 days!

Can You Help?

I would love to hear your story about your late diagnosis, or if you are still waiting on getting one, and with your consent, I would like to include it in the book, newsletter, or articles.

Sharing your trials and tribulations helps everyone understand and accept we are all a bit different…together. Your privacy will be protected at all times, Click here. to share.

“Jim writes this to educate and help people understand the working of an ADD or ADHD brain in order to work with these inherent eccentricities rather than being limited or working against the biology and nature of this diagnosis”. Tony A


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Thanks for reading.

If you’ve got a second, I would love to hear your thoughts. jim@jimlivingstone.com.au

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