Jim Livingstone

26 April 2023


“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path”


Personal Power

Personal power is being comfortable in your own skin, believing what you believe, and confidently saying your own opinions while being able to respect and honour others without feeling threatened.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Embrace the Wild Weather

Your life is shaped by the meaning you give the events in your life.

A wild storm can cause damage to people, livestock and property.

At the same time, it clears away debris and refreshes the earth.

This cycle has gone on for millions of years.

Use your ADHD mind to help others in need, and to create something positive from a challenging situation.

This week’s ADHD Challenge

Assessing Risk


“To live a life of excellence, you will have to take smart risks”. – Jim Livingstone


I wanted to develop a healthy carbonated protein drink. One that was actually good for you without all the crap.

I called it Xrcise Fuel. Imported and manufactured equipment to produce and bottle our drink.

We sold it to a variety of gyms, Crossfit boxes, and small retailers, but struggled to break into the mainstream retailers.

Long shorty short, after three years and millions of dollars, we lost everything we had worked hard to accumulate over twenty years – gone!

Great idea, great execution, great product, shocking marketing!

I was high on the dopamine of the challenge, and it never occurred to me that I could fail. I was also not taking my medication!


Don’t make the same mistake. 
•    Learn to weigh up the risks versus the rewards. 
•    There could be financial risks, safety risks, legal risks and personal risks
•    Consider your own comfort level and how it aligns with the potential risks and rewards.
•    Check the potential impact on your family
•    Compare the value of the risks and rewards to determine if the potential rewards outweigh the        risks.
•    Don’t risk everything. Have something left so you can start again.
•    Double the time you think it will take.
•    Seek advice from other successful ADHDers in similar industries or careers.

Overall, assessing risks versus rewards involves a thoughtful and objective and unemotional analysis of the potential outcomes of a decision. This was not a strength of my ADHD executive function.

Weekly Tip

Overcoming Setbacks

Setbacks are an inevitable part of life, and it’s important to learn how to overcome them so that they don’t hold you back from achieving your goals. Here are some steps you can take to overcome setbacks:

1.  Acknowledge and accept the setback: This means recognizing what happened, and accepting that it’s part of the journey towards your goals.

2.  Identify the cause: Take some time to identify the cause of the setback. Was it something within your control or outside of your control? This will help you identify what you can do differently next time to avoid similar setbacks.

3.  Reframe your mindset: Instead of focusing on what went wrong, focus on what you can learn from the setback, and how it can help you grow and become stronger.

4.  Develop a plan of action: This could involve trying a different approach, seeking advice from others, or seeking out additional resources to help you.

5.  Take action: Finally, take action and implement your plan. This may involve stepping outside of your comfort zone, taking calculated risks, and staying committed to your goals.


“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. – Roger Crawford.


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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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