Jim Livingstone

30 August 2023

 

“You can have a plan, but you have to be flexible. Every day is unpredictable, and you just have to go with the flow”. – Jane Krakowski

 

Personal Power

Your personal power provides the resilience and determination to overcome your obstacles and challenges

It empowers you to face your fears, adapt to change, and persevere in the face of adversity.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

 

Your ADHD Flexibility 

Life is full of uncertainties, and being flexible enables you to adjust your plans when things don’t go as expected.

A flexible mindset opens you up to new opportunities. It enables us to explore different avenues, take on new challenges, and pursue alternate paths when needed.

Your flexibility helps you deal with change. It allows you to step outside your comfort zone, try new things, and learn from your experiences. 

Flexibility is essential for your personal growth.

This week’s ADHD Challenge

 

Self-Confidence

Your self-confidence is the result of your upbringing and environment.
If you were constantly criticised for your ‘different’ behaviour from family, teachers and other neurotypicals, chances are your self-confidence is low.
 
The good news is that self-confidence is an internal game and totally under your control. As they say, it’s all in your head. And it is.
 
Don’t link your self-confidence to your career, possessions, achievements, how you look or what other people think of you. This is a solo mental activity.

 

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Solutions

  • Self-confidence starts with keeping the promises you make to yourself. Don’t underestimate the importance of honouring self-promises.
  • Challenge any negative thoughts that hold you back. Replace them with positive, realistic, and empowering thoughts.
  • Acknowledge your achievements and remind yourself of your capabilities and past successes.
  • Focus on your strengths and value your ‘different’ qualities.
  • Invest in your personal and professional development, learn new skills, and gain expertise in areas that interest you.
  • Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Accept that no one is perfect and that mistakes are a natural part of learning.
  • Be gentle with yourself and practice self-compassion during challenging times.

Weekly Tip

Replacing a Bad Habit

First, nominate a habit that isn’t in your best interest. Sooo many to pick from – lol. Just select the one that will have the biggest positive impact on your life. (Me, binge eating high sugar sweets and carbs on my free day. Moderation is not one of my strengths!)

Look for the triggers, situations, thoughts or emotions that lead to your bad habit. (Me, stress, end of my official working week, I need to unwind and chase dopamine.)

Define one new habit you want to cultivate and set specific and realistic goals. Make your new habit simple, black and white. Either yes, you did change the habit, or no, you didn’t. Don’t bullsh*t yourself. (Me, count my calories for the day and not exceed 2,000 calories. Eat only no added sugar foods.)

Reward yourself with something different and beneficial. Think about what you will gain by building this new habit, instead of thinking about what you are losing! (Me, take my dogs for a walk or spend some quiet time reflecting on all the positive short and long-term benefits of my new habit.)

 

“Develop the habit to practise self-care over self-indulgence”– Jim Livingstone

 

About my book notes.
 

I have read over 500+ books since 1992. Unfortunately, my limited ADHD memory means I forget most of it within a week or two!

I started keeping notes of interest on Word docs for later reference, and I am using these notes as the basis of what I present here.

When I’m reading and come across an inspiring idea or something that I haven’t heard before, or something I want to try, I save it.

That’s all my notes are. I’m not summarizing the book. I’m just saving useful ideas for later recall and use.

For your FREE copy of My Book Notes, www.jimlivingstone.com.au/adhd-resources/book-notes/

Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder

#ADHDaddults

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Email: jim@adhdaddults.com
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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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