Jim Livingstone

10 May 2023


“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” — Tina Fey


Personal Power

Your personal power is linked to qualities such as self-awareness, self-esteem, resilience, and assertiveness. 

It is a sense of inner strength and confidence that comes from knowing oneself and one’s abilities, and being able to use those abilities effectively to achieve personal goals, as well as to positively impact others.

It can be developed through various means, such as education, experience, and self-reflection, and is a valuable resource for ADHD individuals seeking to achieve personal growth and success in various aspects of life. 

This week’s ADHD Advantage

You Think Differently

Thinking differently can help generate new ideas and perspectives, leading to innovation and creative problem-solving.

By considering multiple viewpoints and alternatives, thinking differently can help you make more informed and effective decisions.

Thinking differently can help you be more adaptable and flexible in the face of change, as you are open to considering alternative approaches and strategies.

Thinking differently can expose you to new ideas, concepts, and perspectives, which can help you learn and grow in new ways.

By considering different perspectives and experiences, thinking differently can help you develop greater empathy and understanding for others.

Thinking differently can help you challenge your beliefs and limitations, leading to a greater sense of personal development and fulfillment.

By thinking differently can help you identify and address problems in new and innovative ways, leading to more effective solutions.

Overall, thinking differently can provide a range of benefits that can help you succeed personally and professionally, while also contributing to a more dynamic and innovative society.

Use your great ADHD gift of being and thinking differently.

This week’s ADHD Challenge

Getting Started

Why is it hard to start?
One of the main reasons is a lack of motivation. If you don’t feel motivated to do the task, it can be hard to find the energy and focus to get started.

Low dopamine levels produce feelings of tiredness and boredom. Your ADHD brain will be looking for any excuse to chase down some dopamine.

Another reason is feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about how to approach the task. This can lead to procrastination as you try to avoid the discomfort of not knowing where to begin.

Competing priorities can make it hard to start working on a task. If there are other things vying for your attention, it can be challenging to prioritize the task and carve out time to work on it.

Distractions are everywhere, calling your name to help you avoid doing a task that needs to be done.

Fear of failure or perfectionism can also make it hard to start working on a task


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”— Arthur Ashe



  • Remove all distractions while you work on the task.
  • Define the outcome, what do you want to achieve? Be specific and realistic.
  • Break down your goal into smaller, manageable steps. 
  • Use a timer to keep on task.
  • Don’t worry about being perfect or getting everything right on the first try. 
  • The most important thing is to just start and keep moving towards the outcome you want.
  • Reward yourself along the way. This will help keep you motivated and energized.

Weekly Tip

Lighten Up.

Be kind to yourself and take things one day at a time.
Eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep can help you feel more energized and positive.

Laughter is a great way to relieve stress and lighten your mood. Watch a funny movie or TV show, read a humorous book, or spend time with friends who make you laugh. Or make others laugh.

Spending time in nature can help you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated. Take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and enjoy the beauty around you.

Let go of people, ideas, beliefs and things that no longer serve you

Life can be challenging, but by focusing on the positive and practising self-care, you can lighten up and enjoy the journey.


“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things”. – Kenneth Branagh


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Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder


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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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