Jim Livingstone

22 February, 2023


                              “ADHD is a superpower when it is managed properly.” – Michael Phelps


Personal Power

Personal power is the ability to influence your own life and the lives of others through your thoughts, actions, and beliefs. It is a sense of control over your destiny and the ability to make things happen.

Personal power can come from various sources, such as knowledge, experience, confidence, and strong self-awareness.

When you have personal power, you feel empowered to take action, make decisions, and create positive changes in your life. You are less likely to be swayed by the opinions of others or external circumstances and, instead, rely on your inner strength and intuition to guide you.

Personal power can be developed through various practices such as self-reflection, setting goals, building self-confidence, and gaining new knowledge and skills. It is essential to personal growth and can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Your Powerful ADHD Mind

Mastering your ADHD mind is vital for you to lead an exciting and successful life. Your continuous search for dopamine rewards often leads to erratic behaviour that is not good for your long-term dreams and goals.

Your conscious ADHD mind is extremely powerful and will deliver whatever you constantly think about, the good, the bad and the ugly. 

To develop mental strength, you first must be aware of what you are thinking. Most people’s thoughts are negative. These negative thoughts prevent you from achieving your goals and dreams. 

The negative voice, the inner critic running your life, must be silenced. 

Step 1 Building mental strength starts with self-discipline. You need to respect and trust yourself to build your self-confidence. Set yourself some 30-day challenges and track your results each night in a journal or 30-day Challenge Calendar. Once you get past the first week, you will find you want to keep going and not break the chain of unbroken days. 

For example, Set a challenge to go for a walk or to the gym and exercise for fifteen minutes five days a week, no matter how you feel, no excuses.
For example, Invest fifteen minutes each night reading or watching something educating and implement one thing you learnt the next day.

Step 2 Each day, extend yourself and do one thing beyond your comfort zone. Push yourself further than you think is possible and do something more than you would typically do. Accept there will be some physical or mental pain and use that, knowing you are getting mentally stronger. Start small and build upon each step at your own pace. No one is watching, and don’t compare yourself to others. You are only competing again yourself. 

Step 3 Push through procrastination. Use your mental strength to do one thing you have been putting off. Daily select one small task you can complete in five to fifteen minutes. Set a timer and train yourself to start without expecting a perfect outcome. Give yourself a small reward for executing the process.

Step 4 Know things will fall apart despite your best efforts. Don’t stress about it. Give yourself a minute to split the dummy, then take a deep breath, relax your body and mind and let the emotions go. Learn from it and move on. Alter the meaning your give to the event and see if you can find anything positive in the situation. See challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

Step 5 Defeat distractions. Your ADHD brain thrives on distractions, the shiny object syndrome. Your search for dopamine overrides the need to focus and concentrate on necessary but tedious tasks. You need mental strength to direct your energy to help you focus and stay on track to complete the project in the allotted time frame. Remove all unnecessary clutter from your office, car, and home life. Remove the temptations in the car, office, pantry or social media arenas. Think big, start small, and remove one thing from each of these areas. Put it away for a week and see what happens.

Step 6 Be 100% committed to building your mental strength every day. It is one of the keys to unlocking your potential and living the life you desire.


“Every day is different, and some days are better than others, but no matter how challenging the day, I get up and live it”  – Muhammad Al


This week’s ADHD Challenge

Dealing with Problems

As a lifelong ADHDer, I have struggled with problems just like you. I tend to catastrophise the problem and allow my emotions to drive my behaviour. I am very good at only seeing the negative and downplaying any positive aspects.

If one aspect of a plan doesn’t work, I want to dump the whole project and look for something that I think will have fewer problems. That is my all-or-nothing thinking on an endless loop replay.

I have learnt that problems provide feedback to help me see what I need to improve to achieve my goals.


  • Take back control of your thoughts and emotions. Ask if it is a real problem or just my interruption of an event. Is it life-threatening?
  • Rate the problem on a scale of one to ten. One being the easiest to fix.
  • Don’t spend major time on minor problems.
  • Don’t play the victim card; why me? Shit happens to everyone. Successful ADHD people have learned to deal with their problems and move on.
  • Ask how you can solve the problem. What resources do you need, and who could help you?

Weekly Tip

Don’t Try So Hard. Life is short.

It’s also guaranteed to end. On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of all of us is 0% – that includes the richest people in the world.

So take a breath and relax. Release the pressure.

In this modern world, there is too much distraction at our fingertips.

Take one day a week to focus on yourself, your goals, your dreams, and what you’re grateful for in life.

Journal and Meditate to Gain Clarity

If you aren’t regularly taking time to empty your mind and clear your head, you will never be able to transform your life the way that you want.

Journal your thoughts and feelings.

Sit in meditation and listen to what comes up.

Spend time emptying your mind so that you can have the clarity and presence you need to succeed during the other six days instead of working “hard” in a million different directions.


“Your best is yet to come”


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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