Jim Livingstone

22 March, 2023


“Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” – Nicholas M. Butler


Personal Power

You are the cause of the effects that appear in your life. You have the ability to choose your response to any event or situation that happens in your life. You can’t always control what happens, but you can 100% control the impact it has on your mental, physical, spiritual and financial well-being.

With great power comes great responsibility. Choose better responses if you want a better life.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Your Talent Quest

Ok, here is a list of some of your ADHD abilities. Don’t underestimate the impact these skills can have on your life and those around you

  • Empathy
  • Zest for life
  • High energy
  • Problem-solving
  • Sense of humour
  • Perseverance
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Observant
  • Laser-focus
  • Compassionate

Now use them for the benefit of all.


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein.



This week’s ADHD Challenge

Using Your ADHD Strengths.

I love the quote above from Albert Einstein.

It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Of course, a fish can’t climb a tree any more than a bear can live underwater.

Somethings we are good at, and somethings, well you know!

But that is what we try to do with our ADHD brain. We ask it to perform tasks it isn’t designed to do and then criticise ourselves for failing. The negative self-talk continues to erode our self-confidence.

STOP trying to be a tree-climbing fish! 


  • First and foremost, know your strengths.
  • Acknowledge your weaknesses, accept them and find ways around them, like delegation.
  • Focus on your strengths needed to achieve your goals.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to capitalise on your strengths
  • Expect to ‘stretch’ acquiring better skills and abilities
  • Don’t take on work you know you will perform poorly. Say no or delegate it

Weekly Tip

Changing Your Identity

Where you are now is a reflection of your current identity.

However, your identity is not set in stone. Everyone has the freedom to change their identity.

You can choose to grow and redefine who you want to be and what you want to have and experience.

Start by learning to separate your old identity from your new identity

Write down all the things you WANT to do to become the person in your vision.

Write down all the things you WANT to change to become the person in your vision.

Write down the choices you WANT to make to become the person in your vision.

Look at the behaviours you need to stop. Next, match new behaviours to your new identity.

Expect to be uncomfortable initially. Change challenges your beliefs and old habits.

Push through the emotions trying to hold you back.

Control your thoughts, find the positive in the challenges and imagine living in your new identity and life.


“You are not obligated to be the person you were yesterday.”


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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