EF Skill of Initiating - Starting and Following Through - 077

I love responding to questions and enjoyed being interviewed by Meredith for Real so much that I decided to change the format of my show to focusing on a topic and responding to questions about it.  So, if you have a topic you’d like me to talk about and half a dozen questions you’d like answered on that topic, submit your topic and 6 questions to me directly at: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/ask-dr-b

If my podcast show is the first time you’ve been hearing about executive function skills and strategies, you are not alone.  If you’re an adult who received a diagnosis of adult ADHD, executive function skills should also have been assessed and discussed with you, in my humble opinion.  The odds of having executive function deficits along with ADHD are very high; in fact, almost a given that you will. 

Today’s episode is about the executive function skill of Initiating and some strategies to get you started on developing this important skill, as well as offering you hope; real hope that you can change your life.  How much time do we have?  Not much.  So let’s get to it.

In this episode Dr B talks about:

  • The simplest, bare-bones definition of Initiating that I could give
  • How Initiating and Procrastination relate to each other
  • The insult of "lazy"
  • A few quick strategies to help you start developing your Initiating skillset
  • A testimonial from a student on this topic
  • If you don't believe this can work for you, listen up
  • The importance of celebrating your wins

My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.

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A Favorite Quote:

Carl Bard said, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” 

So, the question I have for you at this point in our journey together is, will you make a fresh start today, so you can make a new ending?

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