Welcome to the twenty-fifth episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.
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After the release of episode 023, I heard from many of you about the struggles you are having and how lost you are feeling as to how to get your life on track now, as well as take care of the things from the past that have built up over the years. For many of you it's an overwhelming thought to even consider trying.
I get it; I do. I had a lot of wreckage from my own past that I needed to clean up while still living my life going forward. I learned that I needed to balance my time so that I spent the majority of my time focused in the present, and part of my time cleaning up the wreckage from the past. If I had spent too much of my time focused on all of the things I had to make right from the past, it would have been both an overwhelming undertaking and pretty depressing. My skills for managing “paper” were pretty bad back then. I used to just put it all in boxes to get to at a later time; of course, if you’re anything like I was, that later time never came. I actually had boxes of papers that were never unpacked from moves I made; stuff that I never looked at for about 10 years, until I finally did, box by box and put that behind me. I’m so grateful to have put a stop to those behaviors.
What I want to continue to go after today is the elimination of some of the needless suffering and misunderstanding that is tearing relationships and families apart, as well as having you think of yourself in a less than favorable way, to put it mildly. Hearing so many adults with ADHD tell me they think of themselves as a loser, defective, worthless and so on is heartbreaking to me!
Some adults talk about their struggles openly, while others feel such shame that it’s their "best-kept secret." Remember, if you haven’t known what you were dealing with or what to do to help yourself, how could you have had a better life than what you currently have? The shame belongs with how ADHD has been represented, treated, ignored and sidelined many times, not with you. As I said in the very first episode of this podcast show, it’s not your fault, and you still have a responsibility here – or the ability to take action on your own behalf.
In this episode, I’m going to be taking a deeper look at moving beyond the damaging years of undiagnosed ADHD and what you can do now to turn things around for yourself and claim a more successful life. Yes, what you can DO – that means taking “right action” to get the results and fine tune your actions as you go along. It is a process, so please don’t let yourself off the hook here with taking action once, not getting the results you hoped for, and stopping there. Seriously!! Did you learn to swim or jump rope with just one attempt? I know I didn’t, so keep going!! You’re learning to do, not just standing up and do, like you’ve known how all your life. Get real here!!
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