Understanding Executive Functions by Looking at Your Life With & Without Them - 064

Hey ADDers!  Many of you are living without well-developed executive function skills and strategies and perhaps don’t know it.  Or maybe you do…but you don’t know what can be done.  You’ve had these struggles in one form or another for most of your life and if they were going to improve, they certainly would have by now.  Fair enough…  You’ve come to the conclusion that you must have treatment resistant ADHD or really bad ADHD because it just isn’t getting any better; in fact, it might even be getting worse.  You’re showing up late more often, forgetting things, taking longer to get your paperwork done – whether for work or school.  In fact, your mind might feel like it’s speeding along, yet your thinking is actually slower and less clear.

As I've said before, there are many reasons why these skills get derailed in their development.  It's not your fault that your skills...

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Recovering from a Seemingly Hopeless State of Mind and Body - 063

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2019

Hey ADDers!  We’re going to start off a little different today and look at a correlation I’ve been thinking about for some time.

The title of today’s episode comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and pertains to more than just those in recovery from alcoholism.  And even if you don’t favor AA for whatever reasons, please do listen for the deeper logic and meanings that I want to share with you today in this introductory part of today’s episode.

A seemingly hopeless state of mind and body is reaching epidemic proportions as it relates to depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, ADHD and addictions (both behavioral and substance).  And underlying these conditions, I am seeing the compromised development of executive function skills and strategies, which are the essential skills we all need to thrive as adults in today’s world. If you can’t plan, organize, prioritize, get started and keep going until the...

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How to Thrive with your ADHD Brain - 062

Hey ADDers! Do you feel as if you’re on a runaway train? Is valuable time – and your life – passing you by in the blink of an eye? Do you feel lost or overwhelmed because you’re not getting the important things done in your life?

I was once there, too. I spent thousands of dollars on programs, therapists and books that promised to show me the way out of the chaos in spite of my ADHD brain. But they didn’t. Instead, they left me feeling angry and more desperate than before.

If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • The importance of foresight and it's impact on planning and following through
  • Taking planning out of fantasy thinking and bringing it into reality with steps
  • The relationship between following through and keeping your word to yourself
  • How to Thrive with your ADHD Brain.  Free Webinar Wednesday, May 29th at 6 pm PT - get info & register at ...
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Foresight or Forward Thinking - an EF Skill to Help you Make Better Choices - 061

Hey ADDers! Foresight is the secret ingredient to success, because without foresight you cannot prepare for the future. With our fast-paced lives, it is becoming harder and harder to establish foresight because our world is changing faster than ever before. Are you someone who has no idea of what sort of world you should prepare for? And if that is you, have you given up and decided that you can’t know or do anything about your future? That you will just have to deal with the cards that get dealt to you over time? That’s you being “reactive” rather than “responsive” to the circumstances of your life.

If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • What is personal foresight and how you can start to develop it
  • What is relationship foresight and how you can start to develop it
  • What is business foresight and how you can start to develop it
  • Get Unstuck!  Discover 9 Powerful Skills that...
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Executive Function Skill of Shifting - It's Really Important to Master - Episode 060

Hey ADDers! Do you have trouble “shifting” from your current task to the next task? Or maybe you have the opposite problem – where you are shifting way too quickly from thing to thing and leaving a trail of unfinished tasks in your wake. Even though most of the executive function assessments typically look at the behavioral stuff, like moving with ease from one situation, activity or aspect of a problem to another as the circumstances require, to me there is so much more to understanding Shifting than just the behavioral manifestations. What about Shifting your thoughts and feelings? By that I mean, do your thoughts and feelings seem to get stuck and just keep presenting you with the same stuff over and over again? Do you want to think or feel differently yet can’t seem to shift?

If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • What is behavioral Shifting and how you can start to develop it
  • What is thinking Shifting...
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Ask Dr B about Relationships: My ADHD Makes All Kinds of Relationships Hard - Episode 059

Hey ADDers! If you’re married, living together, dating, have close friends or it’s you and you…these are all different forms of relationships that you are in. And where there are relationships, there are potential challenges and delightful times to be shared.

I look at relationships as kind of a progression. First, there is the relationship you have with yourself. Then there is the relationship you have with one other person, whether that’s a friendship or coupleship or partnership in business. From there, your coupleship or partnership could expand into a family or expansion of a business. Point is, in my mind it always starts with you.  If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Relationship With Yourself
  • Relationship With Another
  • Relationship With Family or Team
  • Stories About Relationships From Listeners
  • New Programs Coming Soon - Couples in Motion & ADDventures Companion
  • The Importance Of...
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Executive Function Skill of Inhibit – There’s more to it than you might think - Episode 058

Hey ADDers! Do you have trouble “inhibiting” your impulses? Even though most of the executive function assessments typically look at the behavioral stuff, like blurting out, touching things you shouldn’t, cutting people off and more, to me there is so much more to understanding Inhibiting than just the behavioral manifestations. What about Inhibiting your thoughts and feelings? By that I mean, do your thoughts and feelings seem to have a mind of their own and “just happen” uninhibited, or do you have a say so in what you think and feel and when you think and feel what you do?  If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • What Is Behavioral Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • What Is Thinking Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • What Is Emotional Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • First Annual 2-Day Training in CA
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS

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Executive Function Assessments, Skills and Strategies - Episode 057

Hey ADDers!  As adults, we need certain capabilities to succeed in life - this success being things like responsibly raising children, getting and keeping a job, managing a household and contributing to our communities.  Without these capabilities, our successes are iffy at best.  If you know that you're missing Executive Function Skills and Strategies, like Initiating, Planning, Organizing and more, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Flaws in Executive Function Assessments
  • Importance of both Skills and Strategies
  • First Annual 2-Day Training in CA
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS

If you like what I'm doing here on the show, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify or any other places you find my show and listen; and please share with your community with the social media links in the new episode player above; just click on the icons for social media.  Ratings and reviews are...

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Ask Dr B about Distractibility and People's Disbelief that ADHD is Real - Episode 056

disbelief distractibility May 06, 2018

Hey ADDers!  Do you have trouble getting yourself to focus on things you need or want to focus on?  Do you even know what the right things are to be focusing on?  And what about following through?  Is that something that comes easily to you or do you have years of projects or tasks that you never quite followed through on and they are still waiting for their turn for completion?  If I am talking about your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Having a focal point to help you focus
  • Distractibility
  • How real ADHD truly is
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS

If you like what I'm doing here on the show, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify or any other places you find my show and listen; and please share with your community with the social media links in the new episode player above; just click on the icons for social media.  Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and...

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Are you Short on Foresight, Hindsight and Insight? - Episode 055

foresight hindsight insight Apr 29, 2018

Hey ADDers!  Do you see upcoming, potential disasters ahead of time, like you going over the cliff BEFORE you get anywhere near it?  Are you able to avert something negative BEFORE it happens because you remember what happened the last time?  Are you living a life that is less adrenaline driven because you’ve learned some important things about yourself?  For many of you the answer is no to most of these questions. It’s like your mind doesn’t yet know how to see into the future or benefit from the past.  This might be one of the reasons you get into the same trouble over and over again.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • What hindsight is and how you can develop it
  • What foresight is and how you can develop it
  • What insight is and how you can develop it
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS

If you like what I'm doing here on the show, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify or any other places...

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