Relationships Stir Things Up So We Can See Ourselves More Clearly - Episode 037

Welcome to the thirty-seventh 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  Whether it’s the relationship with you, someone else or both, relationships are definitely wonderful vehicles for helping us to see ourselves more clearly and presenting us with opportunities for transformation.

I’m not just talking about the communication or lifestyle challenges or differences of opinion that you have with others or even within yourself.  No.  I’m talking about the deeper issues of your history or baggage, the meanings you’ve given it that have shaped your personal stories, and often slammed your self-confidence and self-esteem into the ground; and your beliefs and values that have taken a hit too.

And what about your intentionality in your...

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Ask Dr B – about the High Cost of Not Knowing About Executive Functions - Episode 036

Welcome to the sixteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-sixth episode overall 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  We’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s get to it.

I’ve been pretty hyperfocused lately on Executive Function overall and specifically the skills that we need to develop for a more successful adult life, especially if we didn’t develop them starting back in childhood.  So whether you’ve mastered them all (which probably isn’t true if you’re listening to my podcast show) or will be learning them now, the point is, you need to learn them because they’re the foundational skills that we build a successful adult life on; with greater ability to successfully navigate the responsibilities that comes with adulthood....

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When Criticism Is Abundant & Kind Words Are Scarce - Episode 035

criticism kind words Aug 21, 2017

Welcome to the thirty-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.

I’m so glad you could join me today. Throughout my 30+ years of working with adults with ADHD, Executive Function deficits, depression, anxiety, addictions, and many other co-occurring challenges, I’ve noticed a theme that bears talking about today. And that is the abundance of “symptoms” that often present themselves to us, and are basically saying, “Hey you! There are things you need to pay attention to and take care of here.” And, if we are fortunate enough to both hear and understand the messages of those “symptoms,” and actually take action to search out what the underlying issues are, and follow through on resolving them, we can put an end to a lot of the suffering that we live with. Difficulties and...

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Ask Dr B – about Mindfulness, Self-Reflection & Executive Function - Episode 034

Welcome to the fourteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-second episode overall 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today for my podcast show.  We’ve got a tighter format, great topics and clear steps to take starting today, so let’s get to it.

I’m going to be addressing three inter-related topics today to help you see the path from fuzzy to focused on becoming the successful adult living with ADHD you deserve to be.  It’s definitely a journey, one that’s unique for each person. 

And if you’re on this journey, I applaud you for your courage straight away.  Truly!  It definitely takes courage and a lot of what I’m going to be talking about today to rise up and become the person you were intended to become. ...

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A Closer Look At Procrastinating (Start, Middle & End) & What To Do - Episode 033

Welcome to the thirty-third 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.

If you’ve been trying to solve your procrastination challenges forever, without much success, perhaps it’s because procrastination is a “behavioral symptom” and not the real problem.  “Behavioral symptoms” are great because they tell us that something is wrong.  It’s just that we then need to look beyond them, if we’re going to solve the underlying issues that are presenting us with those “behavioral symptoms.”

It’s kind of like having a fever (the symptom) when the underlying issue is a raging infection.  I hope you’d be treating the raging infection and not just take something for the fever.

I want to introduce you to Professor Alfred Bandura, if you aren’t familiar...

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Ask Dr B – about Later In Life Diagnosis, Having Hope & Becoming Successful - Episode 032

Welcome to the fourteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-second episode overall 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today for my podcast show.  We’ve got a tighter format, hot topics and clear steps to take starting today, so let’s get to it.

So many of the adults I work with or dialogue with have been diagnosed later in life.  There are many reasons for this and it’s not the end of the world; far from it - it’s the beginning of your new life.  Borrowing a phrase from the Foreword to the First Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous - “recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body” is what comes to mind when I think of ADHD and Executive Function Deficits.  Many adults have lived or continue to live in a...

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What’s Missing When Skillful Communication Is Just Not Happening - Episode 031

skillful communication Aug 07, 2017

Welcome to the thirty-first 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.

Just because you can speak, doesn’t mean you can communicate skillfully or say what you intend to convey.  Just because you know the words doesn’t mean that you are using them skillfully.  Just because you get everything out that you want to say, doesn’t mean it is received as you intended.  And, if you have beliefs about not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, then you’ve already set yourself up to not say what’s on your mind because you’ll be focused on censoring yourself; not focused on what you want to convey.

Some of the goals for this episode are to provide you with a basic understanding of communication; what it is and is not.  What your responsibility is as the communicator.  What...

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Ask Dr B – about Stories We Tell Ourselves, Low Self-Esteem & Self-Sabotaging Behaviors - Episode 030

Welcome to the thirteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirtieth episode overall 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today for my podcast show.  I get SO excited to create episodes that you my listeners ask for.  You send me questions or issues that you are struggling with and ask for insights and solutions, which results in inspiration and another great episode.  You have no idea how happy that makes me; or maybe you do.

Based on Monday’s episode 029, I hope you all get just how important it is that we develop executive function skills; just not something we should skip over or take lightly.  If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, I recommend you do so you’ll understand what I mean.  There’s no short cut here.  These skills are...

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Exploring Our Assumptions, Expectations, Shame & Guilt - Episode 029

Welcome to the twenty-ninth 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.

In this episode, I’m exploring our assumptions, expectations, shame and guilt as it relates to adult life with ADHD and helping you to move past it to a new found freedom.

The increasing numbers of adults living with ADHD-related impairments are not a trivial matter, and have far-reaching consequences for all of us.   Quality of life is less and the erosion of human potential is apparent.  So many adults report feelings of hopelessness and frustration.  This has to stop and be turned around now.

This is not simply annoying laziness or apparent lack of willpower or being scatterbrained or a bit disorganized, frequently late and excessively forgetful.  It is also not the extraordinary gift that endows the person with exceptional...

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Ask Dr B - about Cultivating Resilience, Impact of Menopause & Communication Potholes - Episode 028

Welcome to the twelfth Ask Dr B episode, and the twenty-eighth episode overall 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.

I’m so glad you could join me today for my podcast show.  I’m keeping the pace lively and upbeat, so you don’t get into a rut and stop paying attention in the moment because you anticipate what’s coming next.  Good to keep things fresh.  Plus, this is good training in case you are one to jump to conclusions or assumptions and miss something important; wouldn’t want that to happen to you.

And since helping you to shape new behaviors is part of my intention here with the stories and action steps for you to take, I want to remind you that today’s success or lack of it started last night.  That’s right.  If you got a good night’s sleep, felt...

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