As you well know, along the way there are going to be ways in which the ways that your ADHD symptoms manifest themselves can get in your way.
As you are looking at what skills, habits and strategies you can develop to help you manage your areas of weakness, take time to identify your areas of strength. Identifying the areas that you are strong in will allow you to better navigate your way to your goals, as you can use your strengths to help you reach your objectives.
First and foremost, concentrate on your strengths. Put yourself where your strengths can produce results… One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all. ~Peter F. Drucker~
Just to be clear, a strength is an innate or learned characteristic that you possess or behavior that you exhibit, that when applied consistently allows you the greatest chance of successfully reaching your goals.
You may even possess strengths that you utilize in one area of your life that you do not yet see how you can apply to help you achieve your current goal. Think about how your strengths are transferable among different tasks.
So, let’s see if you can start “thinking outside of the box.” Once you identify your assets, you can focus on understanding how you can use these skills to help you accomplish your current goal(s).
To help you get started on identifying some of your strengths related to reaching your goals, answer the questions below.
1. To start with the most obvious, what are my strengths? This is not the time to be modest.
2. What activities capture my attentions and keep me consistently engaged? What are my strengths related to these activities?
3. What types of tasks do I learn and understand quickly, and approach the challenge with a sense of joy? Again, what are my strengths related to these tasks?
4. What am I passionate about?
5. How are my strengths related to my passions?
6. How do I work best? Work with who you are, including your ADHD, not against it.
7. When am I most effective and efficient? Am I working during these times?
8. What other questions can I ponder that will give me information about my strengths?
If you are not able to do this on your own, ask one of your “fans,” such as a friend or family member, to help you. Of course, if your fans do not have the capacity to help you in the way that you need, please invest in professional help, such as a coach or therapist.