If you have ADD, chances are ideas flow fast and furious. And this ability to generate a wealth of ideas may be a tremendous asset for you. It may allow you to:
- think of multiple interesting solutions to problems.
- synthesize and interpret information in a unique way.
- envision many future paths.
However, being able to generate so many ideas can become a hindrance to effectively following through on any one path.
Think of the bamboo plant.
Bamboo, so I’ve learned, though it takes a long time to grow, is the fastest spreading plant in the world. If not properly contained, it will grow uncontrollably and any efforts to kill it off are essentially futile.
Sound like any of your ideas? Have you planted seeds, perhaps, before considering whether you wanted the resulting “plants”? And then before you knew it you were spending all of your time fostering this run a way idea. Maybe, when you decided to plant the seed, you even made commitments that you didn’t feel you could renegotiate. Then you did not have the time and space in your life to initiate and follow through on other ideas.
Having lots of ideas is fantastic, as long as we can decide which to sow and which to leave in the package on the shelf. Every once in a while we can take a sideways glance at the package, and decide whether the time is right to plant the seeds or whether they should spend another season on the shelf.
After all, there is only so much room in the garden. And the gardener can only do so much tending.
Choosing to initiate an idea that is not right for you can land you in the same spot as an accidental bamboo grower.
Even good ideas can wait.