Holding yourself back from that urge to explore; to go “Where no man has gone before?“
It can be said that nobody has a sense of adventure like those with ADD/ADHD!
ADD/ADHD gets so much negative attention due to the personal struggles some people experience. We tend to overemphasize the weaknesses it can create, without recognizing the advantages that come with it.
ADD/ADHD comes with several strengths.
If there is one thing that people with ADD/ADHD have, it’s a sense of adventure.
When that adventure is rooted in a meaningful purpose, that person is unstoppable.
The Need For Stimulation.
Due in part to the unregulated distribution of Dopamine in the brain, those with ADD/ADHD may struggle with the feeling of a foggy or sleepy brain. It’s hard to focus, concentrate, and especially find the motivation to keep up with every day demands.
This is actually due to a lack of stimulation.
With ADD/ADHD, people seek it out in many different ways.
On any given average day, a lack of stimulation can feel repressive.
But, on the other hand, it can also give those with ADD/ADHD a relentless drive for adventure!
Ability to Hyperfocus = Drive To Do Something Great!
One of the unique virtues of ADD/ADHD is the often undermentioned skill of hyperfocus.
Wait. What? Didn’t you just say that it can be difficult for the ADD/ADHD brain to focus?
Yup. The flip side of focus can be hyperfocus, or the unregulated pursuit of a strong interest or passion in the moment.
Sometimes, your hyperfocus can be problematic, and it gets in the way of your ability to live a self-regulated life.
On the other hand, it can be one of your greatest strengths when channeled into something worthwhile.
When you, with your ADD/ADHD, have a passion for something your drive for that cause needs to be put to good use!
Some examples of those who had used their unrelenting “hyperfocus” skill.
Michael Phelps, Leo Tolstoy, Picasso, Walt Disney, Isaac Newton, Howie Mandel, and many others have demonstrated that ADD/ADHD does NOT need to be a deterrent to your dreams.
In fact, it can be part of the catalyst that launches you forward.
They have used this drive as an inspiration to do great things.
They have the same drive you have.
What’s Your Passion?
Tapping into the ADD/ADHD skill of hyperfocus, and a strong sense of adventure is particularly close to my heart.
My son has ADD/ADHD and his passion for various causes has driven him to do great things.
For instance, he rode his bicycle across the US – twice – to raise money for “Bike the US for MS.”
He’s climbed 8 or 9 volcanos in Ecuador just because they were there, and hey why miss that?
This summer he’s currently planning to raise money for St. Vincent’s cancer support program the “Swim Across The Sound” – for the second time.
He is one of many that are using their ADD/ADHD for worthwhile causes that move them!
Find YOUR passion. What moves you?
In it, you will find the adventure and stimulation that your brain and spirit need. Surprisingly, it will largely be your ADD/ADHD that helps move you forward.
In it, you’ll do great things.