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ADD Distractions? Why Lose Them?

Oct 22, 2007
"I want to get rid of these distractions!" I hear that from other ADD people often, but let me ask you, "Why?" I mean, what would you accomplish without the ADD distractions? How would that help you?

People often tell us, "OK. Focus on one thing." Well, that's never going to happen, is it? But we still have these feelings of anxiety and frustration and we feel as if we're constantly being driven to the next thing. We sometimes feel bad about ourselves because of this, and it's much worse when we're trying to accomplish some very specific things. We might be wanting to grow our businesses and make more money, or we're having trouble in relationships and we want to improve them, but whatever the situation, when it's all said and done...

You can still do those things! And you don't have to be focused. People that have no distractions, who are very focused in life, might not be getting where they want to go in life, either. They've pigeon-holed themselves in a world of boredom. ADD people can't live like that. Nobody should live like that!

Here's the deal... If you want to get rid of the distractions, things like housework or cooking or paying the bills, just so you can make more money, get somebody else to do the things that you don't want to do. You can figure out a way to stop being distracted by unimportant things and move forward. You can actually use the ADD distractions and your ADD creativity to help you. Like, maybe your neighbor is an accountant and likes to mess with numbers. Barter. Tell him that you'll paint a mural on his bedroom wall or that you'll take his cleaning to the dry cleaner for 6 months. Or whatever. Make a deal and get the thing you want done by just can't drive yourself to do--by someone else.

Distractions aren't inherently bad. We move through life at the speed of sound, and we need to be aware of all the things going on around us. We need to be distracted. Cluttered houses and cooking aren't that important to us. Delegate these responsibilities and concentrate on the distractions that will help you to get where you want to be. Decide what will move your business forward and hyperfocus on those things, not on unimportant things like cooking and cleaning.

If you can't afford to pay for services, then, make trades. ADD distractions don't have to be an issue, and you can find ways to use them to your highest advantage. You just have to use your ADD creativity. You'll be amazed at how pleased people will be to do the things you hate so that they don't have to do something that they don't like to do. Sit down together and write lists of all the things you hate to do and see where there are matches. When you come up with a match, it will be a win-win situation, and everyone will come away happy. Try it. See if it doesn't take some of the boredom out of your life so that you have lots and lots of time to be distracted and use it!
About the Author
Tellman Knudson is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner, who has helped many of his clients to cope with the symptoms of ADD. Subscribe to his free weekly ADD Success tips when visiting Instant ADD Success at http://www.instantaddsuccess.com
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