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  1. You have to learn to own your ADD. You have to learn what to do. You have to stop and ask yourself "what do I need?" And to self sooth as early on as possible, or you will become more and more afraid and less and less capable.
  2. A Cherokee parable - One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves. One is evil. It is anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought for a minute and asked, "which wolf wins the battle?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
  3. There is the way you want the world to be and there is the way the world is
  4. I need to be in a structured environment because that is what organizes my random thoughts
  5. If you have ADD you are taught that you have a "dis" - ability, rather than a keen ability. Others say you have "dis" - order, but you know you can make your own sense of order.
  6. The time is now.
  7. The place is here.
  8. Energy flows where attention goes
  9. To change experience, shift attention
  10. If we can conceive of a vision, can hold and sustain it, it can be achieved
  11. The less we imprint our will, the more the creative vision will unfold
  12. All power comes from within. There is no power outside that has any power over us. If it appears to be so, we are giving it that power
  13. Effectiveness is the measure

Negative Thoughts

  1. What you resist persists. The more you try to shoo something away, the harder it fights for attention. So trying to ignore your ruminations is probably not the best solution. Here are some other things to try:
    1. Journal. Putting thoughts down on paper gives them a home, another place they can stick besides your brain. It is best to do this just prior to going to sleep and upon awakening every morning.
    2. Focus on something outside of your mind. Do something intense that your naturally drawn to, playing a video game, mountain biking etc.
    3. Write down your concern, than write down its exact opposite. For example if you are afraid this afternoons meeting with your boss will result in a layoff, write “I am getting a raise!” Then visualize the positive outcome.
    4. Repeat a mantra. Think of a short comforting inspirational phrase and repeat it over and over, out loud.
    5. Take an attitude of gratitude. Make a list of things you are grateful for.

Time Management

  1. Use a day planner
  2. Translate goals into an action plan
  3. Block-out realistic time frames directly on your calendar. Consider driving time, waiting time, rush hour, and weather delays.
  4. New ideas a great, but to many of them at once can create chaos and can take up to much of your time. Try to implement new ideas one at a time.
  5. Learning to manage your time, takes time. The more you actively focus on doing it, the easier it becomes.
  6. Build in time for yourself.
  7. A 15 to 30 minute break, with no interruptions will help you rejuvenate and transition from one task to another.
  8. Exercise regularly

Business tips

  1. The greatest way to make a positive first impression is to demonstrate immediately that the other person – not you – is the center of action and conversation.
  2. When speaking, give positive verbal cues; “hmm…interesting!” “Tell me more, please.” “What did you do next?”
  3. Give up the need to be right!
  4. Listeners judge our intelligence, our cultural level, our education, even our leadership ability, by the words we select – and by how we speak. Use your words, don’t let them use you! Project a positive image – fake it until you make it.