Mind Games: Understanding How to Use Your Mind Leads to Success
By Carol Gignoux, Coach, Live ADHD Free
Understanding your mind and how to use it to the greatest advantage is key to life happiness, success and fulfillment. Feelings of incompetence as a result of being labeled ADHD can starve you of those gifts.
Now we are beginning to see the truth about ADHD. This brain type is and always has been the exact same brain of important innovators throughout time. Some examples are Picasso, Mozart, Kennedy, Edison, Einstein, Churchill and the Wright Brothers. You can find a longer list online. Labeling people ADHD is a fairly recent development and has not been helpful to the millions of children and adults who grew up feeling stigmatized.
People with this brain type make up for their impulsivity and lack of focus by using their innate talents of super creativity, high energy, exceptional problem solving and insatiable curiosity. It is important to remember that impulsivity and poor planning can be managed with good habits and perhaps medication, but the natural talents mentioned above cannot be taught. And we never want people to lose those!
There are five powerful cognitive strengths that belong to the innovator brain. They are your superpowers. In this article I will be sharing the first one of five. Look for the other four cognitive strengths in future articles.
Cognitive Strength 1: Compensating
The ability to compensate in different environments and situations is one of the great cognitive strengths of this brain type.
Compensating in this case basically means making up for what one is not good at by using what one is good at. Another way of saying this is that these people can use their inherent strengths to manage their weaknesses.
This ability to compensate gets developed early on in life as a way to make up for difficulty with paying attention, being impulsive, lack of planning ahead, poor task and time management, and in general, many of the functions human beings engage in when they can motivate themselves. Typical compensating mechanisms that people with this brain type use include:
- creating a successful outcome to a project through last-minute effort
- using sharp intellect to make up for lack of attention and preparation
- assimilating all components of a subject quickly and coming to a conclusion
- knowing how and where to efficiently find answers to perplexing questions
Sometimes the wonderful ability to compensate can suddenly become inadequate. This can happen in middle school, high school or college. Sometimes the problem is put off until there is trouble adjusting to the demands of a first job. But when it does happen, it can catch people by surprise and send them into a tailspin.
People with the innovator brain type need to understand how this works so they will recognize it when it happens to them and get support in addressing it through ADHD coaching or mentoring. Compensating is a stroke of genius and a helpful mechanism, but like all strengths, it is not a one size fits all strategy.
In the next article we will be talking about Cognitive Strength 2: Creating Structured Routines.
You can find my just published book: Your Innovator Brain – The Truth About ADHD in online book sellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Carol Gignoux is a coach, trainer and motivational expert in the world of achievement and productivity with a 40-year background in educating and training people of all ages. She is well established as an expert in ADHD Coaching with more than 16 years of experience. For the past decade she has engaged in extensive research and developed powerful insights into how dynamic relationships between individual people and their organizational environments are created. Contact her at 706-955-9063 or carol@liveADHDfree.com.