Info on ADHD

Welcome to the Untapped Brilliance Blog! I am Jacqueline Sinfield the ADHD coach for Adults. On this blog you will find tons of info on ADHD. One the most common sentence I hear from clients is ‘I have so much potential but I just can’t seem to reach it’.  I wrote the ADHD book Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD to answer that very question. Untapped Brilliance outlines simple yet highly effective, alternative ways to minimize your unwanted ADHD symptoms so that your wonderful gifts can shine brightly. When that happens, not only are you able to reach your potential, but your life also becomes way less stressful and lots more fun.

The articles here on the blog are all a reflection of my ADHD Coaching philosophy. I am really excited to share with you loads of info on ADHD, and proven strategies that are super effective in minimizing your negative aspects of ADHD so that your magnificent gifts can shine brightly and you too can reach your potential!

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What Successful ADHDers Do…And How You Can Do It Too!

photo1What Successful ADHDers Do...And How You Can Do It Too!Justin Timberlake came to Montreal over the weekend!  JT is a brilliant performer; he can sing, dance, has an incredible stage presence, and is funny and genuine.

If you are thinking that the photo was taken a long way away from the stage, you are right. It was! 15 months ago, tickets went on sale at 10 am and at 10:06, those were the best seats I could get. Crazy (in a good way) right?

Justin Timberlake has a huge fan base; the noise at the concert was insane, not from the music but from the appreciative crowd. Everyone was very happy to be there. Imagine having the power to make that many people happy by doing something you love to do.

Did you also know that JT has ADHD and OCD?

JT, like other famous or successful people with ADHD, uses it to his advantage (it take a lot of energy to perform 2 hours and 30 minutes). He focuses on what he is good at and what he enjoys doing.

Are you wondering what ‘focusing on what you are good at’ looks like for a regular person? Here is a real life example.

John (not his real name), is a client who is naturally very talented in all things technical. He has a wealth of knowledge about a particular software and is a successful consultant to business owners. John helps business owners use this software to make their business run smoothly and profitably. People love hiring him because not only can he problem solve, create big visions, set up complex things, he is also a gifted teacher and coach.

Every so often, John attends a networking meeting. Last week, John was asked if he could run the meeting, because the organizer was going to be away.

On the day of the meeting, John arrived on time but forgot to print out the itinerary to hand out to everyone like the organizer usually does. He did remember to bring snacks but forgot the soft drinks. He started to beat himself up about the things he didn’t do.

However, when the guest speaker didn’t show up, John stepped up in front of the crowded room and did a talk completely unprepared. The guest speaker was going to talk about the software John knows a lot about. So John talked about the software and he bought it to life with a case study. When he finished, he got a round of applause (the first in the history of the meeting)! Everyone at the meeting had been completely engaged with the presentation, and days later, people were still talking about it in the online forum.

When John and I talked, he told me about the event, but he was having a hard time enjoying the success, because he was focusing on the things he hadn’t done: the drinks and itinerary.

Because it was easy for him to talk about a software he loves, he wasn’t giving himself any credit for the fabulous presentation he had given with no preparation.

John isn’t alone in this. Many people with ADHD do this. They don’t give themselves credit for their successes. They discount its importance because it’s easy for them. Instead, they focus on the small things that they didn’t do. Things that other people have long forgotten (no one posted on the forum about the missing itinerary). However, when you do this, you drag yourself down and cloud your brilliance.

John, like Justin, has created a life and business focusing on his strengths and what he is good at. With a tiny of bit of fine tuning to his internal dialog, John is going to really enjoy his successes; which in turn, will lead to having more and more successful experiences!

This week, your action steps are:

1) Write down what you are naturally good at.
2) Identify which of those you enjoy doing.
3) Work out how to spend more time doing them.
4) Spend more time celebrating your successes than thinking about the small stuff.
5) Notice how much easier and fun life is!

How to Finish What You Started

How to Finish What You Started

Over the last 6 months, I've developed a bad habit. I kept starting a book and not finishing it. Each book was interesting and helpful; and yet, I would get half way through and then, start another. Someone would recommend a book and so I would get … [Continue reading]

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This week, rather than an article I wanted to show you a video. The title is Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder, however it gives an insight into what life is like when you have ADHD regardless of your age. After you have watched it, send it … [Continue reading]

How to Stop Losing Your Keys When You Have ADHD!

How to Stop Losing Your Keys When You Have ADHD!

Having ADHD and losing your keys regularly tend to go hand in hand. It might seem like a small thing, and even a bit of a joke to people who know you; “Harry has lost his keys again!” However, it’s one of those small things that create big … [Continue reading]

Single-Tasking and ADHD

Single-Tasking and ADHD

Single-Tasking is the new Multi-tasking!!! Even though we know that multi-tasking isn't good; it isn't productive, doesn't make us feel accomplished and even makes our IQ go down, we still do it! . Multi-tasking is doing 2 or more things at the … [Continue reading]

What If I Have ADHD and a Fish Allergy?

Taking an Omega 3 supplement is a foundational part to treating your ADHD. However, if you are allergic to fish or a vegetarian, don't rule this vital step out.

Taking an Omega 3 supplement is a foundational part to treating your ADHD. However, if you are allergic to fish or a vegetarian, don't rule this vital step out. The answer isn't to eat more flaxseeds! There are 3 types of Omega 3 fatty … [Continue reading]

10 Reason Why ADHD Dads Are AWESOME

Dads and ADHD

1) You Normalize ADHD If you have ADHD, then there is a good chance one (or more) of your children has ADHD too. Children don't like to be different; you might be the only person they know who has ADHD. By being open about your ADHD, you are … [Continue reading]

ADHD and Famous People

ADHD and Famous People

A few summers ago, I had a conversation with a 9-year-old little boy. He had been diagnosed with ADHD because he was struggling in school. He hated having ADHD. It made him feel different from everyone else and he didn’t think it was fair that he had … [Continue reading]

ADHD and the T.O.V.A Test

ADHD and the T.O.V.A Test

Questions from my inbox! I get a lot of confused people emailing me for advice about the results of their T.O.V.A. test.A T.O.V.A. test is a computerized test of attention, and stands for Test of Variables of Attention. The email takes various … [Continue reading]

The 3 Essential Items for your ADHD Kitchen

One of my goals as an ADHD Coach, is to help ADDers eat healthy, ADHD-friendly meals every day. Cooking can be daunting and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be. http://youtu.be/qYEXHQtlYvM In this video, I recommend 3 essential pieces of … [Continue reading]