It is already well documented that a Creative Thinker is wired differently. It’s actually in their genes. In fact, creativity doesn’t just involve the right brain versus left brain. It involves a balance of cognitive processes, neural pathways and all topped off with emotions. Once the delicate balance is out of whack they begin to experience anxiety among other behaviors. So, this is what is perceived as ADD. This doesn’t apply to everyone with diagnosed ADD but for a majority. Here is a list of some obstacles that can be overcome to turn ADD into Creative Thinking through Coaching:
1. Procrastination and Realization of Goals- A coach who works with ADD understands that Creative Thinkers have mental complexities that allow for the mind to drift. Through coaching you can promote your natural drifting mindset to daydream and channel those impulses into action. Neuroscientists conclude that daydreaming involves the same brain processes associated with imagination and creativity.
“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University.
2. Time Management and Prioritization – A regular 9-5 schedule can feel painful for a Creative Thinker. Structure seems constricting. Many great artists have said that they do their best work either very early in the morning or late at night. Frank Lloyd Wright made a practice of waking up at 3 or 4 a.m. and working for several hours before heading back to bed. Through coaching you can uncover the times you are at your optimal mental firing level and where you have the highest potential for creative output
3. Have a Hard Time being Alone – When a person with ADD is uncomfortable being alone they sometimes tend to drift into a depressive state. “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone,” wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May. Probably a distant relative;-)
Through coaching Creative Thinkers can begin to shift their feelings of loneliness to enjoying their own company and even producing some of their best work.
4. Blame, Shame and Failure – When your ADD kicks in you have a tendency to blame others and blame yourself for past “failures.” I should have done this, he did this to me and because of that I didn’t succeed, etc… The shame that comes with not achieving or screwing is that noise in your head you just need to drown.
Through coaching a Creative Thinker begins to understand that their natural state is to be resilient until they find what is ultimately fulfilling. All the “failures” are very important lessons and not to be taken personally.
5. Fear of Taking Action – This is common to people with ADD where the voice begins to tell you that you can fail, someone will not approve of your action, it’s too scary to try and if you do not succeed right out of the block you begin to doubt. It’s easier to be in our comfort zone but overcoming that fear is exactly what you must do in order to live a life you will love
Creative Thinkers are risk takers by nature. Through coaching you will learn to thrive from taking risks. “There is a deep and meaningful connection between risk taking and creativity and it’s one that’s often overlooked,” contributor Steven Kotler wrote in Forbes. Once you recognize the fact that you always had it in you to make something from nothing just using your natural abilities you will learn to trust yourself enough to go for it. That helps to support your self image. The more small successes you have the better you feel and feeling great about yourself helps in attracting more opportunity which in turn helps you to feel better and so on.
So do yourself a favor, shift ADD into CADA (Creative Attention Deficit Advantage) through coaching and set up a supportive environment, create a path to success, recognize the beauty that all around you, rediscover yourself and Shake Things Up!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”Steve Jobs