If you were inspired and had a customized game plan, would more of your potential be realized?
This is a question that performance coaches help clients think through and strategize every day. The truth is that managing life as a gifted, ADD or highly creative neurodiverse person is a performance development and facilitation challenge.
When you have a high-speed, highly sensitive, idea spewing brain (like mine) getting things done is not an easily controllable process. It's one that needs to be
It's never enough to just decide to do something.
It's never enough to tell myself to "just do it."
Human performance is complex. It's a recipe of ingredients that all must be in place before you can "take action" and bring an idea, intention and dream to life. Being a gifted, ADD, highly creative or otherwise neurodiverse person means we need more "fuel" and "conscious preparation" to get things done than the average person. Think of like having to pay a "gift tax" : )
We don't have super strong "control" over our attention and performance, but we can facilitate ourselves once we understand the "recipe" for agilizing the way we get things done.
Here's a few of the required "ingredients" for initiating an action or activity.
- You need a well-defined decision on exactly WHAT to do (many of us creatives get stuck here)
- You need INSPIRATION
- A clear "PURPOSE" for doing it.
- An understanding of what goals and needs will be fulfilled by doing it.
- A strong compelling interest in doing it or in the impact doing it will have (You need to care)
- You must be willing and able to say NO to other needs competing for your attention long enough to do it. (Focus + Strong Emotional Drive)
- You need a "MENTAL MODEL" for doing it.
- You must know HOW to do it. (Skill)
- You must feel CONFIDENT that you can do it without overwhelming difficulty. (Belief)
- You must believe you have the resources needed (Physical, Energy, Emotional, Cognitive, Time, etc.)
- You must trust in your own resourcefulness to clear obstacles and acquire resources (Belief)
- You must anticipate / expect a reward or positive outcome - either immediate or in the future. (Value)
- You must have tolerance for the process to move forward slowly at first as you warm up - one little step at a time
- You must have a strategy or "GAME PLAN" for getting it done in spite of the obstacles you may encounter along the way.
When you're stuck or distracted, it means some of the above are missing. It means you are "not ready" to get into action. The 10 Mantras of AgiliZen help you lead and coach yourself through the processing of becoming "ready" to get into Action to achieve your Agile goals.