If you were inspired and had a customized game plan, would more of your potential be realized?
This is a question that myself and many of my fellow "thought partner" performance coaches help our clients think through and strategize every day.
The truth is that managing life as a gifted, ADD or highly creative neurodiverse person is not just about "executive control" functioning. It 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 a controllable process. It's one that needs to be facilitated and agilized.
It's never enough to just decide to do something.
It's never enough to tell yourself 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 a whole of control over our attention and performance, but we can facilitate both our attention and performance once we understand the "recipe" for agilizing the way we get things done.
Here's a few of the required "ingredients" that must be present to initiate every action or activity you perform.
- You have decided WHAT to do (many of us creatives get stuck here)
- You have INSPIRATION
- A clear "PURPOSE" for doing it.
- You understand what NEED will be fulfilled by doing it.
- A strong compelling interest in either the doing of it or in the impact of doing it (You care)
- You are both willing and able to say NO to all the other needs competing for your attention long enough to do it. (Focus + Strong Emotional Drive)
- You have a "MENTAL MODEL" for doing it.
- You know HOW to do it. (Skill)
- You feel CONFIDENT that you can do it without overwhelming difficulty. (Belief)
- You have the resources needed (Physical, Energy, Emotional, Cognitive, Time, etc.)
- You trust in your own resourcefulness to clear obstacles and acquire resources (Belief)
- You anticipate / expect a reward or positive outcome - either immediate or in the future. (Value)
- You have patience with and tolerance for the process to move forward slowly - one little step at a time
- You 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 you are "not ready" to get into action. The issue usually lies somewhere in the above recipe or in one of the 10 Mantras of AgiliZen.