How to Leverage Your ADHD to your ADDvantage

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Oftentimes, we have negative attitudes about how ADHD affects us and our self-esteem. Once your attitude about your ADHD is shifted, and you understand how your brain works you can empower yourself to embrace your strengths, and boost your self-confidence and self-efficacy. You must create an urge for yourself to do something. The best way to create motivation is to stimulate your enthusiasm, which can be done with the ADHD traits of hyperactivity and impulsivity. These can be some of your best traits, even though they are commonly viewed as ADHD “impairments.” For example, if you need to be moving while you work, then move while you work. No one said you can’t sing while typing at your computer.

The LEVERAGE ADHD system allows you to organize the vast array of ADHD management strategies into one simple plan that works for you and your needs. There are eight stages of the LEVERAGE ADHD system: Learn, Evaluate, Validate, Express, Reframe, Act, Grow, Explore. This system allows you to enhance your own personal strengths, passions, and interests to compensate for any impairing weaknesses.  By emphasizing your strengths, your weaknesses become minimized and are leveraged as your strengths continue to grow.  The major focus of the LEVERAGE ADHD system is understanding all aspects of your unique ADHD. This includes the neurological, cognitive, and emotional aspects of ADHD that affects your daily life and performance. Leveraging your ADHD is a process that takes work and dedication. This is why it is necessary to focus on your passions and interests.

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