ADHD and new years resolutions: 3 rules to follow this year

‘Tis the season of making new years resolutions. And, if you have ADHD, it may also be the season where you find yourself going through a cycle of hope, followed quickly by feelings of disappointment.

ADHD and new years resolutionsYou might be an 'ideas person!' who can think of a million things you want to improve on. You may even be excellent at coming up with creative strategies and scenarios for how to make these come to fruition. But, when it comes to sustained follow-through, well, that's where things can get tough.

With that in mind, here are 3 rules to follow to help you keep your new years resolutions this year:

Rule #1: Ensure that this resolution is actually something you WANT to do.

This might sound obvious. If I am making it a resolution, obviously I want to do it, right? Not so fast! It's easy to focus on goals that we think we're supposed to set, or that others tell us we "should" do. Until a goal is something YOU actually want to do, you're not going to be able to make the change. It's as simple as that. So, ask yourself: “Is this something I want?” and if it is, you're more than half way there and ready for step two!

Rule #2: Have a clear vision for "WHY" this resolution matters to you.

There is a great quote by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene: "The philosophy guides the outcome". What this means is, the way you perceive a resolution and how it fits into the big picture, has a huge impact on follow-through. Try to assess your own 'big picture why' when you are making a resolution. It's important that you connect why it matters to you at the deepest level, and why you're choosing to put value on it. This will help you stay motivated when time passes and keeping up with your goals gets tougher!

Rule #3: Have a plan for how to get back on track if you slip up. AKA, have a PLAN B.

What happens when you miss a day in your workout regime? Or when you press snooze on your alarm clock.? When you eat too many brownies? Whatever your resolution is, set yourself up with a backup plan for when you go off the rails, so that you can get back on. Too often, when we miss one goal, we lose momentum and traction, and give up.

So, to recap:

  1. Make a plan A, make sure it's something you actually want to do,
  2. Prioritize it in your own “big picture” and know why you are putting value on it, and finally...
  3. Make a plan B for when things go awry.

Follow these clear steps to avoid the cycle of disappointment and start knocking off your goals into 2018.

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