By Jeff Emmerson
This is so true – SO true, my friends. Of course, it depends on the severity of your symptoms and any co-existing condition(s) present in your life, but let me give you the single biggest piece of advice I ever could: Keep an open mind! As frustrated, furious, annoyed, anxious or depressed you get, there IS a way to unlock your combination to a vault of greater success in life – in relationships, your career, your mindset about life, and in other areas. The answer is in your attitude, and in the time you put in toward self-awareness and challenging your “comfort zone” for stretching yourself toward new patterns of behavior. I’m saying that for the record, since it has literally changed my life over the last year and a half, with no signs of stopping. I get it now, more than I ever have, and thank God I do, or I probably wouldn’t be here to type this right now – The Adult ADHD Blog wouldn’t even exist, which would be tragic for all of us. We NEED stories of real-life people (as opposed to academics or physicians alone) overcoming mental health battles and winning in life. We truly do, more than ever.
When we find our individual “blueprint” to success, which usually takes a lot of trial and error (as it should – this is YOUR life, no one else’s!), we’re changed people. We can’t be stopped from succeeding in a more fulfilling, self-directed life of beauty, gratitude and all that comes with it. When we know the challenging behaviors that can hold us back, we can minimize them, and allow ourselves to shine through our talents – our strengths! This is so damn true. Just look at this blog! In a relatively short time, I’m reaching literally hundreds of thousands of people each month here and with EverydayHealth, exploding adult ADHD awareness! Twitter is exploding for me as well, now that I’ve found the formula for building my following organically, properly, over time. You see? The same goes for our lives! Find your own formula over time (it does NOT come overnight, I won’t lie to you), and it will be so damn rewarding that you’ll never be who you were ever again, in a great way. It’s a true “awakening,” and I’m leading by example, driven to inspire millions out there who face similar mental health challenges. I’ve found my formula for success, my “big-picture blueprint” in each area of my life that allows me to get out of my own way symptom-wise to let success and joy back into my life. God, it’s about time. I’ll be 38 this year.
I talk with people from all walks of life – from counselors to doctors, pharmaceutical companies to kindergarten teachers, literary agents to psychiatric nurses……and so on. The common theme of the feedback I’m receiving is that people are really inspired and “refreshed” by finding out that this blog, written by an everyday person just like you has been created and is gaining some serious momentum month by month. As I pursue a book deal this year, my vision is to reach so many more people over the coming years!
Count on me to make that happen. I don’t take this responsibility lightly.
Help me spread the word for mental health and adult ADHD awareness! Adult ADHD symptoms and being aware of how they can hurt your life is the first step. Be honest with yourself, as tough as it is to do at times, and watch your life change for the better, just like mine is. I couldn’t mean this more personally and strongly! Watch as I show what can be done when we believe, my friends! Take this ride with me! We’re all in this together, damn it! It’s about time, isn’t it?