Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

How to turn on your Hyper-Focus – Part 1


If I had to use one word to describe how I turn on my Hyper-Focusing ability it would be “Enthusiasm”! As difficult as it is for an Adder to become interested in something for which he or she has no interest, enthusiasm can make all the difference in the world! Something which isn’t noted as much as our Hyper-Focusing ability is our extraordinary ability to become enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is our key to success and happiness by generating positive thinking, positive reinforcement and positive action!

If you are reading and thinking “oh dread—that’s work!” I can feel you on that. I believe the truth of the matter lies in the implication and not the actualization. That seems to be where Adder minds get stuck the most is with an implication to start something of no interest and we hit the break without intending to and therefore find ourselves stuck. Cultivating enthusiasm can change everything! When we have enthusiasm, the good old fashioned kind, we can do anything, the implication that anything is ‘work’ vanishes and Hyper-Focusing takes its place. Hyper-Focusing is a good place to be, it is our supreme oasis of pleasure—it is where we can accomplish anything. Once you find enthusiasm, the real kind, the kind that vibrates through your entire being, everything becomes possible.

Enthusiasm creates interest, even in the most mundane of projects like raking the yard, taking out the trash, or my personal not so favorite, washing the dishes. The good news is that enthusiasm can be learned, cultivated and used. You can create your own enthusiasm for anything. Yes—anything! Here’s how:

Do whatever you’ve got to do, be it work, hobby or whatever, do it to impress. Our natural state as Adders is to act and react to positive feedback and rewards, so I propose not to fight our natural tendency, but rather use it to get the most out of ourselves. Be impressive all of the time, no matter what you are doing just keep in mind that you want to be impressive. Careful, I am not writing to be arrogant! No, no, that will counter any impressive intent. Arrogance is not impressive—trust me, I know. Simply accomplishing a job or task can be impressive. Accomplishing a job or task better than you have in the past is even more impressive. I do my best work when I work to be impressive and my Hyper-Focus turns on as quickly as a light bulb.


More on this to come!!


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