Building confidence with ADHD
One of the fundaments of any success is confidence. For those adults living with ADHD, this can be a very important first step in discovering how to approach living with the traits associated with ADHD.
Take a look at the list of 10 strategies that you can influence your personal level of confidence. Remember: living with ADHD is all about discovering your brand of excellence.
10 Ways to Build Confidence
1. Know your worth
People that are known to have self-confidence have a real sense of their self-worth. This is an essential factor, a sort of prerequisite to be confident in other areas of life.
Take a moment to look at the most important areas of your life and define your value in those areas. For example, when you analyse your job or career, take an honest assessment of what it is that you do really well and know what that value is to the organization you work for. The key to confidence building is being able to see your strengths and virtues in different situations.
2. Know what you want
Successful people tend to have clearly defined strategies for what they want. Taking the time to outline goals and defining a pathway to those goals is one of the ways to building confidence for adults living with ADHD. Create small, attainable goals for yourself and work every day to complete them. This works well because you will build momentum as you accomplish goals those. As a result, you will use the successes from previous accomplishments to fuel future success.
3. Build positive social network
Successful people know that it is important to surround yourself with individuals who can provide positive reinforcement, support and real friendship. Socialize with individuals that uplift you and add value to your life unconditionally.
4. Be the student
In confidence building, it is important to find the time to constantly learn. Adults who have ADHD enjoy discovering new ideas and new information. Having a mindset of the ‘student’ allows you to build your confidence by becoming aware of your world through learning.
5. Judge the cover of your book
The way you dress says a lot about you. One of the best ways to project a confident self-image is to improve to your personal appearance. Be sure that you are clean, neat and well-dressed so you can be viewed as a more confident person by others.
6. Failure is the start, not the finish
Take a scientific approach to failures. Successful people use failure as an opportunity to learn on their mistakes and use it as a lesson for the future. They then use the experience from failure to develop a new strategy. Adults with ADHD can find failures to be a real obstacle to success. However, if you can learn how to reprocess failure, you can accomplish any goal. Remember: failure is just a part of the learning process.
Find some fitness routine that you can incorporate as a standard part of your life. Having a exercise program that you adhere to is vitally important to overall well-being. For adults with ADHD it is also one of the best ways to manage symptoms.
8. Acknowledge your strengths
Everyone has something that they do well. The best way to start your confidence building is by focusing on the things that you do well. Establish your strengths, choose one and show off! This can take on many different forms. For example, one of the best ways is teaching someone something that you are good at. You can gain new perspective by getting feedback from the people you teach too.
9. Expand you horizons with care
It is very important to be aware of the world around you. It is also important to limit the amount of negative information that comes your way. Take the time to read about or discover interesting people places and things.
Start with city and state that you live in and expand from there. As you travel, you will meet different people and discover new ways of living. It will all become a part of your unique view of the world.
10. Do something outside of your comfort zone
One of the best ways to expand your confidence is looking at those things that you are afraid of and doing them. You will find that practicing this approach will make it easier for you to do new and different things. It can be as simple as just trying something that you may not be good at. For example, go to public speaking class if you feel afraid of voicing your opinion in front of a crowd.
Work systematically on your confidence
Keep this list with you and use it as a guide on the process of confidence building. For adults living with ADHD self-confidence can be hard to come by and so being mindful of these 10 tips will help you stay on the path to discovering your brand of excellence.
However, confidence building is a long-term objective. It is important to have persistence in your actions, so you can build a robust self-confidence with a long-term effect.
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