Obstacles to Unleashing Your Creative Genius

creativegeniusUnleashing your creative genius takes time and energy. You have amazing ideas. They’re creative, out-of-the-box and so crazy they just might work, if only…

As an entrepreneur, adult with ADHD or other creative genius, you don’t lack imagination. I’m convinced that a creative genius or, even two or three, already have the solutions to many of the world’s problems, but they just can’t seem to bring them to fruition. One of the biggest regrets my clients share with me when we first meet is, “I feel I have so much potential, but I can’t seem to execute any of my brilliant ideas.”

The sad part is that not only are you missing out on a more fulfilling life but the world, your community, your family and your friends are also missing out on everything you have to contribute.
You’re so busy making a living, keeping your job, saving your marriage, staying out of trouble, the list goes on… that you just don’t have the time and energy required to realize your creative projects. Paradoxically, your ADD brain, provides you with the flow of ideas that lead to unconventional creativity, but also creates the obstacles that prevent you from bringing them to fruition.

To accomplish your projects, you need:

  • To conserve energy so you have some left over at the end of the day to implement your ideas;
  • To organize your time so you are able to allocate time to work on them;
  • To create a better environment (physical, financial, social, family, body, etc) to support you;
  • To recognize and develop your strengths and minimize the impact of your weaknesses;
  • To manage your projects by creating systems and habits that will allow you to accomplish even the most boring task to make your creative ideas happen; and
  • To overcome procrastination.

My clients and I work on together these areas. You bring the creative genius, and I offer the focus, action and success. :). Hey, I like that!

In a few days, I’ll provide some ideas on how you can accomplish these things and allow your projects to see the light of day.

Now, how can you use this information today?

  • First, identify the obstacles that keep you from moving forward with your projects.
  • Second, consider what first two or three steps you can take to meet one of these needs.


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5 Reasons to Unleash Your Creative Genius – Part 2

ADHDers aspire to more than they often achieve. Unleash your creative genius.Earlier this week I published Part 1 of the 5 reasons to unleash your Creative Geniuses. ADHDers and other Creative Geniuses spend so much time and energy at work, they have little left for anything but family, and even that’s on back order. We discussed the importance of working with your strengths and passion as a way of crafting an amazing life. Here are other compelling reasons why you must unleash your creative genius.

3) You’ll reach your full potential
“Be all you can be” is more than just a U.S. Army recruiting slogan. People have different strengths and talents. The truly successful discover their special ability and pursue that one thing with unerring diligence until they are the best at it that they can possibly be. Your potential for greatness lies not in struggling to improve your areas of weakness, but is found in developing your strengths, talents and passions.

Working to overcome your weaknesses saps your energy. Unleashing your Creative Genius energizes you, allowing you to make huge strides in your areas of strengths. The thrill of pushing the envelope of your own abilities and always striving to reach just a little higher is far more enjoyable than the nagging disappointment you feel when you suspect you’re capable of more.

4) The world needs your talents and strengths
The world is in serious trouble and we need your help. Right now, thousands of gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico daily, global warming is a dangerous reality, millions of people are without food, water or medical services and war rages in many areas of the world.

I’m not implying that you put on your mask and cape and save the world, but we need the strengths and talents of every Creative Genius to help find solutions to problems.

5) Someone inspired you – pay it forward and inspire others
It’s rare to turn on the TV or open the newspaper to discover good news. The media focuses on bad news in the form of disasters, crime and corruption. If you’ve been inspired to unleash your Creative Genius, please “pay it forward” and provide the inspiration for another Creative Genius who’s struggling to fit in rather than standing tall and standing out.

And because your deserve more, here’s a bonus reason you must unleash your Creative Genius:

6) The world needs more passion!
The world needs your passion. Nothing is more contagious than a smile on the face of someone passionately pursuing a dream they believe in. It seems each year brings the threat of some new pandemic, but imagine what would happen if this caught on instead!

So what are you waiting for? Unleash your Creative Genius!

You may be ready and willing to unleash your Creative Genius but lack the tools to manage the mental and physical energy required to get there. That’s why I created The 10 ADHD Productivity Myths, Busted! report, a free report with implementation email series to help you discover how to achieve this.

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5 Reasons to Unleash Your Creative Genius – Part 1

Surprised woman looking up with white backgroundCreative Geniuses (AKA ADHDers) often work undercover. Sometimes, you’re so well disguised you don’t even recognize your own inner Genius yearning for freedom. Of course, it can be hard to recognize your Creative Genius if you’ve spent many years ignoring it, tamping it down or covering it up so as to fit in with “normal” people.

As a Creative Genius, your brilliance lies in your non-conformity, but throughout history, non-conformists have been ridiculed, labeled as heretics, imprisoned or worse. Your parents, your friends and your school have invested tremendous effort to mould you, make you conform and teach you to do things the way everyone else does. Since the goal is standardization, they give no consideration to the effectiveness of this approach.

Little wonder many Creative Geniuses find themselves working in jobs they hate, doing things they aren’t particularly good at and expending enormous effort to overcome their weaknesses. You know (or at least suspect) you’d be much happier, and you’d probably be far more effective, if only you felt free to do what you really love and do it in a way that works for you, “acceptable” or not.

Many Creative Geniuses desperately want to explore and develop their talents, but find that when trying to keep up on the treadmill of life takes everything you have, there’s no time or energy left to even think about let alone make a change. Exhausted, sometimes it’s easier to blame your responsibilities and commitments to your job and family for your inability to pursue your passion or to explore and develop your strengths and talents.

But rather than blame anyone, consider instead that it is your responsibility to yourself and to your family to live your best life, to inspire, to motivate and to lead your family. And the best way to lead is by example. You will succeed when you pursue your passion, doing things your own way and creating in the way only you can. Even better, you will show (instead of just telling) your children that they too can live a successful life, not by conforming but by standing out, not by playing it safe but by throwing themselves wholeheartedly into life.

What better lesson could you teach your children, and who better to teach that most important of all lessons than a Creative Genius?
Here are five more reasons why you must unleash you Creative Genius:

1) It’s great to be great
You’re a Creative Genius, but when you don’t work with your strengths, you’re sapping all your greatness as surely as if you were Superman carrying a pocketful of kryptonite. Work with your strengths and reclaim your Creative Genius status. Instead of worrying about fitting in, you’ll shine, and when you shine, you share the best of yourself with your family and the world.

2) You can only truly be happy when pursuing your passion
Nothing is more motivating, energizing and inspiring than pursuing your passion. Little wonder since your passions are where your Creative Genius lies. No one is happier than a person striving for greatness while chasing a dream that ignites his or her passions. What’s more, happiness attracts happiness; your happiness grows exponentially, and your happiness rubs off on the people around you.

Many of my coaching clients struggle with the decision to strike out in a new direction in life. They fear leaving the status, perks and big money their unfulfilling career provided, assuming that pursuing their passion means abandoning those things. Passion and profits are not mutually exclusive, but while you may lose some of those things, you’ll gain a huge amount of satisfaction and joy in your life.

Continue to Part 2

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What on Earth Is a Creative Genius Coach?

I’ve been coaching ADHD adults for five years. I’ve been married to an ADHDer for 26 years, and I raised a daughter with ADHD as well. However, you may have noticed that in my recent articles, I’ve begun to use “Creative Genius” rather than ADHD when I describe my clients. I’m even changing the name of my blog to “Unleash Your Creative Genius.”

I’m not changing my coaching clientele, so you might wonder why I would change the name of my blog. It was not an easy decision, but I feel it’s the right one. I’ve always preferred to define things by what’s right rather than by focusing on what’s wrong. As your coach, I must believe in your abilities. After all, there will be times, especially early in our relationship, when I’ll be the only one who does! Your family may doubt you, your boss may doubt you, your friends may doubt you… and you’ll almost certainly doubt yourself. You’ll appreciate having someone in your corner.

I have no problem being in your corner. When I work with my clients, I am constantly amazed by your positive characteristics – your ability to hyperfocus, your passion and excitement (for just about everything!), your astonishing creativity – and I choose to focus on those positive traits rather than on your occasional distractibility, your forgetfulness or your struggle to follow through on projects.

I am not minimizing the impact of ADHD on the adults who live with it or on their families. Nor am I trying to “pretend it doesn’t exist.” I speak from personal experience when I describe the devastating effects ADHD has had on my daughter and on my husband. I would never deny that without the right help and knowledge, life with ADHD is something to endure rather than enjoy.

However, what you focus on grows. If you focus on the problems of ADHD, you’ll have more problems. However, if you focus on developing your strengths and talents, forget about trying to fit in and throw yourself wholeheartedly into the pursuit of your passion, you’ll soon discover that, ADHD or not, you have many positive traits. Focus on those and guess what grows?!

Watching my husband transform from a struggling project manager to a successful vice-president was astounding, and the inspiration for me becoming an ADHD coach. Five years of working with ADHDers has confirmed that my husband’s story, while inspiring, was not unique. Many, if not most, adults “suffering from” ADHD are Creative Geniuses who simply have not yet tapped into their strengths. In a statement to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Michael Fitzgerald agreed, describing links between ADHD and creativity, risk-taking, and high levels of novelty seeking, the very characteristics that are the keys to success as an artist or entrepreneur!

I see the qualities of a Creative Genius every day in my clients, who yes, are ADHD adults, but who are also quite often artists, authors, inventors and/or entrepreneurs (as many as 50% of all entrepreneurs have ADHD, were diagnosed with ADHD as children or show many of the characteristics of ADHD adults). Your ability to hyperfocus on activities that truly interest you allows you to optimize learning, providing the perfect incubator for developing your Creative Genius. A quick look at some of the most creative people in almost any field today reveals that most share many ADHD traits, and more than a few have confirmed their diagnosis of ADHD.

Creative greats such as Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Enterprises), entrepreneur David Neeleman (founder, Jet Blue Airlines and inventor of the electronic airline ticket), TV handyman Ty Pennington (Extreme Home Makeovers), TV host Donny Deutsch (Big Ideas TV show), writer, actor and TV producer Rick Green (The Red Green Show, ADD and Loving It), award-winning actor Patrick McKenna (Traders,The Red Green Show, and ADD and Loving It) and Howie Mandel (Who Wants to Be A Millionaire) all use their great passion, energy, propensity for risk taking, creativity and their ability to hyperfocus to develop their talents with amazing results.

I have changed the name of my blog because, while I still help adults with ADHD overcome the negative impact of ADHD in their lives, I’m not coaching an ADHDer; I coach the Creative Genius that is within you.

Tell me what you think of this new direction.

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