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Next think of bigger events - a job, a project at work, a holiday, a relationship or friendship where things didn't turn out well. What thoughts went through your mind or could have been going through your mind? How did you feel? Write it down. It's useful to remember these four focus center turn ons: personal interest, novelty, challenge, deadline. Then we can use them to help ourselves focus and get some things done. Sometimes I use them to play mind games with myself, which I'll discuss later. There are ways to trick my brain into focusing. What are the effects of having ADD? Our life is difficult, often frustrating, often pressured, and sometimes miserable. It's no fun spending fifteen minutes searching for my car keys, and not finding them, and then having to ask my wife to find them and then having her aggravated with me because I've lost them again. And that's only a trivial problem. We have trouble with keeping appointments, being on time, meeting deadlines, organizing, getting things done, losing things. As a consequence we have trouble holding jobs or staying married. We tend to feel depressed and we have a high tendency to develop alcohol and drug problems. My personal addiction happens to be food. It used to also be computer games. When we identify a problem, something that makes our lives more difficult and less productive, or that adds to the pile of minor irritations, like my always losing my keys, for example, then we come up with a strategy to help. Then we keep applying that strategy and make it a rule (except that we keep forgetting to apply it, of course, because we have ADD). But we just keep applying the strategy when we can remember, and eventually it becomes a habit.

That means we don't have to remember it or think about it anymore; it's just a habit. Then we can pick another problem to work on. We can only work on one or two problems at a time, though. ADD causes us lots of problems, small and large. Strategies help, especially once we make them habits. We can deliberately choose problems to work on, one or two at a time, and overcome the difficulty. Think about the last time you experienced an aha moment. How did it affect your thinking? What were the actions that followed? In your personal binder, start writing your thoughts by answering the following questions. Remember to take all the time you need. This is your journey and your life. All of these body changes can motivate you to do something different. For example, if you sit for a long time, you may notice unpleasant sensations in your lower body such as pressure or numbness. These sensations make you want to change positions in order to let blood flow back to these areas. If a person has a spinal cord injury and is not able to feel these sensations, what can happen? Blood flow can be cut off for a long time, and this can cause damage to the tissues. The message of pain is an important reminder to change behaviours that may cause harm. Each of these parts of the nervous system play a different role in sending and interpreting any danger messages received from the body or from the outside world. Imagine that you have just pricked your finger with something sharp.

This pain information travels through the nervous system in five steps. The image below shows how the pain signal travels through the nervous system. Each step will be explained in more detail. Pain sensors are activatedThe feeling of pain begins when tiny sensors at the ends of neurons (nerve cells) notice signs of potential danger. These sensors are always on alert for changes that could mean that the body has been injured or is at risk of injury. As the sharp object starts pressing on the finger, "danger" sensors that pick up changes in mechanical force begin to notice that something is happening. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, here's a short summary of preventative measures to help you avoid stumbling on the road to productivity: Do you find that you talk nicer to the people around you, than you talk to yourself? Since many habitual procrastinators routinely put themselves down, if you want to stop procrastinating, you may not only need to start acting in new ways but you may also need to stop thinking in old ways. Give yourself a break and treat yourself with the kindness that you deserve. Have you ever seen an old painting that was then set in a different frame? If so, you likely saw details in the picture that you had not previously noticed. However, the painting didn't change--only the frame did. In the same way, how we look at something is just as important as what we choose to look at. If a task seems horrendous, try to reframe it. For example: If a tax payment deadline has you down, think of how you'd like your tax money spent, and consider that by getting your return filed, you're helping that part of the system that you like to make this a better place. Sometimes, that's all it takes to get your gears in motion. Keep that in mind and give re-framing a try if you find yourself suck in the mud. In the past, I saw the road ahead of me as a path consisting of tasks, obstacles, obligations, and other barriers that all vied for my free time. Today, I now know that no matter what may lay head of me, I can only deal with one task at a time; so, I've learned to change my perspective. I only write down what I need to do, and then I concentrate on just that one task, until it's been completed.

And while I'm at work on that task, I try not to burden my mind with other concerns, because I've found the more I concentrate on a task, the quicker it generally goes, with less chance of making an error along the way of completing it. Sometimes, when I feel under pressure, if I feel like saying to myself, How did I get into this situation?, I counter that thought by comically saying to myself, Poor old Dave! I've found that if I look for the absurd in a situation, it helps me snap out of self-centeredness and self-pity, and it puts me back in the larger world. Try it yourself. When did you recognize you were having an aha moment? How are you balancing work, family, and self-care? What activities spark your defining moments? How do you plan to create your me time? Have you experienced a missed opportunity because you did not take action when you had an aha moment? What was it? Do you believe that aha moments spark your creative energy? If so, describe your life-defining moments. Have you discovered your divine purpose and life mission due to an aha moment? If so, how did you discover it, and what is your divine purpose? Have you ever had an aha moment about facing something that you fear? If so, what did you fear? And what was your defining moment? What is your passion? What is your soul calling you to do? What was the aha moment that allowed you to tap into your deep beauty and inner worth?

And what was the outcome of your defining moment? What actions have you taken in response to an aha moment? How did those actions turn out? Think of an upcoming event that you're feeling unsure about; something you've got to do, somewhere you've got to go, someone you have to talk to, people you've got to meet. Whatever it is, what are your thoughts about it? Think of something good coming up; meeting up with friends, a holiday or a family celebration, for example. What thoughts and feelings do you have about it? Are they mostly positive or negative? Again, write them down. Think of something you would like to do in future - travel somewhere, follow an interest or hobby, change your career direction, leave a job or relationship - but haven't done yet. Write down your thoughts and feelings about it. About the model airplanes: in those days, you got a kit with instructions, some plans on tissue paper, more tissue paper, and some very light soft wood, balsa. You laid the plans on the wood and cut it, carefully and precisely, with a sharp Xacto knife. Then you glued it together precisely and carefully according to the instructions and waited patiently for it to dry. Then you carefully stretched the thin paper over it, wet it so it would shrink, and you waited patiently for that to dry. Then you put on a rubber band motor or a small gas motor and it would fly! I could buy the kit, but what I was lacking was the "carefully", the "precisely", the ability to follow the directions, and above all, the "patiently". Just couldn't do it. So I bought ship kits and made ships instead. Guess what?