The Strategist

Light Up Your Concepts: How to Concentrate and Implement Your Ideas

10/29/2015 - 16:07

Famous psychiatrist and world-renowned expert on ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder), Edward M. Hallowell wrote a book "Driven to Distraction at Work". In the book, he tries to help all those who have forgotten what it means to be concentrated. Here are some of his tips on how not to suffer from skipping from one idea to another.

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Check the basic plan: how you are getting on with energy, emotion, passion, structure, control. Look what point in your case requires urgent attention. In most cases, the main problem of ADHD victims is related to the structure.

Write down your ideas. Carefully examine the list to find out what looks more inspiring to you. If you cannot decide, divide the list of the three points.

Next, create a structure that will help you make a decision first, and then put it into practice.

While you are about it, make a list of people who might be able to help: friends, professionals, colleagues, relatives, anyone - people who could and would like to help you. Problems with the leap from one idea can be amenable by collective efforts.

Consult with an expert in the field of entrepreneurship. At the same time, remember that there are no universal systems, ideal for everyone, and do not fall into self-deception, convincing yourself that you can make it by your own.

Together with a person who likes you and knows well, think about what obstacles might come into your way. Aren’t you afraid, for example, of success, because it is closely linked to negative feelings and dangers experienced in childhood?

Do not leave the game. Use willpower. Do not retreat out of fear of success and do not be afraid to hurt opponents. Many people are so afraid of their own forces that tend to pull back, but would not show what they are really capable of. Sometimes people are afraid that success will cause pain to someone. However, life is not a game with only one goal. Usually, if you manage to achieve a goal, it benefits a lot of people. And even if you win in direct competition, such as defeat an opponent in a tennis match, his fail turns into gaining experience, incentive to improve the game, and probably gives ability to spy on you for some of your techniques. In addition, game helps both of you improve your relationships. There is a well-known and absolutely right phrase: only someone who does not play really lose.

Resist the temptation to evaluate yourself too cheap. People tend to be much stronger than they think. When the author advised the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University, he came across five Nobel laureates. It turned out that many young doctors secretly believe they are unworthy to work in team. Sense of our own inconsistency is not a fact, it exists only in our heads.

Be joyful with your gift: you have a lot of ideas. You just have to engage the right contacts - there are many people who don’t have much of their own ideas, but they know how to implement someone else's - and then you'll see how a possibility comes into reality.

based on Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Edward M. Hallowell