For someone living with ADHD, their weaknesses can be discouraging, and in some cases, debilitating. We hope that’s not your only experience; in fact, we’ve written elsewhere that our desire is that families focus on identifying the strengths of your child with ADHD. But at the same time, we don’t want to ignore real ADHD weaknesses that affect people every day.
Why you need to understand ADHD weaknesses
Becoming aware of your weaknesses allows you to better understand yourself. This also allows you to get proper assistance. Furthermore, it helps you better communicate and get along with others. That said, it can be incredibly difficult to spend time on this particular aspect of who you are.
Questions to ask as you try to identify your ADHD weaknesses
As uncomfortable as this may be, we recommend you take time to consider where you are weakest. Be honest with yourself. There’s no reason to sugarcoat anything. Acknowledging your ADHD weaknesses is as critical as finding your strengths. Ask yourself:
- Where are my ADHD weaknesses in my relationships?
- Are my ADHD weaknesses affecting my learning?
- Where are my ADHD weaknesses hindering my job performance (if you have one)?
- What are the three most debilitating aspects that I wish I could change?
We recommend you write down your ADHD weaknesses. It may also be illuminating to ask a few people that you know and trust to tell you what they see as your greatest weaknesses.
What to do with your ADHD weaknesses as you identify them
Once you become aware of your weaknesses, you have three choices. First, you can ignore them. As you might have guessed, we don’t recommend anyone do this with their ADHD weaknesses. There is nothing wrong with weakness. It’s part of being human.
So, if we assume you aren’t going to ignore them, you have two other options for your ADHD weaknesses: you can choose to delegate them, or you can choose to develop them. And, honestly, unless you’re a person who can afford a full-time personal assistant for your entire life, delegation isn’t usually an option.
Since most of us do not have the luxury of delegating, developing our ADHD weaknesses is the way to go. This takes hard work, but the payoff can be tremendous. For an example of what developing your weaknesses can do, consider Pele. He was a world famous soccer player, and much of his success was because he forced himself to kick with his weaker leg until both legs had equal ability.
Today, we just want you to answer one simple question about how you are going to develop your ADHD weaknesses: what one thing could you do in the next 3 months that could make a 50% difference on one area of your weaknesses?
If you do that thing, you can expect to see results.
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