Sarah Shore, MS

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You...are NOT alone.

ADHD CoachingI mention this because recently I had a surprising experience. 

I’ve always been a fan of sharing my life with others.  On the scale of openness--guardedness, I’m pretty much an open book.  So I was caught off guard when a great candidate for my group coaching program wanted to drop out. 

I knew she would get a ton out of the program and really benefit from it, both personally and professionally.  But she was afraid she would not be anonymous. 

She feared she would be identifiable by the other participants and that fear made her drop out before she even got started.  

There are lots of people struggling with the exact issues you are struggling with.  Thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe more. 

I’m not just talking about sticking to a monthly budget or juggling the responsibilities of home and work.  I’m talking about things most non-ADHDers take for granted, like:

  • maintaining a clear path from your bedroom door to your bed
  • being able to schedule more than one thing in any given day
  • trusting yourself to wake up when you have an important meeting in the morning
  • not just flaking out and missing work for one day, two days, two weeks
  • creating and following any semblance of a routine
  • following a to do list (not making one,  we all know how easy that is, but following one)

The list could go on.  But let’s just say you pretty much consider yourself the bottom of the barrel when it comes to organization, time management, focus, productivity, and tidiness.  Well, you are not alone.  That’s why a group program can be so effective.  You can achieve your goals more easily and more quickly when you work in a group. 

Let’s go over some boring facts about working with a group of peers (peers = people who are daily dealing with the same stuff you are dealing with when it comes to managing your time, tasks, self, and stuff).    

Things happen when people work together.  You’ve seen this before, right?  Skyscrapers, heart surgery, tug of war…a group of people working together can do amazing things.  When you sign up for group coaching, there are a dozen factors at play that help drive your results.  Here’s a partial list:

  1. You recognize you are not alone.  You see that others share similar thoughts, feelings, and problems.  How reassuring!
  2. You get to help others.  By offering your feedback and encouragement, you gain a boost to your own self-esteem.  It feels good to help others!
  3. You start to feel hopeful.  Seeing other people with similar problems experience success gives you feelings of optimism.  It is all possible for you too!
  4. Wealth…of information.  A wealth of information is available to you in a group program: the advice and feedback of your peers and your coach can be priceless.
  5. You gain insight.  Start figuring out your own motivation, behavior, and emotions.  Insight helps you figure out what changes to make to be more effective and get more of what you want.  Sounds good to me.

If you’re hesitant to enter a group coaching program, I wish I could wave a magic wand and ease your concerns.  I wish you could know how supportive and helpful your peers will be once you meet them.  I wish I could take away the feelings of vulnerability and self-doubt you might feel.  But there’s only one way to get there from here…

Jump right in and do it anyway.  You’ll be glad you did.  

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