With ADHD comes a whole lot of frustration. I sometimes feel like I am running the same race as the rest of the world, and I am perfectly capable of running well, but somehow I ended up with a really terrible pair of running shoes…in fact, I wouldn’t even call them running shoes..they are more like stilts…on wheels. Except, no one can see them, so it’s very difficult for anyone to understand how and why I managed to roll right off track and into the busy highway!
But when you look beneath the symptoms (forgetfulness, difficulty focusing and paying attention) there are some pretty unique and fascinating qualities that many people with ADHD have in common. One of my favorites would have to be…Intuition!
ADHD is an extremely paradoxical condition. We have a hard time focusing and an even harder time breaking our intense focus. Stimulants calm us down. We can’t remembered where we put our keys, but we can recall complete conversations we’ve had 20 years ago..verbatim. And, while we seemingly miss so much detail..we are actually taking SO much information in! We are like sponges, absorbing our surroundings, soaking up an overwhelming amount of details; sounds, moods, facial expressions, mannerisms, etc. which as you can probably imagine, is rather….distracting! However, this also allows us the ability to pick up on the kinds of things that most people don’t even notice.
It connects us to people on a much deeper level because we are so tuned in to their feelings, their thoughts, their emotions. We are acutely aware of the “more than meets the eye”
This is a gift that makes us great friends, great partners, and incredible parents. We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of the people in our world. We can recognize the pain of others and we handle them with care and help them to heal. We can make people feel understood, less alone, and validated.
We can also usually tell when people are being dishonest or “putting on an act.” Our intuition can guide us in our relationships and protect us from being taken advantage of, both personally and professionally. It makes us great leaders because it enables us to get in the heads of others. We understand how people operate and what motivates them. We are able to predict what actions will generate certain responses.
Intuition is being able to see the bigger picture. This makes us excellent problem solvers. We see beyond what is in front of us and can move toward finding creative solutions to complicated issues in our lives or businesses. This is a big reason why ADHDers make some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs.
How do you harness your intuition?
What are your favorite ADHD traits to appreciate?