Published on: November 29th, 2019
I’ve been creating content about ADHD for multiple years now.
I’ve interacted with thousands of people who are struggling badly with the downsides of ADHD.
In all of my interactions with people struggling with ADHD, mental pain is the one constant that just about everyone is dealing with in one form or another.
Everyone is dealing with mental pain…
If you’re dealing with mental pain, this is just part of the human experience.
This is life on planet Earth. I love you. I care about you.
But dealing with mental pain is nothing out of the ordinary.
You’re going to have to get tough.
Everyone is dealing with mental pain, and will continue to experience mental pain.
There’s just no escaping or avoiding pain in general.
This would be like trying to cheat Mother Nature herself.
Besides pain, the other constant I’ve noticed in people with ADHD is mental imprisonment.
Mental pain stems from mental imprisonment.
People with ADHD are tricked into creating their own mental prisons. This is probably because life is just plain tough.
I’m not blaming people with ADHD by the way. People with ADHD are not at fault here.
None of this is your fault.
But over the last 5 or so years, I’ve realized it’s best to embrace the mentally painful aspects of life, and break free from the mental prison you’ve built.
The people who are capable of handling the most mental pain often reap the biggest rewards in life
Think about all the people who step into the public spotlight like professional athletes, actors and politicians.
These people are constantly under immense amounts of pressure, mental pain and yes, even suffering.
Many of these people are even celebrities with ADHD.
These people must learn to become high-performers, as they’re forced to deal with an immense amount of pressure and mental pain on a daily basis.
Or else they break.
These people are eventually rewarded tremendously for their ability to handle immense amounts of stress, uncertainty and mental pain.
Push the limits of how much mental pain you can handle each day
The human mind and body is capable of handling extreme amounts of stress, pressure and uncertainty.
You’re likely nowhere near approaching the limit of what your mind and body are capable of.
If the human brain had a speedometer, the average person “drives” their brain to the 35MPH line every day.
This is like the average person’s baseline.
The vast majority of people are casually cruising through life as if they’re never going to die!
In reality, you could rev your “engine” (ADHD brain) to run at 75MPH 5 days a week for the next 10 years, and you’d most likely still be perfectly healthy afterwards.
This is assuming you continue to eat a healthy ADHD diet, exercise and socialize with other healthy individuals.
And after 10 years of embracing mental pain and blasting out creative mental energy in a way that rewards you over the long-term, you will arrive at the dream-like reality you’ve always wanted.
At the end of the day, there’s one simple question you need to answer to:
Are you imprisoned or are you taking action?
This question was originally posed by the famous author Dan Kennedy in one of my favorite books called The Ultimate Success Secret.
The Ultimate Success Secret really comes down to whether you choose to remain imprisoned for the rest of your life, or take relentless action in a direction that rewards you over the long-term.
I wrote another article about The Ultimate Success Secret right here on ADHDBoss.com because the question “are you imprisoned or taking action?” is one of the most profound insights that has had a genuine impact on my quality of life.
Here’s another question for you.
Are you ready for a little bit of harsh reality?
At least 80% of people with ADHD ultimately choose to remain imprisoned rather than take action
This is the honest truth.
It’s hard to hear. I know.
But here’s the good news…
Every once in a while, I come across someone with ADHD who fully embraces mental pain, takes relentless action in pursuit of their life’s vision, and continuously tears down the mental prison that has been holding them hostage.
This is how I know it’s possible for people with ADHD to embrace mental pain, take relentless action, and kick butt in life.
I’ve seen it happen many times before.
I know it’s possible.
But most importantly, I need you to know this is possible.
I need you to know that it’s possible for you to embrace mental pain and take relentless action in pursuit of your life’s vision no matter how long this process takes you.
Your mind, soul and body are capable of so much more than you’ve been led to believe.
It’s time to dream big, start embracing mental pain, and never allow ADHD to be used as an excuse that prevents you from living your dream life.
Article Action Steps:
- Answer truthfully: As of today, are you imprisoned or taking action?
- If you’re imprisoned, write a few sentences explaining why you believe you’re imprisoned
- If you’re taking action, make sure to reward yourself for this, and prepare to take 10x more action in alignment with your life’s vision
- Understand that humans are capable of handling incredible amounts of stress and mental pain, and you’re likely nowhere near approaching your actual mental limitations in life