Last updated: November 27th, 2019
ADHD is a challenging condition to live with. But, I don’t even have to tell you that it’s possible to live a beautiful life with ADHD.
Celebrities like Michael Phelps, Channing Tatum, and Simone Biles have already proven that it’s possible to live any sort of lifestyle that you want when you have ADHD.
You can achieve as much as you want to. There are no limitations.
On the other hand, you might find satisfaction in simply having a good job, good relationships, and plenty of fun in your life. That’s perfectly fine too.
But, there is one thing that all people with ADHD share in common:
People with ADHD have to navigate life a little bit differently than most.
So, this article gives you an ADHD-friendly “road map” which shows you how to create (and fulfill) a vision for your life in 5 simple steps.
Let’s get started…
Step 1. Visualize your perfect day
If you see it in your head, you’re going to see it before your eyes – Conor McGregor
Professional athletes, artists, business owners, and leaders all use the power of visualization to see the end-result that needs to be accomplished.
In your case, your end-result is going to be your “perfect day”.
You’ll want to take a few minutes (now is great) to visualize a perfect day in your life.
If you need help visualizing a perfect day for your life, just ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want to wake up close to a beach, in the mountains, or in a bustling city?
- What type of people do you want to surround yourself with?
- What type of food do you want to eat?
- Who do you want to wake up next to?
Answering these types of questions will give you a much clearer idea of the “perfect day” in your life.
But, it’s up to you to create this unique vision of your perfect day, and never forget it.
And remember that it’s never too late to create a vision for your life. But, you do need to visualize your perfect day as soon as possible, because the clock is ticking.
Step 2. Create a road map that leads you to your life’s vision
Creating a road map that leads you to your life’s vision is a lot like playing a game of “connect the dots”.
Because, once you’ve visualized what your perfect day looks like, you’ll need to come up with a strategy to make your life’s vision a reality.
> How are you going to live the life that you envision?
> What steps must you take to make your life’s vision a reality?
> How are you going to make it from ‘point A’ to ‘point B’?
You must simply figure out a way to make your vision a reality regardless of what it takes.
You have one shot at life on Earth. So, you should hopefully aspire to do something valuable with your time.
Depending on the unique vision that you’ve set for your life, your unique road map might include:
- Getting a new job
- Starting a new business
- Moving across the country
- Moving to an entirely new country
- Going to the gym four times per week
- Going out with friends three times per week
- Joining different social groups on meetup.com
- Playing in a competitive sports league
Since I don’t know the exact vision that you’ve created for your life, it’s entirely up to you to create the roadmap that works best for your life.
Just make sure to double-check that your road map actually leads you to the “perfect day” that you envision for your life.
Note: There will always be some uncertainty involved when you’re creating a road map for your life. This is totally normal. No one has all the answers. Just try your best to create a roadmap that leads you to the vision that you’ve created for your life.
Step 3. Stay persistent and enjoy the process
This is where the power of ADHD hyperfocus comes into play.
Did you know that people with ADHD actually have a “gift” in the sense that you can become “obsessed” with following your destiny?
This is what people usually mean when they say that “ADHD is a gift”.
ADHD is a gift when it’s used to become obsessive about doing something that you actually care about doing.
In your case, you’re trying to fulfill a long-term goal of living an amazing life with ADHD (living out your “perfect day”).
So, I hope that you genuinely care about living out the perfect day that you’ve envisioned for your life.
Because, staying persistent can be a challenging process, especially with ADHD. You need all the intrinsic motivation and advantages that you can get.
And this is also why I recommend that you try your best to “enjoy the process” as much as possible.
You have to find enjoyment in the mundane things about life to keep things exciting, as you follow your unique road map.
Whether you’re working a new career, starting a business, forming new relationships, or traveling the world, just remember to stay persistent and enjoy the process as much as you can.
Step 4. Be accepting of life’s challenges (and always keep your life’s vision in mind)
As you know, life with ADHD is almost entirely about overcoming obstacles day by day.
ADHD is a major challenge on its own.
So, you will almost certainly face some serious challenges when it comes to pursuing your life’s vision.
There’s always a chance that you may encounter:
- Relationship issues
- Family problems
- Financial setbacks
- Health issues
Of course, I genuinely hope that everything is smooth sailing for you.
But, the reality is that life is usually loaded with obstacles that must be overcome.
This is just a 100% normal part of life that everyone must go through.
I’m not really a fan of cliche’s – but the truth is that you can’t have the good without the bad.
If you want awesome things to happen in your life, then it’s normal to undergo some extremely challenging times along the way.
In fact, some people believe that the amount of stress, pain and anxiety that you can handle is a good indicator of your future success.
I find this to be accurate based on my life experience, and the people who I’ve spoken with as well.
Just to be clear – stress, pain, and anxiety is not a good thing.
But, there’s almost always a “reward” to be had after experiencing these negative emotions, and persevering through life’s many challenges.
And most importantly, please always remember to keep your life’s vision in mind. If you can visualize and re-visualize your life’s vision over and over again, this will help you tremendously along the way.
Step 5. Live the life that you envision
If you’ve been able to successfully visualize your perfect day (your life’s vision), create a good road map, remain persistent, and adapt to life’s challenges, then you’ve given yourself an almost unbeatable strategy for living the life that you envision.
While it’s true that living your life’s vision is much easier said than done, it’s 100% possible for anyone to accomplish.
And, the best part is that simply knowing you’re on the right track in life is one of the absolute greatest feelings in the world.
Something really magical happens when you know that you’re taking the proper actions in your life that align with your life’s vision.
This is also referred to as “being congruent” or “living in congruence with who you really are as a person”.
If you can start by simply visualizing the future that you want, and then make some small changes in your life starting today, you’ll have a great shot at living out your dreams with ADHD.
Overall, here’s a quick recap of the steps that you need to take to create & fulfill your life’s vision with ADHD:
- Visualize your perfect day (create your life’s vision)
- Create the road map that leads you to your life’s vision
- Stay persistent and enjoy the process
- Be accepting of life’s challenges, and always keep your life’s vision in mind
- Live the life that you envision
It can take years to live the life that you envision.
Other times, living in congruence with your vision might just require a simple move across your city or state. This could take you just a few days to accomplish.
But, regardless of the unique vision that you’ve set for your life, I truly hope that you maintain the courage to live life the way that you want to live it.
Your statement that your life vision is attainable for everyone is misleading. Some of us have responsibilities we can’t just chuck and start over. I’m 67, my unsympathetic disabled veteran husband is 70, our disabled son is 40, and our grandson is 9. I am the one taking care of them, the house and lawn. All on a single retirement income. I just can’t drop it and go drink margaritas on a beach somewhere. Thanks for the article anyway. It was nice reading for those who can.