Last updated on November 27th, 2019
Life is painful enough as it is. So, people with ADHD need every single advantage that’s available to them. Luckily, hyperfocus is one of the single greatest advantages that people with ADHD can use.
This article reveals the following important information:
- What hyperfocus means when you have ADHD
- Why hyperfocus is important to people with ADHD
- How to find out what makes you hyperfocus
- How to transform hyperfocus into an unfair advantage for your life
Make sure to read this article through to the very end, because this is a topic that will 100% change your life…
What hyperfocus means when you have ADHD
Have you ever been so consumed by an activity that you forgot to think?
If so, then you’re already familiar with what hyperfocus is. But, just to be clear:
Hyperfocus is the state that someone with ADHD enters when they’re so focused on what they’re doing, that they actually forget about everything else happening around them.
It sounds paradoxical, because most people assume that ADHD’ers have trouble paying attention. In reality, the opposite is true. People with ADHD will obsessively pay attention to the topics, ideas and activities that interest them…while ignoring just about everything else.
Hyperfocus (getting into a “flow state”) is probably the single most powerful ability that someone with ADHD can leverage as long as the hyperfocus is channeled in a positive direction.
So, while you might be dealing with various problems related to ADHD, please keep in mind that hyperfocus just might be your ticket to health, wealth, love, happiness, or whatever else you hope to achieve in your lifetime.
Hyperfocus is the unfair advantage that comes with having ADHD.
Why hyperfocus is important when you have ADHD
Hyperfocus is important when you have ADHD because it gives you legitimate hope.
It means there is something (or multiple things) out there that you enjoy doing, and will eventually succeed at pursuing.
This is really important for people with ADHD – who often feel like their entire life is just one big joke.
For example, if you’re a bad student academically, then you probably worry yourself to death about passing your classes. But, the truth is that most people with ADHD have an extremely difficult time with certain class subjects. This is just a sign that you shouldn’t pursue the school subjects that you aren’t interested in. There’s no need to worry.
(Sure, you might want to pass your classes. But, don’t trick yourself into believing that you need to be amazing at all of your school subjects).
Just forget about dedicating absurd amounts of time to the things in life that don’t matter to you.
The good news is that many people with ADHD also find that they’re extremely interested in certain subjects, hobbies, skills, creative art forms, and projects.
Once you discover whatever it is that constantly grabs your attention in life, and causes you to hyperfocus – that’s exactly what you need to pursue (in one form or another).
If you’re lucky enough to have ADHD and be obsessed with a productive area of hyperfocus, you can actually change your life in profound ways relatively quickly.
How to find out what makes you hyperfocus
In my early childhood, I could barely follow along in math class.
Math was always challenging to me, because either my ADHD or brain in general wasn’t a very good match for math. In fact, there were times when I had absolutely no clue what I was doing during math lessons and tests. I knew that my future wouldn’t involve much math (although I’m OK with math now).
But, when it came to creative writing, I was totally hooked.
I was obsessed with writing.
I could sense what my strengths were as early as the 5th grade, and I always knew that I’d need to pursue writing for a living.
The point is that when it comes to figuring out what makes you hyperfocus, there’s a good chance that you already know what it is.
Just follow your strengths.
Every single person with ADHD is really good at something.
And, there’s a good chance that you enter a state of hyperfocus whenever you’re engulfed in doing something that you’re really good at.
For example, many people with ADHD can enter a state of hyperfocus when they’re pursuing activities such as:
- Creating art
- Playing sports
- Building businesses
- Making music
- Taking leadership roles
Everyone with ADHD has a different set of strengths. So, it’s up to you to find out what your strengths are, and pinpoint exactly which of your strengths cause you to hyperfocus.
If you still have trouble figuring out what makes you hyperfocus, try answering these simple questions:
- What do you really do in your free time?
- When was the last time you forgot about time passing by (and what were you doing)?
- What projects have you worked on that received unbiased, positive praise from other people?
- In what areas of life do you generally excel at?
- What do other people tell you that you’re good at?
- Which websites do you browse most often, and why?
You have to be completely honest with yourself to discover whatever it is that makes you focus and forget about time.
But, if you’re able to look at your strengths objectively, and understand that your strengths usually lead to hyperfocus, you can accomplish unbelievable things in life. Even with ADHD.
How to transform hyperfocus into an unfair advantage for your life
Once you’ve discovered what truly causes you to hyperfocus, then you’ll be ready to create a powerful unfair advantage for your life:
Here are 5 real-world tips that you can use to make the most of your life’s unfair advantage:
Tip 1. Prioritize whatever makes you hyperfocus
If you want to live a fulfilling lifestyle with ADHD, then you’ll need to prioritize whatever it is that causes you to enter a state of hyperfocus.
This is really, really important, because people with ADHD need to capitalize on every advantage that’s available to them!
For best results, you should actually prioritize what makes you hyperfocus when you’re dealing with all major aspects of life.
- Can you build a cool business out of your hyperfocus? (people with ADHD frequently become great entrepreneurs)
- Are you willing to dedicate at least a little bit of time every day to doing whatever causes you to hyperfocus?
- Can you wake up a little early before work to spend some time working on what causes you to hyperfocus?
You can prioritize whatever makes you hyperfocus as little or as much as you like.
This mostly comes down to how badly you want to succeed through your hyperfocus while dealing with ADHD.
In some cases, you might just want to casually pursue your hyperfocus as a side hobby or form of entertainment.
If you want to live a really interesting life with ADHD, then you might want to make your entire life revolve around whatever causes you to hyperfocus.
You’re in charge of your life. So, it’s entirely up to you to decide how much you want to prioritize what makes you hyperfocus.
Tip 2. Optimize your life around the thing that makes you hyperfocus
If making films causes you to hyperfocus, then you’ll want to move to a city like Los Angeles or New York City.
If you love fitness, then you might want to wake up at 4:30 A.M. every morning to train.
This tip might seem a little elementary.
But, you’d be surprised at how many people say they want to hyperfocus on becoming a YouTuber (for example), and then never upload more than a few videos to YouTube.
You see this all the time with bloggers like myself, too! There are millions of blogs on the internet that have only published one article. When in reality, most successful bloggers have published hundreds or even thousands of articles before achieving some success.
So, if you want to create a really unfair advantage for your life, then you’ll want to optimize your life around actually doing the thing that makes you hyperfocus.
Sounds a little bit obsessive, right? Good! That’s how people with ADHD truly get what they want out of life. If you work hard for whatever it is that you want, you can achieve it. But, you’ll have to fine-tune the details of your life so that you can hyperfocus on your strengths each and every day.
Tip 3. Eat, sleep and exercise well
I frequently emphasize the importance of eating, sleeping, and exercising well on ADHD Boss.
But, I’ll give you a brief breakdown of my personal methodology for eating, sleeping and exercising well:
Eat high-quality food like your life depends on it. The quality of the food that you consume almost always dictates your “life force”. People who eat plenty of vegetables, lean meats, fish, fruits and nuts tend to look and feel really good. Eating high-quality food also provides an amazing source of lasting mental and physical energy to get through the week. This will only help you as you pursue what makes you hyperfocus.
Sleep as often as you can. In my experience, people with ADHD need more sleep than average. Getting high-quality sleep will enhance your life. Don’t worry, you aren’t going to miss out on much by sleeping for 8.5 hours rather than 6 hours. In fact, when you get adequate sleep, you’ll actually be able to think more clearly, and pursue your life’s hyperfocus with more energy.
Go to the gym four times per week (less if you’re new to exercising, more if you’re an experienced athlete). Exercise also adds to the energy that you’re able to dedicate to your life’s hyperfocus. When you exercise consistently, you’ll feel more confident, look healthier, and enjoy a tighter grip over your ADHD symptoms as well.
Tip 4. Connect with people who share whatever causes you to hyperfocus
One of the most powerful things that you can do in life is connect with other people who share whatever causes you to hyperfocus.
If you think that you’re really good at something, just connect with a group of people who share your expertise, and you’ll immediately see how much room you have to improve!
This is why it’s always smart to be “the dumbest person in the room”.
Surrounding yourself with high-quality people who share your same strengths will force you to grow as a human being.
- To become a better person with ADHD, you should join an ADHD success and support program such as ADHD VISION
- If you’re obsessed with martial arts, then you should join the best dojo you can find
- To become a successful business person, you should join a mastermind group of entrepreneurs who have proven their worth
- If you’re an artist, then you should spend more time chatting with creative types
Life doesn’t have to be an independent journey. Especially when you’re dealing with a condition as significant as ADHD.
As a growth-oriented person, I’ve always felt happiest while pushing myself towards some sort of vision in the company of like-minded people.
There’s a very good chance that you will benefit from putting yourself in a similar situation.
Tip 5. Just stay persistent
At the end of the day, I’ve found that living a great life with ADHD is almost entirely about staying persistent at whatever causes you to enter a state of hyperfocus.
People with ADHD need to understand that being persistent at something that causes you to hyperfocus is the closest thing to a “secret” that there ever will be.
Hyperfocus and persistence are the two most important “assets” that I rely on to live my life. I’m not exaggerating.
If you can maintain hyperfocus and persistence while working towards some greater vision for your life, then 90% of the hard work will be taken care of for you.
And that’s the #1 secret to creating an unfair advantage with ADHD.
If you already know what makes you hyperfocus, please leave your comment in the comments section below.
By sharing your story about what specifically makes you hyperfocus, you just might inspire someone else out there with ADHD to keep pushing forward.
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