I have decided that Attention Deficit Disorder is not exactly descriptive of how we experience life.
We pay plenty of attention. That’s actually part of the problem – we pay attention to everything all at once.
The real problem is not attention; it’s action, or lack thereof.
ADD should stand for Action Deficit Disorder, not Attention Deficit Disorder.
We read that we should have fish oil in our diet, so we rush out and buy some. And we take it; for about 3 days. Then we forget. Now and then we say, “I should really be taking that fish oil”, but do we? Not so much.
Or we see a TV show about organizing your kitchen and think “wow – great idea”. Then we go buy the stuff we need, tear the kitchen apart, and organize maybe one cupboard before we’re off to the next great thing.
Are you seeing a pattern here?
Or maybe we hear about how good yoga is for ADHD, and we think “I should try that”, but we never do.
Do you see?
We don’t have trouble paying attention; we have trouble taking action and continuing to take action until the job is done.
We hate that we have a messy house or a cluttered purse or whatever, but what do we actually do about it? Collecting all the great ideas in the world isn’t half as effective as getting one mediocre idea and putting it to use.
Action, not attention. That’s the answer.