How about simply BEING the best human that you can
A coaching client of mine in Europe touched me this week in a special way. He said that, when he feels frustrated about his ADD / ADHD, he regains inspiration from a poem called “Success,” attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
So often we judge our success or failure by our ability to achieve maximum productivity or earning money. So when ADD / ADHD traits get in the way of that on any given day, the day is considered a “failure.” Of course, having goals and reaching them is worthwhile, Making money is important for security and allows you to pay for things you enjoy. But it’s up to YOU to choose how you define your life and your success on earth.
On those days you feel you’ve failed, how about turning it around by spreading just a bit of success magic by being a wonderful human being. Make someone smile, plant a seed in a pot or garden, listen to a friend.
Thanks, Chris! In sending me this wonderful poem, which is NOT about ADD, you’ve helped me spread an important message. That makes you a very successful person this week in my eyes.