How to remember and achieve goals with adult ADHD

Did you set goals at the beginning of the year or did you create any New Year’s resolutions?

Have you gotten off track on your New Year’s goals or completely forgotten what you set out to do this year? Many people set goals at the beginning of a new year but oftentimes, we struggle to stay on track.

Back on Overcoming Distractions is Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D. founder of True Focus Coaching.

Sarah and Dave first discuss whether the new year is really the best time to set goals. Hint, maybe not.

Sarah suggests reframing goals and calling them either a target or a vision and even the label ghost targets and visions to better resonate with yourself.

Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D. of True Focus CoachingSarah says it’s important to find what works when it comes to reminding yourself of your goals. That can include vision boards, all types of visual reminders and regular reminders to keep you on track.

Sarah also reinforces something she has talked about before on the podcast which is making sure your personal goals come before your career goals.

Sarah gives advice for ways you can continue to keep steering toward your targets and goals. She also says it is important to create authentic goals and those that are intrinsic.

Goals should be about you not what other people think you should be doing. You should also make sure that this is a meaningful goal or something you are just chasing.

And Sarah suggests making sure you go through goal setting and ways to stay on track in a nonjudgmental way.

You can learn more about Sarah and the workshops that true focus coaching puts on by going to Sarah’s website.

Are you following conventional wisdom with your adult ADHD?

Conventional wisdom would have adults with ADHD believing that we need to follow a certain path to manage and thrive with adult ADHD. But as you may have uncovered by now, following conventional wisdom and accepted and unquestioned principles, is often not the best path to thriving with adult ADHD.

Jeff Copper from DIG Coaching is back to discuss the concept of conventional wisdom and ADHD and how we can challenge certain thinking.

Jeff Copper ADHD CoachJeff talks about the book “Breaking the Rules” which can describe the theme of this discussion on the podcast. Oftentimes adults with ADHD need to break the rules and one great example is understanding that we cannot always fix our weaknesses. Accepting this concept can provide an opportunity for growth in our ADHD journey.

Jeff and Dave talked about the importance of placing ourselves in roles that are a great fit. one example is choosing a career or a job that allows us to utilize our strengths.

Jeff also indicates that the more clarity we have in our lives and in our daily habits, the more motivation we can experience.

Managing our ADHD can be challenging at certain times in our lives but Jeff and Dave caution everyone to not fall into what Jeff calls a sea of strategies. We must stop drowning in the latest greatest strategy or technique to manage our adult ADHD.

Do you want to learn more about challenging conventional wisdom and ADHD? This is a great discussion with Jeff and Dave.

Find Jeff and Attention Talk Radio on his website.

How to get more comfortable engaging with your calendar when you have adult ADHD

Adults with ADHD seem to have a love/hate relationship regarding scheduling and using calendars. Are you one of these people?

Sure, it sounds like a simple concept but for many of us with adult ADHD, we tend to struggle to engage more effectively with schedules and calendars.

Back on Overcoming Distractions is Eric Tivers of ADHD reWired.

Eric and Dave discussed the following and a lot more.

  • Why a schedule and using a calendar can be challenging for adults with ADHD.
  • Understanding that without a workable type of schedule, getting through the week and getting “stuff” done can also be challenging.
  • Eric discusses how scheduling, distractions, prioritization and time management are all connected and the calendar can help us.
  • Eric also discusses time tracking which he feels is one of the most important ways to understand how long tasks and projects take us.
  • Dave and Eric discuss time blocking but making sure that we are using that concept effectively.

And Eric gives tips for getting started and getting more comfortable using a calendar to manage our work and personal lives. Those include understanding this is going to be a process, you’ll need to try different methods, making sure you relax and be patient, the importance of engaging with your calendar and understanding in many cases, there is a setup and a cleanup which you’ll hear his thoughts on the podcast.

Find ADHD reWired here and all Eric’s offerings including group sessions and the popular podcast.

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Overcoming shame as an adult with ADHD

As individuals with ADHD, by the time we are adults, we have experienced and internalized hundreds of thousands of negative inputs about who we are and how we are.  This can create defensiveness, people-pleasing, perfectionism, social anxiety, oppositional behavior, and other defense mechanisms.

But one thing we need to recognize and talk about openly is shame.

Our guest Diann Wingert, therapist turned coach says it is the elephant in the room when it comes to adults with ADHD.

Diann gives us a general definition of what shame is and explains the difference between guilt and shame.

She also gives people a few basic examples of shame then you may be able to relate to.

Diann also explains why she has called shame and ADHD, the elephant in the room.

She discusses why for people with ADHD, making mistakes can equal shame and the habits we can build to get ourselves out of this pattern.

And Diann gives us a road map for tackling shame in our lives including understanding self-awareness, forgiveness, understanding that shame is a spectrum and understanding how to take an honest look at situations in our lives that we can avoid.

Diann Wingert is a Business Strategist, Coach & Mentor and Host of The Driven Woman Podcast. Connect with Diann on her website:

Are you an adult with ADHD entering a leadership position?

If you are an adult with ADHD and find yourself in a leadership position, you’ll want to pay attention to what our guest Brendan Mahan says this week.

Brendan from ADHD essentials is back on overcoming distractions and we talk about the essential elements of being a leader, while being an adult with ADHD.

Brendan Mahan ADHD EssentialsMaybe you find yourself as a shift supervisor in the hospitality industry, leading a major project at your company or wanting to learn more about how to parent through leadership, Brendan has some awesome advice.

Brendan and Dave discussed the following.

The difference between being a leader and being a boss.

What the general role of someone in leadership should be.

What would we as adults with ADHD expect from our leaders?

The challenges of being an adult with ADHD and assuming a leadership position.

Tips for navigating a leadership role while having adult ADHD. Those include delegating diplomatically, understanding that you are supporting character as a leader, and taking time to own your ADHD and manage it properly.

Find Brandan Mahan and his offerings on his website;

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How this creative digital nomad manages ADHD

How does a creative digital nomad manage her ADHD on the road?

On Overcoming Distractions this time is Nikki May, owner of Nikki D May Art and Design. Nikki sold her house, purchased a bus and now runs her art and design business on the road.

In her business, she does everything from drawing, and designing accessories and apparel as well as web design.

As a newly diagnosed adult with ADHD, she has had to build the skills necessary to run a business on the road including carving time out for work, meeting deadlines and getting it all done.

Nikki admits that her brain doesn’t always switch into working mode so it’s important for her to have implemented several ways to be productive. Those include:

Time blocking


Hiring and delegating

Having a business manager

Using contractors.

She hired somebody to set up systems for her

And one big thing, not saying yes to everything.

Find Nikki D. May Art and Design here:

Imposter syndrome, ADHD and how to move forward with intention

Many adults with ADHD can also experience imposter syndrome.

Some even say it is much more common in adults with ADHD than others.


That is the focus of this podcast with Matthew Zakreski a licensed clinical psychologist.

Dr. Matt as many address him, gives an overview of imposter syndrome and what it might feel like. He says one thing that sticks out is when somebody gives us praise, we either feel relief or celebrate the success.

He discusses why it may affect people with ADHD more.

Dr. Matt Give several examples of imposter syndrome and discusses how we can become more self-aware, including reflecting on situations when we feel our best and our worst and how to find context in every situation that doubts us.

He discusses how we can move forward with intention.

And he gives listeners advice on how to begin limiting imposter syndrome in our lives and possibly overcoming imposter syndrome. He talks about how to build confidence, better habits around doubtful situations and even some quick tips if you’re considering a career change that may doubt you.

You can find Matthew Zakreski PsyD here:

Understanding complex ADHD and treatment options

In this first podcast episode of 2023, we are discussing complex ADHD.

Dave’s guest on this important episode is Jess Levy MD, a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Levy Also diagnosed with ADHD personally understands the challenges that come as an adult with ADHD. His practice is A+ Psychiatry, a one-of-a-kind Direct Specialty Care Practice and represents a fundamentally different approach to psychiatric care.

Dr. Levy First gives us an overview of complex ADHD which is when an individual has ADHD in one or more other mental health concerns. Often, we call this Co-occurring and it comes in the form of anxiety, depression, learning disorders and other forms.

He also discusses why it matters and why it is important to seek adequate treatment for complex ADHD. In short, if not addressed the symptoms and challenges of an adult with ADHD can only worsen and make life more challenging.

Dr. Levy Runs through many of the symptoms and signs of complex ADHD and gives examples.

And he discusses treatment options for complex ADHD including how to proceed with medication, psychotherapy and other forms of support. He discusses your treatment expectations, the trial and error of certain medications, and other support systems.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: For the listeners of this podcast, when discussing diagnostic and treatment considerations, it is CRITICAL to note that this is for information purposes only. It is not meant to replace medical advice from your medical professional.  If you have any questions about this topic as it pertains to your physical or mental health, you should discuss these concerns directly with your providers.

You can find Dr. Jess Levy at his Website:

Understanding emotional and cognitive processing with Adult ADHD

This new episode explores emotional and cognitive processing and how to communicate effectively at home and in the workplace.

Brendan Mahan ADHD EssentialsBrendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials comes back on the podcast to discuss processing and communicating during challenging situations. Situations that could involve conflict present themselves not only at home but in the workplace, and it’s important for us to build the skills to manage Interactions with others effectively.

  • Brendan starts the podcast by giving three quick tips for thriving with adult ADHD in 2023.
  • Brendan takes time to break down emotional and cognitive processing, runs through many examples, and discusses when these intersect.
  • He gives great advice on processing emotions in difficult situations.
  • Brendan also talks about how we need to validate our emotions.
  • Other discussion points include being honest with ourselves.
  • Asking for criticism to allow for personal growth.
  • Noticing our emotions
  • Allowing those emotions to take place.

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How an entrepreneur with ADHD built a passion project

Many adults with ADHD either want a passion project or need to do something that allows them to feel a sense of purpose. When we embark on these types of projects, we feel energized, excited and fulfilled in life.

This episode features Morgan Hancock, founder of Bourbon with Heart based in Kentucky. Bourbon with Heart is a nonprofit that helps fund the arts and other nonprofit organizations.

Morgan is a commercial real estate professional with ADHD, a U.S. Army veteran, and a successful entrepreneur, and she shares her tips for navigating a busy life and creating a passion project.

  • Morgan discusses how many with ADHD need to embrace some type of chaos in life.
  • She talks about how a basic To Do List saved her life.
  • She discusses time blocking, including how she handles her commercial real estate duties and nonprofit responsibilities.
  • Morgan also discusses how in some cases, impulsivity is a good thing when it comes to passion projects. Allowing many to take on risks that others would not.
  • She also discusses how she learned the value of teamwork in the military and how to work with others.
  • Morgan discusses how we cannot be scared to fail if we’re going to be successful in business and life.

Find Bourbon with Heart here and explore all the great things they’re doing.