Lets focus on the good things and what we can learn

Recently I sent out a blog about the benefits of being ADD and having Dyslexia. The ADD one was the work of Jennifer Koretsky, author or “Odd One Out”. This is a great book to help people understand their ADD and understanding will always create change. I shall certainly recommend it to my clients who I also coach to develop skills for grounding and releasing energy blocks. These techniques can rapidly shift much of the confusion that is associated with ADD.

Jennifer also focuses on positives and it is great to hear about ADD coaches who are doing just that. I wish there were more of us.

I have also been reading “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath. This is an excellent book to give you ideas as to how to help people switch into new patterns without over analysis. I will be giving many quotes from this over the coming months. On page 46 they comment that “we seem wired to focus on the negatives”, for example

“Exhibit A: People who are shown photos of bad and good events spent longer viewing the bad one.
Exhibit B: When people learn bad stuff about someone else, its stickier than the good stuff.”

If you know someone with learning difficulties, try to get them to create the switch to positives. Ask them to journal every day something good that happened or something they have learnt. In a few days 5 good things a day, in a few weeks 10 good things every day, including those things that they are able to do that they don’t think others can do as well.

This will start to create the switch from failure and deficit to success.

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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