Guest Post By: Jeff Copper
Is the self-help section of the bookstore the place where you will stumble upon the solution you are seeking? I will say it emphatically, NO! Those self-help books are filled with steps, exercises, top tips, – the list goes on and on. Browsing through the book titles, how will you decide which method is going to work for you? The answer is: you can't, and you're left with no solutions and less money.
We have a problem here if you miss this key next step…
For about 33% of us, the standard, mainstream solutions will not work. No matter how hard we try. 33% is a big number. Let me illustrate why this is so with the science of statistics. Yuck, right? 😕
Bear with me and follow the logic to learn why the solution to your attention issues may elude you, no matter how determined you are. Scientifically, we know if we take, for example, 35 observations (n=35+) and run a regression analysis, we get a bell curve (see diagram).
Statistically, two thirds (68%) of observations, in our case solutions, fall within what is called one standard deviation of the mean. Metaphorically, we'll label this portion of the bell curve as the Top 10 List.
Economically, an incentive is created to sell solutions in the top 10 list, simply because your target audience is larger. This is why about a third of all solutions never get marketed and into bookstores. So, if the obvious solutions (the top 10 list) are not working there is a good chance your solution is in the 32% that doesn’t show up in the self-help section of the bookstore. (see the second diagram)
Okay, so now we know that we aren’t in the 68% group, so how are we going to find the solution that works?
I have a novel idea – start with your Brain!
That’s right. Let’s go directly to the source. Your brain is wired to instinctively organize and process information in a manner that is completely unique to you. Your brain is automatically customized to the reality of your own life experiences.
Key Hint: Most of us remain significantly unaware of how our brain is operating day-to-day. Many don't think about the thinking process. However, if we observe the instinctual mechanisms of our brain and how our brain naturally processes information; we can begin to see patterns and systems.
Rather than trying to retrain your brain, we use these brain function observations to create mindful solutions. If you study attention and learn to observe your brain, you can discover how your mind works and then you can duplicate the process in the physical world. In other words, you learn to work with your brain and not against it. This makes it much easier to find and implement real world solutions for anyone – and especially those suffering with ADHD.
The new word for observing your brain's activity, your brain's attention and inattention, is metacognition – which loosely translates into thinking about thinking. A better definition is witnessing what and how your mind pays attention to stimuli, objects, things, tasks, etc. For additional understanding on the subject of ADHD thinking and metacognition please view my interview with psychologist Ari Tuckman here:
To learn more about attention and this process of metacognition, you can download our free Abook (A is for Attention!) by clicking here. You may also explore other information and resources on our website, http://www.digcoaching.com/index.htm.
Drop a line below to let me know what you think about these personal metacognitive tools in your new Abook! Take the time to make effort in this new direction, and you will soon find solutions that work for you!
Have a super summer!
Jeff Copper – ADHD Coach | Dig Coaching
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Ed note: Jeff is a stand up guy in this remarkably controversial ADHD world. I appreciate this posting and all the serious work Jeff regularly provides for the international public. Jeff's specialty: useful insights for the next neuroscientifically relevant steps regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Executive Function Challenges.
Thanks for contributing Jeff!
Dr Charles Parker
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