In a land, not long ago or far away, I creatively edited an essay with scissors. I cut out bad parts, reorganized sections, and taped the good parts together again. Needless to say, computers and other elements of business tech stretch my patience. So, I found and took an on-line class for help.
During this Business School Bootcamp for Therapists, I used my ADD hyper-focus to delve wholeheartedly into the left brained order. After learning about the horrors of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), spreadsheets, and tracking website statistics; I returned to my life feeling wiser yet somewhat numb.
Fortunately, I had an upcoming art show, and was immediately absorbed in a flurry of creative activity. I soon realized that:
- Linear brained business work blocked my innovative specialties
- Once creative again, my intuitive and healing work flowed
- I was happier and more relaxed
- Coincidentally, my business picked up speed
The bootcamp was priceless because I learned:
- The business systems I need in place
- It’s okay to get help
- I don’t have to solve marketing, legal, and computer issues alone
In hindsight, the brief juxtaposition of my linear work self, to my innovative non-linear spirit, helped me understand the dramatic differences in quality and quantity of my work.
Like many people with issues of distraction and disorder, I can focus intensely and slog through linear/left-brained challenges. After all, I have two Masters degrees. What I never noticed was that, while in this super hyper-focus mode, wrestling the linear into submission, I am strangling my creativite flow.
Now, I have some appreciation for the unique strengths of being ADD. I have innovative ‘big picture’ thinking, so I don’t want to stop that flow. Like other therapists, I can hire professional accounting, law, and marketing people help me with the technical foundations of my office.
With help, I have increased mental space for mind/body health and creativity. I feel more in balance with myself and have more room for daily calming rituals. Finally, I see that the rudiment of sanity is not just around the corner, but is within me when I creatively use my gifts!
Are there tasks you can hire out so you are able to use your strengths to their fullest potential?
How does mind body health help you to be your best self?