Read an article that gave me reason to ponder and wonder...
The article is by Edward M. Hallowell, MD "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform" (click to the link to read the full article). He talks about a common condition that he calls "attention deficit trait" which is turning many of us into "frenzied underachievers". The core symptoms are distractablility, inner frenzy, and impatience. As I read the article I started to think about ADT and these characteristics and wondered if many of us aren't suffering from a bit of self imposed ADT because of the lives we lead.
We are all conditioned these days to think that we need to move faster than we did before; buy faster computers & smartphones, get more work done in a day and still have time to have a fulfilling personal life with the time that we have left. In other words, we have to make our 24 hours be totally productive with no wasted time. He points out that the "close door" button on an elevator is often the one with the paint worn off. I, personally, love watching those people that wait for the elevator by constantly pushing the call button because if they are not doing something about it the elevator won't come on its own and to stand there just waiting would mean wasted time.
He goes on further to talk about the reaction of the brain when confronted by continual interruptions, missed deadlines, unorganized messes and ineffectiveness. The brain and consequently, the rest of the body go into a "fight or flight" mode causing it to react as if every decision was one that would be life or death. This causes a conflict in us and we tend to react with anger, impatience, avoidance, and basically meltdown. Many of you know that feeling of being overwhelmed and that every task you face is crucial to your existence.
I know that when I was first starting my business and trying to learn and do all of the things that I felt I needed to conquer, I had the same chaotic dream every night. I was on a major roadway with multiple interstates and ramps and that every time I tried to get off my exit was always on the opposite side. There was always too much traffic to cross over so I had to keep driving and try to negotiate when I could next get off. I would have this dream every night, all night long. Needless to say I was a bit worn out in the morning.
As time went on, and I felt I had a better grip on my business, the dream became less hectic. Eventually I was able to get off at my exit and the road turned into a long drive in the country. Meaning I knew I still had a long way to go but I was at least getting control over things.
(Join us next week as I share the things he suggested to overcome ADT and being overwhelmed)