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Maintaining Motivation with Adult ADDFiled Under: Learn to Focus with ADHD
"My entire life, I have struggled to stay motivated. I work full-time and study music; while the desire is there, the push to 'do' is not, and as a result, my school and work performance is suffering. What do I do?"
Sometimes we lose sight of why things are important to us.
Taking the time to sit down and write a list why music is valuable to you will be worth the effort put into the exercise. Once you have done this, carry the list with you or post it in a place where you will read it often.
If you do not have a vision of what role music will have for you in the future, you will also lack the motivation needed to stick with your practices and enjoy them. Ask yourself the following questions:
When you can align your music goals with who you are as a person and what you value in life, the steps to make your goals happen become clearer and the process involved becomes enriched. Musical talent is not something that everyone is blessed with, so be grateful and enjoy it. When it comes time to practicing, don't ask yourself what you need to do, ask yourself what you want to do.
Many colleges and universities offer student health care plans that may meet your needs and be affordable. Check to find out what is available through student services at your college.
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.
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