Wednesday, September 15, 2010


An Anniversary? I CAN PAUSE!

It is National ADHD Awareness Week.

As I reflect on this, it is fitting that this week falls a year from the first time I heard David Giwerc speak about ADHD coaching. For those of you who don't know, David Giwerc, amongst many other things, he is the President of the ADD Coach Academy. I want to acknowledge that this man is one of the people who truly inspires me. Maybe someday I'll convince him to post his story here.

In simplest terms, my life will never be the same. As I write in this moment, my eyes fill with tears. They are tears of relief. They are tears of joy. Most of all, they are tears of hope.

After attending a conference on executive function in February of 2009, I discovered this "thing" called ADHD coaching. I told my friend and business partner, Allison, that I thought the concept sounded cool. We decided I'd check it out. It wasn't a big deal.

My first thorough introduction to ADHD coaching was a teleconference with David Giwerc. I was pretty skeptical. I mean who was he kidding? What kind of person signs up AND PAYS for a program after listening to an hour long teleconference? Well, apparently, I do. My thought was that it sounded different, it was organic and didn't break my bank. Honestly, it tugged at my intuition.

About three weeks into Basic ADHD I found myself faced squarely with the following epiphany:


My son had been diagnosed early in 2008. His dad has it. His dad's mom has it. My fiance has it (he's posted some great blogs here... btw). I was SURROUNDED! I also thought, "Okay, Terry, you're just overreacting."

The more I listened in class, the more I couldn't deny the overwhelming amount of missing pieces to my puzzle that began to fit.

I decided to sign up for the next class called Personal Transformation. I was STILL skeptical. I kept thinking, "Now that the basics are out of the way, they (the school) are going to pour on the fluffy stuff. This is the part where they sell me a bag of goods, right? I mean, come on, even the name of the class has whimsy!"

Do you think I was a little critical?

No matter how fluffy (or not) the content was during Personal Transformation, three critical points prevailed:



1. ~ PAUSE ~

2. What I believe shapes every perception of my world...

3. What I focus on grows...

And how are those 3 things serving me?

That's how...YAY!

I challenge you to pause.

About a year ago today, I paused for what might be the first time in my entire life. The truth of my inner story and limiting beliefs were revealed to me.

I promise you, I know what it's like to reach hopeless. I know what it means to wonder,

"Am okay...? What does it feel like to be okay?"

I know what its like to feel set adrift. I know what it's like to be waiting for my break, my pennies from heaven.

It is with sincere gratitude that I am declaring September 15th

Personal Pause Day!

I promise you, I now know what it's like to find "okay". I like it here. I plan to stay and explore a while. On second thought, I choose to stay.

If you or someone you know is struggling with ADHD, there is help and there is hope. The progress I have made in my own life is an example. Please call me.

~Your personal ADHD Coach, Terry Chausse

Thursday, September 9, 2010


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Thursday, September 2, 2010


"Boldly Moving Forward (in a Terrified Manner)" - Matthew Almeida, Artist and Designer, Part II

People can often be their own worst enemies. I think that with many, if not most, ADHD folks this is very true. For decades, a little voice inside my head has been telling me I will not succeed, and it has been doing everything in its power to make sure that is true. Up till now it has been pretty good at its job and I have often felt underachieved and unsuccessful even when that couldn't be farther from the truth.

I've had folks in my life that have made great allies for the little voice, but I'm not allowing that anymore. You see, I've begun to make some terrifying discoveries of late. I've been shocked and horrified to discover that I am often VERY successful, at any number of things. It boggles the mind to even consider it but I'm a pretty capable and talented guy.

That might sound a bit vain and conceited, but not so. I am quite aware that for each of the things that I am great at there are other things that I am completely TERRIBLE at. I've always been comfortable accepting the terrible bits. It was the pride of success that often eluded me and made me downright sick to my stomach.

In my case, the things I have been successful at have often come back to haunt me. My beloved T-Rose learned in her ADHD coaching class that when folks with ADHD do something well, it often gets held against them for the rest of their lives.

Huh? Yep, you read correctly.

For me, I can often do things that are REALLY difficult for most folks with relative ease. Figure out how to fix things around the house? No prob. Figure out how to solve a computer problem? Yawn. Take one look at something and then reverse engineer a version of my own? Well, duh!

To many regular folks these things often seem amazing, and they try to praise me and give thanks. But the little voice in my head says,

"They can't be serious. That was pathetic. What sort of praise do you deserve for such a simple task?"

It was a compelling argument for most of my life. Why did I deserve praise? It was easy to do and didn't challenge me in the least. The praise seemed hollow and didn't do much to help me feel successful.

Then there is the other side of things. There are MANY things that most folks do with ease that I am absolutely awful at. Call to make a Dentist appointment? Shiver. Remember that it is Sunday night and the trash needs to go out? Oh, yeah, right. Travel from one end of the house to the other and remember what you were going to do? Ummmm....

Mess up "simple" things like this and folks don't praise you. Far from it. They criticize you and harp on you and make you feel pretty awful. How can you be capable of so many difficult things and forget to put the trash out? What's wrong with you?

Three guesses how that would make me feel...

The problem was, those things are NOT easy. They are VERY VERY hard for me. And the way that folks would treat me when I screwed them up would do a good job at negating any praise I received for the hard (although not that hard to me) stuff. It gave the little voice inside me plenty of material to work with. It made sure that no matter how successful I was, I never felt content with it.

A lifetime of that can get old. A lifetime of that can get frustrating, and defeating, and make you furious in ways that you try to keep down but pop up at the worst possible moment. You can endure a whole lifetime of it while that nasty little voice in your head pilots that flaming train wreck all the way down to your grave.

Forget that noise.

I have simply decided that enough is enough. So with the help of someone very close to me (closer in fact than anyone else has ever been) I am moving forward.  I am going to a place where I am not only successful, but I can embrace that success and, dare I say it, be happy and prideful and content with it.

Not as easy as it sounds.

It is, in fact, rather scary and uncomfortable and, to be blunt, often stinks. But why should I care? Isn't success and contentment something we all seek? Something we all deserve? Up until now I have believed that we all deserved it, even me (well, sorta), and I still believe that. It's just that now I actually mean it about myself as well as everyone else.

Where will it take me? Who knows. That's kinda the scary part. But anyplace would be better than where I was.

I'm excited.

I'm terrified too.

Sound the bugle. Wish me luck. I'm going in...

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