Setting Realistic Goals with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Concerns

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Goal setting is an important thing especially when it comes to people with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns. However, understanding goal-setting is a whole other ballgame. Just because one wants to set goals does not mean he or she is setting good and achievable goals. Here is an example…

I want to lose weight

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this goal except there’s not much more than a statement involved. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to lose weight, but there’s not much in the way of a plan to  lose weight in this statement. Here are some questions that should tie into this goal…

  • How much weight do you want to lose?
  • What are benchmarks for success (i.e, how much weight per week, per month, etc.)
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • What happens if there’s a slip-up or a benchmark isn’t met?
  • How will you maintain this goal upon completion?

Most of my clients miss goals by not putting specifics into place. Goal setting shouldn’t set one up for failure before it begins. Setting an expectation of losing weight doesn’t need to involve an unrealistic number that will never be met. I like goals to have these following components…

  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Reviewable

The first two are obvious. But what about reviewable? What does that mean? Well let’s say a goal isn’t being met. What should you do? Scrap the goal? Quit? Obviously these are two options, but one’s that will not get you to a level of success. Instead, being able to review and revamp goals will keep you on course. Just because it isn’t working doesn’t mean it is a bad goal. It just means you need to recalabrate expectations.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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