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ADHD and Success: How changing your mindset can propel you to new heights

Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has challenges, but adopting a positive mindset can unlock your hidden potential. Shifting the focus from..
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ADHD and Success: How changing your mindset can propel you to new heights


Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has challenges, but adopting a positive mindset can unlock your hidden potential.  

Shifting the focus from what you can’t do to what you are capable of, enables you to tap into your strengths. 

There are several ways that ADHD can change your life for the better. Here are a few examples:


Creativity: Many people with ADHD have active minds and are often very imaginative. This can lead to creative interests such as writing, art, or music. The ability to think outside the box and generate new ideas can be an asset in many areas of your life. 

Hyperfocus: ADHD can make it difficult to stay focused on tasks that are not interesting. But it can also lead to periods of intense concentration on tasks that are engaging. This hyperfocus can be a powerful tool in achieving goals and completing important projects.

Spontaneity: People with ADHD are often spontaneous and adventurous. Many are open to trying new things and can take risks that lead to exciting opportunities and experiences. 

Resilience: Living with ADHD can be challenging, but it can also build resilience and strength. People with ADHD often develop coping strategies and resilience that can be valuable in facing other challenges in life. 

Empathy: People with ADHD can be sensitive and empathetic. This can be great for building connections with others and understanding their needs and feelings. 

While living with ADHD can be challenging, it can also bring about positive changes. Showing unique strengths that can be valuable in many areas of life.


Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t. A positive mindset is key to success but staying positive when you don’t feel it can be tricky. 

A positive mindset can help in all areas of your life. These are ways that you can harness your unique powers while remaining in the right frame of mind: 

  1. Practice gratitude: Shift your focus to what you are grateful for in your life. Remind yourself of the things you can do and the positive aspects of your abilities. 
  2. Challenge negative thoughts: When negative thoughts appear, question their validity. Instead, replace them with positive statements. Reframe limitations as opportunities for growth and learning. 
  3. Surround yourself with positive influences: Spend time with people who uplift and inspire you. Positive influences can help you adopt a more optimistic mindset. 
  4. Follow a growth mindset: Belief in your ability to improve and develop new skills. View challenges as opportunities for growth and see setbacks as stepping stones toward success. 
  5. Focus on strengths: Identify your strengths and find ways to use them in various aspects of your life. Concentrate on what you excel at and leverage those abilities to achieve your goals. 
  6. Set realistic and achievable goals: Set goals that align with your abilities. Break them down into smaller steps and celebrate your progress along the way.
  7. Practice self-compassion: Be kind and understanding toward yourself when facing challenges. Treat yourself with the same compassion and empathy you would offer to a friend. 
  8. Visualise success: Use visualisation techniques to imagine yourself succeeding and accomplishing your goals. Visualising positive outcomes can enhance your belief in what you can achieve. 
  9. Act: Instead of dwelling on what you can’t do, focus on acting toward what you can do. Start small and build momentum by taking steps forward. 
  10. Find support and resources: Connect with others who share similar experiences or challenges. Join support groups, seek guidance from mentors, or access relevant resources. 

Remember that changing your mindset is a continuous process. It requires consistent effort and practice. Embrace the journey and be patient with yourself as you work toward a more positive mindset.


There are many celebrities who have ADHD. They are successful and have thrived despite their ADHD diagnosis. Many have a positive outlook on life. 

Michael Phelps – Olympic swimmer

Doctors diagnosed Michael Phelps with ADHD as a child. He defied expectations and emerged as the most accomplished Olympian in history. Securing an unprecedented 23 gold medals in swimming. His mother said that swimming played a pivotal role in helping her son cope with his ADHD symptoms. 

Justin Timberlake – Singer 

Though he rarely discusses his condition in public, the star spoke about ADHD in an interview with He conveyed the challenges of living with a combination of OCD and ADD. He has had a successful career as a singer and actor. 

Sam Fender – Musician 

Renowned as a singer, songwriter, actor, and model, Sam Fender says his ADHD has fuelled his drive and creativity. In an interview with the BBC, he acknowledged his ADHD and described the hyper-focus it bestows as a superpower. 

Jamie Oliver – Chef 

Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, received an ADHD diagnosis during his childhood. He raises awareness of the benefits of diet and nutrition in managing ADHD symptoms. 

Emma Watson – Actress 

Emma Watson is best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. She reportedly received an ADHD diagnosis during her childhood. Despite this, she has achieved remarkable success throughout her career. As well as acting, she has made significant strides in advocating for women’s rights.


A positive mindset allows you to celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Giving you the opportunity to learn from setbacks without getting discouraged. 

Reshape your thinking with an optimistic outlook by practising gratitude, challenging negative thoughts, and embracing a growth mindset. 

Embrace your ADHD and navigate challenges with resilience and creativity. A positive mindset will allow you to do all this.

ADHD Support at The ADHD Centre

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or talk to a doctor if you feel overwhelmed. Remember, there is support available.

At The ADHD Centre, we specialise in supporting people living with ADHD and their loved ones. Our team of highly experienced clinicians is on hand to provide expert insight, advice, support, and guidance on ADHD and how to best manage and embrace some of the challenges.

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