Serena Williams wins GoldWe've all seen athletes celebrating a win, or reaching a milestone.  As sport has got more competitive - often the margin between winning and losing is measured in milliseconds - so the celebrations have become more intense.

Some are more animated than others, which doesn't make any difference. What is important is that the success is celebrated.

Roger Federer is usually quite restrained compared to say Serena Williams, who is less inhibited.

No champion would NOT celebrate a win, or a record, or any other achievement. And so it should be with ADDers seeking to overcome the difficulties caused by ADHD.

In the earlier article about Focusing on Strengths, I talked about having someting to build on, and how winning becomes a habit.

Celebrating each victory, no matter how small, builds the foundation for the future.

It is the "track record of success" that provides the energy and the inspiration to succeed today, and tomorrow.

Just imagine the horror of what a track record of failure leads to.

The ultimate insult to another person is the scornful "you loser!" The impact of that contemptuous put-down is compounded many times over when you say it to yourself.

If you start something believing you are going to fail, you will fail, confirming what you believe about yourself.

FedererRolandGarrosThe opposite is equally true. If you set out to win or achieve, the worst that can happen is you come second or just miss out on your goal. In this case you have something to use - knowing what to correct to improve the next time.

Looking at your track record as a string of failures is so depressing. Looking at the same track record as a path of growth and improvement is inspiring and exciting, that will galvanize you into success.

Celebrating success and learning from the failures is important - it's a great way to keep the humiliation of depression and anxiety at bay.

If you think about it properly, there is no failure, there are only practice runs for success!

One of the basic ADHD coaching modules is called "Failing For Success." You see, you simply can't have success without failure. You may get lucky and succeed once, but in order to build that all important Track Record of Success, there have to failures, usually mor failures than successes!

Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®