With ADD or ADHD we are plagued by slips and failures. But AA teaches that slips are to be expected and we need to have a plan for them to help us just get back on the track.
I was given the gift of the strategy of hanging my car keys on the gas tank door so I won’t drive off with the gas hose anymore. So I made that a rule, and it has become a habit. I do it every time I get gas. Except the last time. I started to drive off but remembered to check in the mirror that the hose wasn’t still in the tank, and then realized I had not put the keys on the cap. Arrgggghh!
When we identify the problem, make a strategy and then make a rule, we will have some slips while we’re making the rule into a habit. We have to understand that and just keep plugging away; the habit will come. But even after, we may still have the occasional slip. That’s just real life.
So the trick is- Don’t call myself stupid or other names. Don’t decide that the strategy doesn’t work and just give it up. Don’t even feel bad about it; just be grateful that I didn’t drive off with the hose this time and be determined to keep working on the strategy. Painfully have to admit that I am only human after all.
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