Quantum Productivity Breakthrough - Coaching for Gifted Adults / ADD / ADHD / Highly Creative / Neurodiverse
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Part of my strategy to simplify my life and my web presence is to consolidate everything simply under my name. Brands come and go, but my name will not be changing. I didn't even change it when I got married! : )
Here's to agilizing (becoming agile and creating a solid foundation for evolving and growing with ease.)
Thanks for understanding as I go through reinventing all of my websites.
To avoid "broken" links. This website may remain active for an indefinite amount of time.
This was the program I offered in 2010 / 2011. The new program integrates and builds on the foundations I taught here.
"Getting BIG Results by Designing Small Changes into Your Thoughts and Actions"Do you:
You are not alone.
These traits are a painfully common experience for many of us with neurodiverse brains with traits like: highly intelligent, ADHD, highly sensitive, highly creative, strong ideals, high need for change and freedom. Even being gifted in one area like math, science, computing, or music is a form of "neurodiversity." If you have traits outside the norm, you are included when I use the term "neurodiverse."
People like us have a tendency to get overwhelmed, or to get stuck more easily and more often than the average person.
Stuckness and frustration is what often happens when we expect our high-speed, multi-faceted, non-linear brains to do things in a linear way. Most conventional productivity and organizing systems are prepackaged systems that are designed for people with a high degree of "self-directing" or executive function "self-control" capability. Simply put "self-control" means you have the ability to easily tell yourself to do something and you just do it. Sounds easy to most people, but not to people with ADHD or other neurodiversities like high intelligence or creativity.
Using systems whose very foundation is based on consistent self-control is like trying to wear a left shoe on your right foot. It feels okay at first, but after a while, it starts to hurt and can do a whole lot of damage. It just doesn't fit. And, it never will.
Why are linear systems so challenging for us?
Because our brains are literally wired differently. Most productivity and planning systems that depend on "routine" are fundamentally biased toward left-brain functioning. They simply don't work for people with digital age, non-linear, right-brain, visual, global thinking, highly sensitive and reactive brains like ours. We love the design or project phase of setting up systems, but our brains don't have the patience for implementing the routines of elaborate organizing systems - no matter how logical and attractive they are.
ADHD, highly creative, and other neurodiverse minds require a different kind of Owner's Manual.
What is different about Quantum Productivity Breakthrough?
My approach to Quantum Productivity Breakthrough is based on a multidisciplinary thought foundation that synthesizes and integrates the best and latest thinking from the fields of positive psychology, educational psychology, multicultural communication, meta-cognitive behavioral psychology, energy psychology, mindful organizing principles for highly reliable systems operating in uncertain environments, quantum science, neuroscience, zen and taoist philosophy and my 30 years of experience working to help people learn, improve performance and implement change.
How this Unique Approach Evolved
My whole adult life has been spent learning everything I could about what it takes to achieve high performance and help people put theory into practical application. In my 25 years of experience as a consultant to top Fortune 500 companies and 5 years as a personal coach to hundreds of gifted, talented, creative and intelligent people many of whom also have ADHD, I've used just about every productivity system out there. Like most of my clients, I ended up feeling like a failure. But not any more. When I figured out how to accept and embrace my differences and design systems to "fit" my unique needs, I discovered a whole new world of possibilities.
In the process of coaching neurodiverse people who share these common ADD ish traits, I discovered a whole world of people who were suffering, facing the same challenges I did, and thinking there was something wrong with them. And why wouldn't they? Most of the top books on organizing and productivity label our personality traits as "dysfunctional" "procrastination" "chaotic" "unreliable" and more. Meanwhile, people with our traits and gifts are some of the most successful people in the world, like Howie Mandel, Peter Shankman, Ty Pennington, and many many more. And most of us also "failed" at using conventional productivity systems. How is this possible?
Because the "tools" don't matter nearly as much as the mental models and thinking habits that drive how you design and use productivity tools. In the Quantum Productivity program, I have distilled "what really works" into a framework of mindsets, skills, processes, strategies and practical tools that people can learn.
And the good news is that you don't have to have ADHD - anyone who has trouble using other people's organizing systems consistently will benefit from this program.
"I've learned to prioritize what matters most ..."
"I joined the Getting Unstuck coaching group and I'm thrilled with the progress I've made! It's so great to upload photos of an area of my house I'm working on and get feedback. Plus the incredible resources to download or read, and the warmth of the group. I've learned to prioritize what matters most and I look forward to continuing to create an even more balanced life with the support I get from your Coaching Group. Thank you!"
~ Julie, California
If you fit any of the following, this program is designed for you:
- ADHD or ADDish traits
- Creative Personality type - Idea Person
- Love to learn new things
- Prefer being spontaneous
- Have a long history of disorganization and clutter
- Get frequently overwhelmed
- Highly Creative
- Highly Technical
- Highly capable, yet difficulty completing projects as interests change
- Unconventional, unique, maverick, misunderstood and/or
- "Not living up to your true potential."
People like us face unique challenges in life that few service professionals including bosses, doctors, therapists, coaches, organizers, and even virtual assistants and family members are prepared to deal with.
We end up misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and all too often even traumatized. We may completely lose faith in ourselves, become depressed, anxious, and self-loathing. We often feel like no one out there can understand or help us.
I have been there. I get it. I am a very different kind of coach and this is a very different kind of program.
My mission is to help you embrace your gifts, own your limits and define productivity, success and life satisfaction YOUR way. This inner transformation is the key that empowers you to reclaim your potential and get on with recognizing the value you have to offer the world.
It's never too late to start experiencing life with self-acceptance, self-confidence, and a sense of wholeness. You are NOT defective just because you are different.
You can't "control" the brain you were born with, but you can learn to roll with it and make the most of who you are.
You CAN live a productive and satisfying life.
This is such a unique program there is no way to be 100% sure. I know you've been disappointed many times. The best I can do is to provide questions to help you decide. Ask yourself, "Am I willing to...?"
- Try something different and see if it COULD be right for me?
- Open up and be deeply honest with someone who might actually really get me and not judge my challenges as trivial?
- Unlearn my negative beliefs about myself and make room for the possibility that I am valuable and worthy just as I am?
- Learn an easier way to live with my gifts and/or my ADHD ish traits?
- Release the struggle and suffering?
- Share my struggles and triumphs in a private setting with like-minded people who share similar challenges?
- Practice taking baby steps and allow myself time to integrate new skills?
- Give myself time to "ease into" the experience and learn what I can from it?
If you answered yes to the above questions, this will most likely be a life transforming experience for you! Whatever happens, you will learn a lot about yourself.
"Finally, a group of people that really understand me and my thought process!
"Thank you for starting this group. It has been so refreshing to find a group of people that really understand me and my thought process. I have not been diagnosed with ADD but I have the traits - it explains so many things. I'm not crazy or lazy -- my brain just works differently! Your group + private coaching has truly changed my life!I have gone from years of stagnant clutter to actually ENJOYING the process of clearing clutter and cleaning. My family is shocked and so am I. It took me a couple months to really change the way I think...but Wow! Now, I can't imagine ever going back to the way I was. Thank you Thank you Thank you!"
~ Pamela T., California
"I've been repeatedly energized!"
"Being an active member of your Getting Unstuck group coaching program has been tremendously helpful to me these past few months. You have helped me see my organizing issues in ways I had never considered before. I've been repeatedly energized by following through with your suggestions! I've listened to all of the coaching calls live and the help I've received has certainly been worth it! Thanks so much!
~ Susan H., Vancouver
Watch my Video Intro to Quantum Productivity
My Dream for us...
As you know, we don't yet have a widely accepted, proven model for healing the suffering often caused by being different or by having ADHD, giftedness, chronic disorganization, time and project management issues, etc.
Developing a reliable model for us to learn how to achieve a satisfying level of productivity and feel empowered to confidently manifest more of our potential is what I live to do.
My life's work has been my own recovery from the syndrome that comes with being labeled "gifted" and "highly creative" (and also having undiagnosed or misdiagnosed ADHD and PTSD.) I've found solutions in some surprising places and am dedicated to bringing them together in a cohesive framework to share with others.
When you work with me, you become part of the process of continuously evolving a methodology that helps people like us break the cycle of secret shame and self-limitation that comes with chronic disorganization and paralyzing "profound" procrastination or what I call "stuckness."
(For now I'm calling my model the "Quantum Productivity" framework, though that may not be the best name for it and it may change.)
Your success adds energy to the power of this model for embracing our uniqueness and harnessing our gifts and strengths to achieve more of our potential.
My vision is to design a positive education-based model that really works to end the suffering that comes along with chronic disorganization that comes with it. Too many of us with ADHD and/or other neurodiverse brains are looking for answers from the medical model which calls our differences "disorders" like anxiety, depression, ADHD, sub-clinical bipolar, aspergers, learning disabilities, and more.
While medication may be part of the answer, education using non-linear, natural and organic learning strategies that work with our brains contributes at least 70% to our success. Not only educating ourselves, but also parents, schools and workplaces.
Interestingly, the mindset, strategies, and tools that facilitate our success make sense for EVERYONE.
Just because 80% of people CAN do things in a more linear way, and CAN force themselves to do things they hate doing - doesn't mean they should have to.
The model I'm developing is about letting go of force. It's about facilitating not "controlling" success. It is about acceptance, compassion and kindness. Who doesn't want that?
My dream is to live in a world where being different doesn’t mean you have to be labeled as “disordered” or as having "deficits" and you don't have to have medical insurance to get the help you need to live a fulfilling and satisfying life.
Just one more thing....
When stress, overwhelm, clutter, disorganization and productivity issues are ruining the quality of your life - it's easy to fall into a downward spiral of hopelessness and anxiety. It's easy to feel like you are alone, that no one understands the magnitude of how hard the struggle to do simple things can be for you.
In this program, you won't be alone with your struggle any more. You will have a safe place to discover how to stop trying to be something you will never be - and work with your natural strengths to get results without having to "force" yourself to do things you hate doing.
This program is designed to address the needs of people who have tried many paths but haven't experienced lasting results. I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there and trust that people won't judge you. I will do my best to live up to your trust and would be incredibly honored to be part of your journey to living a simpler, more peacefully passionate and productive life!
Till we connect again, keep noticing yourself with kindness and compassion...when you change the way you see yourself...you change.
Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.
p.s As my husband likes to say: With me on your side you'll always have one more "benefit" than everyone else has! : )