Discover 3 Simple Steps To Be More Resourceful with ADHD

What do owls, puppets, and resourcefulness have to do with one another?

Don’t worry; I explain everything on episode 128 of the I’m Busy Being Awesome podcast.

In fact, in this episode, we talk all about resourcefulness.

We explore the benefits of being resourceful.

We consider the three key strategies for cultivating a resourceful mindset.

And we brainstorm new ways that you can introduce resourcefulness more often in your life. 

So if you’re ready to strengthen your resourcefulness or simply want to know what this owl has to do with anything, be sure to check out episode 128 of the I’m Busy Being Awesome podcast. 

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In This Episode, You Will Discover… 

  • The power of resourcefulness 
  • The 3 R’s of cultivating a resourceful mindset
  • How to practice being resourceful in your life

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Episode #128: Discover 3 Simple Steps To Be More Resourceful With ADHD (Transcript) 

Hello everybody. Welcome to the podcast. Episode 128. How are you? What’s happening in your neck of the woods? Today I am excited to talk with you about the concept of resourcefulness and how to be resourceful. 

Several weeks ago – maybe even a couple of months ago now – (time is weird.) I heard someone say the word resourceful on a podcast. I can’t remember specifically where I heard it – and that detail doesn’t actually matter. Because what does matter, and what I do remember, is there was a split-second lag between the syllables resource and full. So I was listening to whatever podcast it was, and the person said the word resourceful, but because of the delay in the speaker’s word, it was pronounced as resource – full.

And just that split in the way the word was pronounced from resourceful to resource full, it had me thinking about this term and the way that we use this term in tons of new ways. Now, when you look up the term resourceful, it’s defined as having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. And I think this definition works fine. However, when I think about the term through the lens resource full, I feel so much more abundance. Because to me, thinking about the word resourceful as two words – resource full – means you’re full of resources. You are full of ideas. You are full of alternative approaches and ways of doing things.

And as I thought about being resourceful through this lens, it also had me thinking about my clients and all of you listeners. I think as ADHDers and those of us with ADHD tendencies. As go-getters and higher achievers. We are naturally full of resources. I think we have a unique ability to really think outside the box, to try new and creative approaches to problems. And a commitment to figure things out when we want to see it through. 

Now like I said, I heard this pronunciation of resource full several weeks or months ago now, and it’s been percolating in the back of my mind. And as I thought about what I wanted to share with you today, I thought that it was quite apt to explore the concept of resourcefulness through this lens as we begin a fresh new year, with new goals and new intentions. I’d love to explore the question: How can we generate and cultivate resourcefulness in our lives more often?

Importance of Resourcefulness 

But before we dive in and I share with you a bunch of different approaches, I think it’s important to create some clarity on why being resourceful – why being full of resources – is even a good thing in the first place. Why do we want to dedicate our time and our energy to be resourceful? And as I thought about this question for myself, I came up with several different reasons. 

First of all, when I thought about some of the people whom I most admire. When I think about people who are doing big things in the world or have made significant impacts on my life, so many of them are incredibly resourceful. They’re able to think outside the box. They can see things differently. And they can make what seems like a sticky situation run quite smoothly. 

Some of the most effective leaders I admire or worked with are extremely resourceful. They are problem solvers who have the drive to figure out a solution. They don’t settle for good enough. Instead, they go all in and create a fix for the problem they see. 

Additionally, when you embody resourcefulness. When you are full of resources, it doesn’t matter what your circumstance is, you can still create any result you want in your life. Now, you may be navigating a lot in your current situation, and I don’t want to discount that. Of course, I don’t know everyone’s story specifically. But I do know from talking and connecting with many listeners, and my clients, and doing my best to be an informed human in the world that many people have to work through some very challenging, unbelievably challenging situations. So if you’re hearing me say that it doesn’t matter what your circumstance is, please know that I’m not trying to discount your story or what you’re navigating. 

But, what I do want to offer is that when you are able to take your current situation, your current circumstances, however challenging it is – and think about it in new ways. You can generate that drive and commitment to reaching your goal or finding a solution or making a change. And you will take, whatever actions necessary to make that result happen. 

And what’s more, you’re probably willing to take more risks because you know you can figure out a solution. You know that you’re full of resources. You can make it work. You’re proactive, you’re not reactive. You’re ready to make things happen. And you see opportunities everywhere. Rather than looking around and seeing a world full of problems and no space for hope, your resourceful brain allows you to see the opportunities for growth and change. 

I’m telling you. When you can step into a resourceful mindset, it really is a powerful game-changer when it comes to creating that life that you want to lead. Whether that’s getting a new job, strengthening relationships with the people in your life, getting your entire house decluttered and organized, or finding the time to take the class, when you step into resourcefulness, the possibility around you grows exponentially. Possibility grows right alongside your resourcefulness.

3 R’s of Resourcefulness 

And today I want to share with you what I see as three components to cultivating a resourceful mindset, which conveniently falls into the alliterative pattern of the 3Rs – not to be confused with the three Rs of reduce reuse and recycle, mind you. Instead, we’re talking about the three Rs that I’ve identified as key for cultivating a resourceful mindset.

Now the first of the Rs includes: being resource full. Now when you’re listening to this episode you may be a little confused because I just said to have a resourceful mindset you need to be resourceful. And that sounds absolutely ridiculous. BUT, if you were looking at my notes or reading the transcript, you would see that I have them spelled differently. To be resourceful, you must be – in two words – resource full.

And as a side note, I do have transcripts for each of my podcast episodes available on my website. You’re bound to find grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences. This is one area where I decided to let things be B- work so I can show up fully in other areas. So if typos and poor grammar drive you crazy you may want to avoid them. But for those of you who learn better by following along with the transcript. Or if you like to take notes or refer back to concepts, you can find all the transcripts on my website with each podcast episode.

Sorry – tangent.

So the first R is being resource – full. The second R is being a rule bender. And what I mean by this, is you have the ability to really think outside of the box and try new approaches to obstacles, and look at “how we’ve always done things” in a new and exciting way. And then the third R is practicing resilience with a willingness to try, fail, learn, and try again. 

So what does this look like specifically? What does it look like to live into these three Rs of being resource – full, a rule bender, and resilient? And how can we start implementing these 3 Rs in our lives today? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to look at next. Let’s explore each one of those three R’s with some examples to put them in context. And then you can take the questions we ask and the ideas we explore and implement them in your life as you step into a resourceful mindset for the year ahead.

Resource – Full

So let’s start with being resource full. I think I’ve driven home my new definition enough, so I won’t repeat it again. But I do want to reinforce the importance of challenging your brain to see all of these resources that you have at your disposal. We really want to start seeing all of the new ideas and different tools that surround you and practice seeing them in new ways. How can we start seeing things differently and using them in a way that serves us?

And to put this concept into context, I want to share an example from my time at home in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago. One of the days that I was home, my mom and I got to take care of my niece who is two going on three in March. And when we were hanging out with her, we decided to do some arts and crafts projects. So we pulled up Pinterest and I searched for Owl arts and crafts because my niece’s favorite animal is an owl. So she looked at all the different pins on Pinterest, and she chose a paper bag puppet that looks like an owl. 

Now, if you think about a paper bag puppet, they’re pretty small, right? You need a small paper lunch bag that fits on your hand. Well, the thing is, we did not have a paper lunch bag. We didn’t have any small bags like that. And here’s the deal. Many people would think to themselves, “well, we can’t do that one. We don’t have what we need.”

But not my mom. 

My mom looked around the house and spotted a grocery bag. And she thought, “Hey, why don’t we just use this grocery bag? We can make a really big owl.” First of all, I’m all-in. Let’s totally make a really big owl. 

However, her resourcefulness doesn’t stop there. Because in addition to the obstacle of not having a small lunch bag, the pattern that we were supposed to print out that has the eyes, wings, beak, and feet to glue on that small bag would have been WAY too small. And again, my mom didn’t pause. She didn’t think, “well, let’s just find a different arts and crafts project.” 

Instead, she went into the kitchen and found a glass and a cereal bowl. And she used those dishes as templates, which she helped my niece trace her crayon around. And she used the smaller glass for the eyes and the bigger cereal bowl she cut in half to create the wings. So Ava had all the pieces she needed to create a paper bag owl that’s about 2/3rd her size, and it’s amazing.

Seriously, my mom provided such a perfect example of being in the abundance of resources all around her. Her creativity and ability to use what she had was so strong. And I’ll be sure to post a picture of this owl on Instagram and my website in case you’re curious about what this beautiful creation looks like. 

So, that’s step one. Using your resources. Make the most of what you have. And not letting any obstacles get in the way of creating what you want.

Rule Bending

And this example leads me right into the second of the 3 rs, which is being a rule bender. So often when we get stuck in black-and-white thinking, we believe there’s only one way to do things. But when we can start stretching our minds just a little bit more, we challenge that. We start seeing different approaches to making things happen.

Again, my mom didn’t think that glasses were only for drinking water or the cereal bowl is only for eating cereal. She thought to herself, “that glass is the perfect diameter for an owl eye. And the cereal bowl makes a larger circle, which we can cut in half and make each half be a wing. Perfect. 

She’s bending the rules. She’s using her resources, thinking outside the box, and making it work for her.

Similarly, I was working with a client on establishing her planning approach. I will share what my step-by-step approach to planning is, because it’s the way that works for me. And then, I like to adjust and tweak my process so that it works for each client as well. Because again, there is no right or wrong way to plan. Instead, there is a way that works best for you, which we then practice sticking with and iterating until you have it locked in.

So as I talked through my process with her, I could already hear her mind stretching and playing with my approach in different areas to make it work best for her. 

Now the system or PDF that I send to everyone is more of a traditional planner/notebook approach. And the client I was working with really loves visuals. She loves having that visual reminder out in front of her at all times rather than in a book. 

So knowing that about herself, she decided to use my planning approach and bend the rules a little bit. And she decided what would work best for her is hanging the individual pages on the wall next to her. She would hang the monthly plan first, and then each week she would swap out the weekly plan. And then every day she would map out and time block what she plan to do that day. So she would have the monthly, weekly, and daily plan hanging on the wall for her to see as she worked.

And by having the planning process on the wall next to her, that helped her stay focused. It helped her keep her monthly goal front and center of mind. And it helped her identify what’s most important each day and week to get her toward that end goal for the month.

So when we can look at a current approach or a current system or a current way of doing things, and we can open our mind to looking at it through a new lens, I can really help shift the way we see things and do things and open up so many more opportunities to find approaches that work well for us. It helps us really step into that resource for mindset.

Resilience 

And then finally we get to the third R, which is resilience. Now, let’s be real; it can feel very easy to throw in the towel when things don’t go as expected the first or second time you try something. And it can seem like a given to throw in the towel after the third time it doesn’t go right.

And the real question here is this: are you willing to learn from each experience and keep going anyway? Even though it’s hard and tempting to stop? Because when we practice this resilience there is so much opportunity for resourcefulness. When you are willing to try something, fail at it, learn from the experience, and try something new, that is the secret to success. You are finding the resources within that particular experience, even if it didn’t go as planned. 

And I want to stress that it’s not just looking out what went wrong. In fact, I think the real secret to creating resilience is learning from each failure or setback or obstacle AND learning from each win and success and growth along the way as well. We want to learn from all of it. 

In fact, with my clients, I encourage them to do some reflection before each of our calls on the questions: what went well, and why? What didn’t go as expected, and why? And what will you try differently? Or what did you learn from this experience? 

By doing this exercise, it really encourages resilience and resourcefulness within each experience. Because again, when you take time to reflect and learn, you are finding resources in the experience. You’re asking yourself, how can I get as much as possible from this experience that I just had? Even if it created a result that’s a little different than I anticipated.

And when you can make this a regular practice, it really fosters both resilience and resourcefulness as you continue moving forward.

So this week, my friends, whether you want to make a paper bag owl, create a planning system that works best for your brain, or go after a big goal that seems next to impossible at this point in time, I encourage you to step into resourcefulness by leaning into these three Rs.

As you practice being resource full, challenge yourself to make the most of what’s available. Ask yourself, what is similar to what I need that could also work in the situation What else could work here? Open up your mind. Let yourself brainstorm. Step into that creativity.

Next, play around with rule-bending. Ask yourself, can I think about this differently? Can I create this same result in another way? What else could work in the situation? Get yourself thinking outside the box and challenging the brain when it thinks, “but this is how we always do it,” so you can start finding different alternatives.

And finally, practice that resilience. Open up to learning from each opportunity and experience. And ask yourself often, what can I learn from this experience to help inform my next approach? What did I learn this time, then I can apply going forward? I’m telling you; when you practice these three Rs regularly, you’ll be stepping into that resourceful mindset in no time. 

Alright, my friends, that’s going to do it for us this week. And if you’re ready to take the concepts you’ve learned on the podcast and apply them to your life. If you’re ready to shift from information to implementation, head over to imbusybeingawesome.com/coaching to learn more about how we can work with your brain to take things to the next level.

Also, if you know someone who would love to learn more about cultivating resourcefulness, would you be a rockstar and share this episode with them? Each time you do, you help me get these tools to even more people, and I really appreciate it.

Until next time, keep being awesome. I’ll talk with you soon.

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