April 2020
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What Defines a Project:
Appearance or Underlying Motivation?
by Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG
Whatever it is that lights up your mind defines what you do and why you do it. If you understand this concept, you'll discover your true motivation behind what you do, and it's not because of what it appears to be. Need an example?
Let's say you set out to build a birdhouse. What is your motivation? Is it to end up with a completed birdhouse? Or, rather, is it to learn what it's like to build one? If you have ADHD, chances are that you have several unfinished projects that you started before you understood what motivated you to do any one of them. Your motivation was to get the experience firsthand.... to learn how to do it. Not to have a finished birdhouse, for instance.

If this resonates with you, please read my blogpost, "What Defines a Project: Appearance or Underlying Motivation?" You can learn to manage yourself with more intent and celebrate your success for what it is... without shame through the lens of Society's ignorance. Check it out: www.digcoaching.com/what-defines-a-project/
Jeff Copper
ADHD and Attention Coach

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