ADDing in the Spirit

ADDing in the Spirit to Allow Success to Emerge

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie and Peggy Ramundo,
content of the ACO conference binder, from
joint presentation at the 5th Annual ACO convention

The ADD Coach’s Dilemma . . .

“How do I manage strengths-based coaching when I’m dealing with deficits?”

With the necessity of time spent on “functional pragmatics” and ADD/ADHD information in our niche, ADD coaches often struggle to find a way to implement what is often referred to as “whole person coaching.”

Whole Person Coaching:

Partnering with clients to facilitate the process of designing a life of power, beauty and fulfillment: aligned with client standards and values, meeting client needs, and maintaining client-appropriate boundaries;

Championing growth and development as clients move from goal to goal to fashion an experience of living that is an increasingly greater expression of the client’s life purpose.
from OFI’s ADD Coach Training Program reference materials, written by founder
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, MCC, SCAC; ©1994, 2006, 2011, all rights reserved.

 And the Solution  .  .  .   

Go Within

Focusing on the inner workings of the Mind, Body and Soul enables us break free of day-to-day limitations by connecting with the energy behind the thought that manifests in that which we experience.

  • Being Authentic, Being Mindful,
  • Being Fully Present in the Now Moment,
  • Being Connected, Being in the Heart Space,
  • Being Unconditionally Accepting and Loving
  • Being Intuitively Open . . .

It is in this space that clients begin to grow, believing that they can trust intuitive inner guidance. It is in this space that clients discover who they really are and what is most important to them.

And it is through the lens of this space that both client and coach ask the truly powerful questions that move life forward, regardless of (and in addition to) its functional pragmatics.

Coaching from Spirit is about understanding how to touch your inner core as
a vehicle for assisting your clients in understanding how to touch their own

ADDing in the Spirit to Your Coaching:

Step One

As it is with most “projects”, we need to assess the situation, plan the steps, and gather our tools, making sure we have what we need to get started:

Check in with Your Spirit/Self, using these tools:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Appreciation and Respect
  • Unconditional Love and Acceptance
  • Mindfulness/the Now Moment
  • The ADDing in The Spirit Personal Inventory*

ADDing in The Spirit Inventories: soon to post in this series

Step Two

Armed with the information from The ADDing in The Spirit Personal Inventory*, we are ready to move onto the next step:

Check in with Your Mind/Body, keeping an awareness of your Spiritual perspective as well, as you continue using and becoming more comfortable with the tools of Spirit:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Appreciation and Respect
  • Unconditional Love and Acceptance
  • Mindfulness/the Now Moment
  • Personal Reflections
  • The ADDing in The Spirit Mind-Set Inventory* (to capture your current State of Mind from the point of view of spiritual coaching)

*ADDing in The Spirit Inventories: soon to post in this series

Expanding the focus of the “Mind” dimension of the synergistic interaction of Mind/Body/Spirit,
the second part of Step Two

Work Your Brain Muscles

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Appreciation and Respect
  • Unconditional Love and Acceptance
  • Mindfulness/the Now Moment
  • Personal Reflections
  • Listening Ears
  • Thinking Cap. . . 

The Frame Around “ADDing in the Spirit”

The Three Principles of Coaching with Spirit

  • Connection: to Self, clients, and the world at large
  • Mindfulness/The Now Moment
  • Choice and Responsibility

Related Concepts

  • Mind–Body–Spirit Connection
  • Unconditional Love and Acceptance
  • Being vs. Doing
  • Interconnection of Thoughts – Feelings – Behavior

The Seven Magic Words:  How Can I Be of Service Now?

Step Three        

 The fun part! Now we get to put all the pieces together..

 Application and Integration — Putting The Pieces Into Action

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Appreciation and Respect
  • Unconditional Love and Acceptance
  • Mindfulness/the Now Moment
  • Personal Reflections
  • “Listening Ears” and “Thinking Caps”. . .
  • Knowledge about Coaching with Spirit Principles
  • Creativity
  • Commitment to ADD Coaching and Coaching with Spirit
  • Group Co-Creation of Spirit-focused questions to be Web-published
  • The ADDing in The Spirit Coaching Sessions’ Reflections Inventory*

*ADDing in The Spirit Inventories: soon to post in this series

ADD in the Spirit Coach Training
(Links below turn RED on mousover)

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

4 Responses to ADDing in the Spirit

  1. DeShawn says:

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Kate and I understand it may take time. I just didn’t want to miss out on this valuable item if it was posted. Thanks for you quick response.


  2. DeShawn says:

    This is a great article and I’m really looking forward to the ADD Spirit Inventories that you mentioned will be posted soon. Can you tell me if I’ve missed the post or if you have it located in another part of this website? I love this site and I learn or think about something new each time! I appreciate you and your work.


    • No – you have missed nothing – the ADD in the Spirit posts are either all listed in the menu together (Coach Training/Pro) OR listed as Related Content at the bottom of the posts themselves. We are simply waaay behind.

      You may not be aware that our dear friend and colleague Kate Kelly almost died with stage 4 bladder cancer last January, and we have been on her care team. Kate recently transitioned (Kate is also Peggy’s co-author for several books, including the ADD classic You Mean I’m NOT Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!). I doubt we’ll be caught up with everything until January, actually (if then, because of the holidays), since we are currently planning memorials, etc.

      If you sign up for notification, you’ll receive an email whevever anything new is posted, so you’ll know when to come check. (but give us t-i-m-e, please – we’re doing the very best we can, consideraing that we’re grieving)

      Thank you SO much (again!) for taking the time to comment, and for the acknowledgment. It is especially appreciated right now.


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