How Executive Function Transcends into Daily Successes

Executive Function: a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.

In nature of the definition itself, developing Executive Function skills is a process that takes time. Some people have their lack of skills pointed out to them as children, usually by an adult: “Why can’t you just do it?” Sometimes they look around and see that everyone around them can do it so easily, but they can’t - which negatively impacts confidence, especially in a child. These processes one must develop effect daily productivity as well as long-term goals. These daily activities can provide the acknowledgment that the skills need to improve.

Growing your skills takes steps - the first to just be open minded. Ask yourself if you’re ready and willing to do something different so that you can get a different result. This prepares you for the idea that there is room for improvement and you will be seeking that help. If you find that you need a coach it is beneficial to find one you feel you can trust - trust helps your growth progress through honesty, accountability, consistency and persistence. 

A coach or a trustworthy friend can be an incredible accountability partner. You may ask, "Why would I need an accountability partner?" Knowing that someone (besides yourself) is going to truly appreciate the effort and courage it took you to follow through works as motivation. The accountability also helps avert procrastination since you know someone is counting on you and believes in you and your plan to follow through by a certain deadline. Accountability acts as a reminder and incentive.  Without it, you run the risk of letting yourself down and feeling shame. And who needs that?

What Executive Function skills do you believe you need the most help with improving?