Are you an adrenaline junkie? This label conjures an image of a person hang gliding or racing motorcycles. It might even evoke the picture of a professional first responder, like a firefighter, police officer, paramedic, soldier, nurse, or Search and Rescue. Few have the image of a financial advisor, lawyer, pastor, or factory worker.

Anyone can overuse adrenaline.

Procrastinators use adrenaline, so do people who are obsessive-compulsive. Definitely, those who have the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are users of this natural rocket fuel. I borrow many of these categories to describe myself. I am a firefighter, a trauma specialist, one with the symptoms of Attention Deficit, and a procrastinator. When I am on adrenaline, I am fully in the present moment, I feel invigorated, my senses are tuned up, I feel powerful, my thoughts are quick and rapid. I can understand how people can get hooked on this. I can also understand how an adrenaline lifestyle can slowly creep into my daily operating system.

Can I make it in 70?

I remember having a speaking gig in a town an hour and a half away. I left an hour and a half before I was to speak. I realized my miscalculation after I was on the road. The way I had timed it, I would arrive with a minute before going on stage. That was not enough time. I adjusted my speed. I made the 90 minute trip in 65 minutes. After an hour of travelling at high speed, all felt normal. I wondered the next time I had to make the trip, would I think it takes 90 minutes for the trip, or would I be thinking I could do it in 70?

Sometimes people use adrenaline because they like to be busy. Sometimes it is to avoid boredom, sometimes using adrenaline is the feeling of control and they love the mood.

Adrenaline Self-Test

Adrenaline self-test sneak peek

Adrenaline Self-Test

I am currently constructing an e-course on the ins and outs of adrenaline and mental health. I have watched organizations convert their adrenaline into relational drama and then eventually burn out. I have met with many who have thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue. Today, I have included a quick self-assessment written by Thomas Leonard, brought to you by the generous people at Coachville. Perhaps your test results will confirm what you already know, perhaps it might surprise you. I can assure you if you are one to burn the candle at both ends, your group management or personal operating system is not sustainable. Let me know what you think.