As highly sensitive people, we may exceptionally creative, visionary and aware of many details in our lives. Many of us feel inspired to pursue multiple art and business projects, along with professions, even at the same time.
Along with the emotional and spiritual satisfactions of so many pursuits, many people can become overwhelmed – especially if they have the personality trait of high sensitivity.
[This image is from the book Naming and Taming Overwhelm: For Healthcare & Human Service Providers by Sarri Gilman.]
Heather Dominick is a coach and mentor for Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs.
In this video based on a podcast of hers, she explains some of her perspectives on overwhelm.
From a page for the podcast “Managing Creative Chaos To Lessen Overwhelm” –
“One of the most alluring parts of working as a self-employed entrepreneur is the freedom we get with our schedule.
“However, this also can become a source of great stress for HSE’s, often resulting in a state of overwhelm that is hard to shake.
“In this episode of A Course In Business Miracles, you will learn how to manage overwhelm as a highly sensitive entrepreneur, and how the ways we manage our creative chaos can both help and hurt us on our path towards success as Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs.”
Find more programs and resources by Heather, including podcasts – click the ‘Podcast’ tab at her site
A Course In Business Miracles – Mentoring for Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs.
Heather Dominick writes more about overwhelm, and what to do about it, in a post on her site.
Here is an excerpt:
One of our many Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur (HSE) Strengths is the ability to be Visionary.
The Shadow side of this awesome Strength is massive distraction.
We can see the grand vision of the business we are meant to have, the movement we are meant to lead, the calling we are meant to answer, but then get all overwhelmed and tangled in the details when it comes to actualizing that vision, like a balled up forgotten batch of Christmas tree lights.
I had a Business Miracles Elite Mentoring program member once who would write and write and write on the forum about all of her plans, spilling out every part of her inner process and then when she would get on her monthly Accountability Call with her Business Miracles Coach it was like she had literally forgotten all of her pontificating and would get so overwhelmed by the 3 actions she was being asked to take over the next 30 days.
She couldn’t see the connection no matter any which way we mentored her to break her commitment to the visionary confusion.
Yet, seriously, step-by-step is the only way through the Shadowland for us HSEs.
I get asked all the time how I manage to run a 7-figure business as a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur (and it often comes with a sideways stare as if wondering perhaps If I’m not highly sensitive after all).
My answer is always true and always the same:
One step at a time.
Any other way would have me in a meltdown or at least stuck in my own HSE Coping Cycle, for sure.
And since I’m no longer willing to live any part of my life that way (No matter what anyone else in the industry is saying you need to do to be successful.)
I just keep using the tools I’ve developed to support me in managing both the inner and outer workings of my business, taking the next step, and trusting that I’ll be led.
Text and photo from post No More Meltdowns March 23, 2018 by Heather Dominick.
Find this and other posts in the blog section of her site:
See more quotes by Heather and her video “Are You A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur?” in my article Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur.
One of my related articles: How To Deal With Overwhelm.