Energy Management: Setting Realistic Goals
Goal setting can be tough for the highly sensitive. I know that from experience, unfortunately. Research says it is due to our tendency to experience emotions more deeply and our perfectionist nature. Well, personally I can’t see that just because we experience emotions more deeply would really play a factor in goal setting. I can’t even see how being a perfectionist would have anything to do with it either. As a matter of fact, it is my opinion that being a perfectionist would make it easier to try and set goals.

I believe we experience goal setting as hard because we tend to be free spirits. We live by the heart and are quite comfortable living outside of our comfort zone. I don’t like that feeling of being boxed in or tied down either.

I can say, I want one of my projects done within 3 weeks for example. But how do I know on any one particular in those weeks, I am even going to have an opportunity to work on that project. I can’t predict the future. I don’t even know what each day is going to bring. I can work on the project, yes, but maybe working on a project 3 days in a row, I start to feel overwhelmed. Then what do I do? I have to back off for my own mental health. So I lost a couple of days and my project was delayed.

As I write this, I am thinking maybe, a highly sensitive person should look at the mind-body-heart system as a way to achieve goal setting. In other words, integrate the mind, body and heart in this goal-setting process. By addressing the mind-body-heart system we are demonstrating self-care towards ourselves.


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