Do you ever feel like you’re too much? Too emotional? Too analytical? Too intense? Too sensitive?
The truth is half the time you feel like you’ve been shot out of a cannon, you’re so wired you just can’t seem to stop, the rest of the time you crash so hard you’re not good for much of anything.
You’ve tried a bunch of approaches, but nothing seems to make a difference right away so you give up quickly.
Your loved ones may say you’re overreacting, but for you life really is that intense.
So let me ask you.
Is this you…
- When you’re working it’s go, go, go but the second you have a break you collapse from exhaustion, feeling like a slug.
- Meaningful connection is important but when you do finally have some time you end up canceling on your friends (you’re just too exhausted to go out).
- You have this weird ability to focus on certain things but you can get so lost in your work that you completely lose track of your basic needs (even going to the bathroom!)
- Sometimes you push so hard that by the weekend your body shuts down, you find yourself dizzy, light-headed (brain fog), and – without getting into too much detail… your stomach isn’t happy.
- You feel stifled creatively, since you became a mom and/or got a “real” job, you’ve been feeling trapped because you never have time to do the creative work you crave.
- You’re a serial hobbyist — you collect passions and interests and cycle through them the same way that a chameleon changes color.
- And speaking of that “real” job, you got into it because you wanted to make a difference but you notice there’s a lot of stuff about the work that feels meaningless — endless paperwork, writing useless reports and all those budget meetings.
- You set ridiculously high standards for yourself (in fact other people are often intimidated by you) but you always seem to fall short — it just seems that everybody else is so much more “together” than you.
If you relate, you’re probably a Highly Excitable Person. You may have heard of the term Highly Sensitive Person but this is a little different.
So what do I mean by highly excitable? Highly excitable people have an increased ability to perceive and respond to their environment. In other words……
You pick up on things that other people don’t and respond more intensely than the average Joe — you might break down in tears, you might find yourself obsessively thinking and thinking about a situation, you might actually get a stomach ache, you might get so lost in worst case scenario thinking that you startle when your friend says your name… There’s a feeling of “wired but tired,” until you’re just completely exhausted. All the while you wonder why you’re the only one who seems to be responding in this way…
People often describe you as dynamic, intense, sensitive, fiery, restless, passionate or spirited.
Because you react so intensely to your world you have this unique ability to literally make yourself sick. Many Highly Excitable People suffer from things like adrenal fatigue, chronic pain, exhaustion and/or digestive problems. You might notice yourself getting sick a lot and/or it takes you FOREVER to recover from things, especially when you’re stressed out.
Anxiety is a factor too. You react so intensely to life — your work, dating, your kids– you get so preoccupied with worry, fear or anticipation that it keeps you up at night, keeps you from being able to focus on what you want to do and impacts the way you eat (at the exact time when you should be eating well you reach for that container of chocolate peanut butter cups).
The Good News Is…
You have super powers.
There are five types of excitability: Emotional, Sensual, Psychomotor, Intellectual and Imaginational.
Highly Excitable People have the unique ability to (depending on your type of excitability)…
… form deep connections with other people and living things.
… read other people in a way that most people can’t.
… pick up on tiny nuances in their environment.
… deeply appreciate beauty and often create beautiful, even moving, pieces of art.
… use their dynamic energy to bring people together.
… be able to think things through to create brilliant connections .
… uncover unique angles and perspectives that solve problems and introduce new ways of thinking.
… synthesizing seemingly unrelated pieces of information in a way that creates new ideas and approaches.
… master many kinds of unrelated things at the same time.
… influence others through art or and their intellectual pursuits, understanding the big picture and each individual perspective.
The truth is anyone who has achieved anything great is probably highly excitable in one of the five areas.
Here are some Highly Excitable People throughout history:
- Jane Goodall (Emotional)
- Ansel Adams (Sensual)
- Robin Williams (Psychomotor)
- Albert Einstein (Intellectual)
- Walt Disney (Imaginational)
- Getting home from a full day of work and having the energy to call up a friend and meet her for dinner.
- Having some extra time to take a hot bath (with salts!) without obsessing over all the things you should be doing. To your utter shock you actually enjoy yourself in the moment!
- Sitting down at the end of a busy day, with a cup of tea, and feeling like you got it done — you didn’t spin your wheels, you were actually able to be focused and present on what was important.
- Looking back over the year and smiling to yourself because of all you were able to do and accomplish.
- Sitting down with your family for dinner, looking around the room, and feeling happy, not anxious, not preoccupied, just happy.
- Knowing how to handle the everyday stress of life — family visits, temper tantrums, employee evaluations, traffic jams — without crumpling up in a ball (or screaming back).
- Have a routine in your life that works, so you write every day, make sure to take a walk, drink your water, etc. but know how to adapt when you need to.
- Having a clear sense of “having something special to offer” as opposed to always wondered why you’re the one who is always so sick, wired and tired.
- Being called a thought leader, brilliant or a genius by people you respect.
- Being asked to write, speak or teach about what is passionate to you.
Yes it really is possible!
My mission is to help Highly Excitable people use their fire without getting burned or burned out by connecting with their unique powers, balance their energy and feel a sense of accomplishment in their life.
To help you explore your own unique gifts and how to use them, I created a free Find Your Superpower Course to help you: Identify your individual areas of excitability with an excitability checklist; Customize the name of your own unique superpower; & Explore how you can harness your own power instead of suppressing it or letting it get out of control.