What’s it like living as an introvert? My personal story and struggle

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What’s it like living as an introvert? My personal story and struggle

What’s it like living as an introvert?

It really depends on your understanding of introversion and knowing how to use it to your advantage!

I am an introvert and I’ve only been able to embrace it completely in the last 5 years. Because it wasn’t until a few years ago, that I understood how to use it to my advantage.

But it hasn’t always been like this. I struggled with introversion for a long time.

Throughout my entire childhood and into my mid 20s, I felt I was lacking particularly when it came to my social skills. I felt awkward and I never quite knew what to say when in a big group. On those rare occasions when I did come up with something I thought was witty… others didn’t quite find it as humorous as me.

Perhaps my belief about my poor social skills was exaggerated because I was also bullied for many things. I felt different from my classmates and I never quite felt like I belonged… as if I was never completely accepted.

I couldn’t get why I was struggling, because on the inside I knew I was a nice person with so much to offer. It wasn’t that I had a hard time connecting with people, but I did it best when I engaged people one-on-one (not when I was in groups).

So I decided to do some work and reflect on myself.

This is what I learned:

When I drop all the ‘shoulds’ out of my mind, life becomes so much better.

I should call my friends on a regular basis.
I should be able to come up with something good to say every time I am in a group.
I should be more extroverted so I can be more successful
I should be more outgoing so people like me better
I should be able to keep up with the rest of them
I should… I should… I should…

All of these shoulds kept me feeling like I wasn’t good enough the way I was. And, I was embarrassed and very afraid that my ‘shyness’ and ‘inadequate social skills’ would keep me from the growth and achievements that I wanted for myself.

And it wasn’t until I searched out a mentor to help me connect what I knew to what I didn’t know. He helped me understand 3 key challenges that I faced that kept me resisting being an introvert.

I invite you to meet my mentor in person and join us for our latest workshop entitled:

Avoid the 3 Common Pitfalls All Introverts Face the Keep Them Struggling achieve Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment

I look forward to meeting you. Let’s walk the path of introversion together.

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