𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓽𝓼 𝓒𝓪𝓷’𝓽 𝓑𝓮 𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓯𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓷𝓽

𝓘𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓽𝓼 𝓒𝓪𝓷’𝓽 𝓑𝓮 𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓯𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓷𝓽

How can they be..?

Introverts don’t shout out

They don’t put their hands up in class

Introverts aren’t arranging huge social events

They’re shy

All of the above means Introverts can’t be confident

Or so I thought…

Me? I am introverted

I wouldn’t say I am shy, but I do like to listen to my own thoughts

I internalise the majority of the information I take in

Much like a computer, I would download the information and process it

Others would shout out, have something to say

Me?

I would think about saying something but find arguments for and against and a variety of perspectives

Some perhaps may have thought I wouldn’t participate or contribute

This happened throughout school and then in the workplace

I continued with the story I was telling myself that I wasn’t confident

𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓪 𝓬𝓪𝓵𝓶 𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓬𝓮𝓷𝓬𝓮 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝔂𝓸𝓾

When I was doing my NLP course one of the other attendees told me I had a calm presence about me

This got me thinking

I am calm, not a lot fazes me

In the face of adversity, I still remain calm

Why?

I believe in myself and would always bet on myself due to the work I put in

I evaluated my initial beliefs

Confidence wasn’t someone who was just loud

Who did all the talking

Who was the centre of all the attention

These people may not even be confident themselves

They may look in, but internally the triggers may have been the other end of the spectrum

My characteristics which got me results were Introverted

I used them to my advantage!

We all have different characteristics & traits. It doesn’t define us or means we can be confident or not

We can change them if we wish

𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓨𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓢𝓽𝓻𝓮𝓷𝓰𝓽𝓱𝓼

I always observe a situation, and by doing so it allows me to take stock of it. Identify what is going on and provide input in my own time

If I just tried to ‘act confident’ (act as an extrovert) I would lose that ability. I would be trying to put the words back into my mouth as the situation unfolds

Know what your strengths are, use them to your advantage

Other areas may just require some work. That is fine, but know you can improve them if you wish

Introverted, or Extroverted it really doesn’t matter. You can be confident, or you could suffer from self-doubt

Someone who talks loads doesn’t equal confident

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