I am getting so tired of hearing the advice to introverts to “pretend to be an extrovert sometimes.” The truth is that I have unsuccessfully tried to do just that for most of my life. It was not until I understood my introversion that I started really moving toward the success in life I was after.
I am naturally drawn to my inner world of ideas. I am a thinker. This is a gift. Sometimes I need time to think. I process information internally, rather than by talking it out. This is what makes me an introvert. I cannot change it and, now that I understand it, I don’t want to. Understanding my introversion unlocks all of my potential.
I have some strengths and needs that are common among introverts and some that are unique to me. By learning to appreciate and cultivate my individual gifts and needs, I can use my own strengths to accomplish whatever I need to do… again, I can succeed by using MY OWN STRENGTHS, not by pretending to be something or someone that I’m not.
Of course I may need to work or practice to get better at certain things, and someone with different gifts may excel in an area where I do not. But as I harness the power of my own strengths, I can be stronger than I ever imagined. And, as I recognize the unique gifts of others and help them understand what makes them strong, I can help them achieve what they want and need. I don’t need to pretend to be something I am not, but by being myself, I can be the strong person I was born to be. And you can, too.