It’s awesome that introverts have a day to celebrate what is great about being an introvert.  Hopefully, you have always known what is great about you. This has not always been the case for me. For years, I tried to “learn” to be an extrovert. What I didn’t understand was that what I perceived as flaws, were, in reality, some of my greatest strengths. As an introvert I have learned that I naturally do a lot of thinking, I usually think before speaking, and I do best with a little solitude each day. I have great gifts and also as an introvert I have some specific needs.  I am much happier, and far more successful than I’ve ever been, simply by being true to myself and my strengths and honoring my needs. I have learned to be my best and not compare myself to others and their gifts. I know what is best for me and what I like to do.

What are your introverted goals for 2020?  Where have you been? What do you want? What are your dreams? You can achieve your goals, but you need to understand how you work best. Find some quiet time and reflect on what you want most. What do you want for your loved ones? Work? Health? Spirituality? What do you like to do for fun? What are your most important priorities in each of these areas?

By understanding who I am, I can approach life boldly with my introverted strengths and gifts and take care of my introverted needs. Here are some things that I keep in mind:

  • I am only strong when I understand who I am and what I need.
  • Quiet does not mean shy.  Quiet for me means thinking before speaking, taking time to reflect, and getting lost in deep thought from time to time. Quiet is a gift.
  • I usually need to think before speaking.
  • I need to let people know when I need time to think.
  • I need to set aside some alone time each day, whether at home or work, for reflection and recharge.
  • I need to act according to my values and not worry what people think.
  • There are some things about myself that I cannot change, such as the way I spend a lot of time in deep thought, but there are many things I CAN change, such as my thoughts around irrational fears.
  • I can engage in small talk when I want to or need to, but it is fine if I avoid some.
  • I need to work to make connections with everyone in my life.
  • It takes work to deepen the close relationships I have, and it is worth it.
  • I need to prepare for presentations and meetings as appropriate to minimize on-the-spot time to think.
  • I need to remember to make my intentions, plans, and vision known to others and not assume they understand what is so clear in my head.
  • I am a master at reflection and can use this ability to be better each day.  I benefit greatly by reading the words of others and reflecting on them.
  • I need to let my voice be heard, whether in person or through writing.
  • I need to strive to have focus as I work on important and meaningful projects.  Multitasking is not usually effective for me.
  • I remember that everyone has great gifts, including me.  I will be my very best and only compare to myself and not others.

What does your list look like?

Be proud of who you are and the gifts you have to offer the world! I hope you are able to celebrate this day in a meaningful way.

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