Ladies and gentlemen, I am an introvert.
Somewhere along the line, I confused professionalism with being quiet. I’ve made myself that “being professional” meant nodding politely, saying yes sir, no sir, and so forth. All these things are important to a professional, but somewhere my voice has been lost in the shuffle.
I’m a wall flower now. Social situations make me uneasy and I’m not sure when that started to happen. I used to draw all of the attention in the room and speak my mind. Now I hang in the back of the room and look around for someone I know. Once I find that person I can start socializing, but I need someone to feel comfortable with first.
Being able to address your flaws and imperfections is powerful. Once you can identify something that holds you back you can change it. It’s like how “they” say that the first step to healing is admitting there’s a problem. Well, I have a problem, and it’s my little shell I’ve put around myself. I have a plan.
Here’s what I’m going to do:
• Tweet new people every day. If you’re one of them, say hi back. It’ll make my day.
• Find more social interactions. I like my house, I’m happy there after work with a good book and a nice meal. But I need to get out more.
• The next time I’m at a social function, I’m going to walk up to someone I don’t know and strike up a conversation.
Tomorrow, I’m going to bust out of my shell. What are you going to do?