Do you suffer from severe shyness? Are you interested in meeting new people but feel awkward and unsure when doing so? Do you want to participate in conversations but get tongue-tied and overly conscious? These are all the tell-tale signs of an introvert; someone who is afraid of meeting new people, constantly feels self-conscious, lacks self-confidence and hates being the centre of attention. If you find yourself watching your friends socializing and wondering why it is so easy for them but so hard for you then you need to take control of your shyness. Being an introvert leaves you on the periphery of life but John Robert Powers can help you to gain the confidence you need to be a part of the action. Follow these steps to break out of your shell!
Unfortunately, shy people can be mistaken as unfriendly or rude because they appear standoffish. Therefore, it is important to send the right signals, even if it is just a smile or making direct eye contact. It can also help to focus the attention away from yourself by starting a conversation and asking questions to give other people a chance to talk about themselves. When one-on-one conversations become more comfortable, challenge yourself to talk to groups.
It is extremely important to develop a positive self-image because an introverted personality results from self-doubt. If you refrain from comparing yourself to others and learn to love who you are by embracing your strengths and trying to improve your limitations, you will soon notice an increased level of confidence. Self-development takes time and everyone needs encouragement so make sure you seek the support of your family and trusted friends.
Rather than giving in to your anxieties and fears, make an effort to participate in order to overcome your shyness. Although social interaction may be difficult, try to learn coping strategies like deep breathing, visualisation, affirmation and relaxation techniques to stay calm.
Join activities and programs that will encourage you to come out of your shell. Summer is a great time to sign up for camps, personality development, sports and arts programs. You will not only enrich and enhance your social skills, but nurture your talents and interests too!
Remember that practice makes perfect so it is important to put yourself in as many social situations as possible in order to break out of your shell. Your shyness does not have to hold you back forever if you learn to deal with it positively. Every effort to overcome it is a step towards greater sociability, heightened self-esteem and increased confidence. Give us a call to find out more about how John Robert Powers can help you to unleash your potential.