End of Year Top 6 Ideas to Fuel Introvert Energy

Either it’s being more introverted or just getting older. I cannot wait for the holidays to be done with. Over. Finished. Finito!

This time of year I prefer to reflect and plan, but instead it’s filled with traveling and family visits. It’s a somewhat practical choice being that it makes sense to be that many holidays are for family. But this means coming back to email overload, mail catch up and over all just chasing my butt.

It gives pause to think an important question for someone more introverted, or anyone feeling low on energy: what are some …

End of year top ideas to fuel introvert energy?

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5 ways to safeguard your introvert identity

If you follow my “almost everything introvert” blog you know I often draw inspiration from my pastor’s Sunday messages. This week is no exception. He was talking about how we (Christ believers) are always in danger of having their identity stolen. We’re letting our identity be stolen, killed or destroyed.

No it wasn’t a fire and brimstone message. His messages are always full of energy, passion and everyday relatable circumstances.

It was at the turn in his message about his brother-in-law, his “kind of weird” relative, it dawned on me how introverts also need to protect their identity. Maybe Jacqueline Gum’s post, Weird … Where’s The Justice set me up for that.

But wait until you hear about what he said that brought on that light bulb moment!

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Introvert Friendly Guide to Holiday Exercise

The holidays are the perfect time for introverts to start engaging in exercise if somehow, it’s dropped off the to-do list. This may sound counter-intuitive but stay with me and maybe you’ll be influenced otherwise.

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Introvert friendly guide to holiday exercise, top 4 tips:

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5 Top #Introvert Traits We Can Be #Grateful About

introvert_gratitudeHave you noticed in the stores we’ve jumped right from Halloween to Christmas holidays? What’s missing in this picture? This year there is little decoration and still little sign of turkey and all the stuffing. But doesn’t that have the potential for us to be all the more grateful?

That’s what I love about Thanksgiving. It’s not crowded in the gratefulness arena.

This morning my pastor was talking about knowing our identity in light of God’s love. That got me thinking about how once an introvert can figure out who they are, then they can also figure out how to better navigate when happenings are more extroverting.

There’s no need to apologize, there’s no need to struggle with situations, and we, and anyone around us, can be happier being grateful for who we are.

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6 Ways to #Quiet the Brain and Boost #Creativity

It was 2010 when a collaboration partner introduced me to Snowden McFall a 29 year entrepreneur, professional speaker and author of 5 books, including Fired Up!, and Stress Express! She’s definitely an extrovert and a fabulously motivating person. When you just read her emails or hear her speak, you’ll know what this means.

This is one of her recent newsletter articles. Whether you want to Boo a noisy brain, or just invite in creativity this guest post is loaded with introvert, even extrovert wisdom.

6 Ways to #Quiet the Brain and Boost #Creativity

brain_overloadIf you’re like most busy professionals, you have very little time for yourself. Deadlines, meetings, reports, quotas, metrics, family, life obligations all take a toll on us. Your brain is constantly going. You have “cerebral congestion” or “cognitive overload.”[Continue Reading…]

Get Rid of 5 Monsters Now

monster_houseTrick or treat? Personally I’m tired of doing tricks and am ready for treats. Whether it’s a treat from someone to me, or one I give myself, with Halloween on the calendar it’s time to get rid of 5 monsters now.

Have you ever heard, “When you seek the truth, ask a wise woman?” No that is not me who I’m speaking about, but instead, it’s on the cover of my box of Wisdom of the Crone cards. It’s a gift one of my family members gave to me a few years ago.

Once in a while I lift a card from this deck of 54 cards in addition to any other personal process that day, to help me recharge my energy. Today, was one of those “help me I’m drowning”, I’m in overwhelm, kind of days. Overwhelm is a feeling, that’s it. Most of the time I bring it on or cause it myself.

This Crone deck card is one I’ve read before, and I get it on an intellectual basis: acceptance.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Acceptance.

But maybe because of recent happenings in kind of a haunting way, the words of guidance were, well, haunting.

Here’s how I will get rid of 5 monsters now:

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6 Tips From Public Speaking To Blogging With Joel Osteen’s Model

writing_what_you_speakMany writers are introverts. We take in life fully, reflect about experiences and some of us then write or blog about those findings.

You may or may not know Joel Osteen. He’s labeled everything from mega-church pastor to Christian evangelist on the periphery. When my mom used to stay with me she loved listening to Joel every Sunday morning. I would catch a word here or there but did not ever listen to a full message. Whatever he and his wife Victoria are, whatever you think of him, their church has the largest congregation of about 45,000 people, in the USA. It’s got to be worth paying attention with that kind of real life following.

Osteen recently launched a satellite radio station. My husband and I do a fair amount of traveling via car and years ago we subscribed to satellite radio. Maybe you subscribe? Now being able to tune in from my car why not listen and see what mom found so inspiring?

After hearing a couple of his messages, I began to think, could we learn as writers?

Here are 6 tips from public speaking to blogging with Joel Osteen’s model.

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Brainstorming: Bane Of Most Introverts But Writers Block Tool For Bloggers

“Pass,” is usually my first reply when the first question or problem is posed in a brainstorming session. As an introvert corporate trainer giving workshops about this process, and using it during them, right from the beginning I would make saying “pass” acceptable for everyone.

Maybe you don’t know? Introverts prefer a little time to think things over. That’s why typical brainstorming – fast-paced and heaving breathing – don’t generally work for us getting our best ideas heard upfront.

But what if you want to get some expertise advice for your next blog post because you’re feeling in writer’s block prison? Now there is a brainstorm tool for the introvert who wants to either get ideas, or contribute to helping someone else, on more introverted terms.

Brainstorming: bane of most introverts but writers block tool for bloggers.

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3 Introvert Lessons from National Energy Month and Federal Income Tax

In 1913, on October 3, Federal Income Tax was made law in the USA. At that time it was just 1% to 7% of a person’s income. The song, “Carry me back” comes to mind as a way to avoid my stomach upset.

October also is National Energy Awareness Month in the USA. We’re asked to act in ways showing our awareness of how energy affects our prosperity, security and environment.

Is there any good that can come from the concurrence of these events? There are:

3 Introvert Lessons from National Energy Month and Federal Income Tax

Paying taxes is an energy drainer for me. How about you? I am not asking anything political nor wanting to know the benefits of taxes. This is simply asking do they have any affect on your energy?

introvert_energySometimes I can drive my husband crazy if I want to add something to our life to make wiser use of energy. One year I replaced our nightlights with the kind that come up pretty much at sundown. This year it was our landscape lights. The outdoor light maintenance company sold me on the idea of using LED’s instead of replacing he burned out bulbs with the same kind that usually last only a year. If you regularly add new ways into your life that contribute to wiser use of energy, raise your hand?

While taxes and energy might seem far apart in similarity, it might help to imagine that if you tax your “personal” energy every day where does that leave you as an introvert? Or, if you are an extrovert on the go?

What can you do (or not do) to go from possibly feeling out of control to in control, being regularly taxed physically, mentally, emotionally and bringing your true nature into more of your life?

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Introvert in Business to Business Sales: Take the Hard Way Out

confidentI’m going to tell you the truth – which may be painful.

You may hope that this will be an article in which I detail how introverts can make millions in sales and never have to be uncomfortable or speak to anyone – that somehow I will have the “secret” to selling without any discomfort.

Well, I don’t.

The reason why good salespeople often make as much or more than many in upper management is because of their willingness to deal with painful experiences – like getting rejected – again, and again, and again. The “secret,” if there is one, is to keep going until the discomfort and rejection don’t bother you anymore.

Introvert in Business to Business Sales: Take the Hard Way Out

The truth is, if you want to be a top salesperson, you are going to have to pay your dues. And it is usually painful – at first. You will be rejected – many times. What you may not realize is that top salespeople, many of whom consider themselves introverts, have learned to be comfortable with discomfort. The pain and rejection doesn’t bother them like it may have in the beginning. They know that discomfort, when consistently confronted, gives way to confidence. This feeling of strength does not come by reading this article. It does not come by imagining that you are confident. This strength only comes to those who, in real life, endure pain and discomfort until they give way to confidence and strength.

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