Have 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.
5 top introvert traits we can be grateful about:
A mind like a playground.
To get and stay focused is relatively easy. One year at a sales meeting, when I was a sales manager, I was role-playing a follow-up sales call with my boss. We each had a prop telephone. One of the salespeople in attendance blurted out a question – not in the script. I cupped the mouthpiece as if the staged conversation were real to answer them! Almost instantly we were all laughing!
Being able to tune things out when focus is needed often helps me to be able to find more peaceful headspace. It’s something I’m most grateful to be able to do.
Often slow to respond.
Sometimes I take my sweet time to reply to email, a Twitter post or the like. Even when talking with friends or attending a business meeting, it’s quite common I will join a face-to-face conversation late in the process.
This works for me because I usually have more questions before I want to share my perspective. It allows me to often take idle talk deeper. There have not been any complaints so it must land well with even my extrovert circle.
Less pressure to party.
When I was in my 30s life and business seemed to move from a happy hour to a party and back around again. The pressure to attend was enormous, unless I wanted to put up with all the conversation around me not showing up. “What’s the matter, anti-social?” “Don’t you like us?” “Are you always this serious?”
It took years to develop my confidence in saying “No,” to more and more invitations. Today I don’t have to think twice to turn down an invitation if my energy is drained or I just feel I’d rather be alone. It’s easier to – just say no. And my larger circle of acquaintances knows now, not to push.
Preference to work alone.
If as an introvert you try to be more like an extrovert it can be like going through a revolving door with a surfboard – difficult to stay true to yourself without compromise. In some of my coaching and speaking, I’ve found some introverts would rather struggle trying to be more extroverted then discover their strengths and let them guide them more smoothly.
I know who I am.
What makes me authentically strong is I know who I am. If as an introvert you try to be more like an extrovert it’s can be a little like going through a revolving door with a surfboard – difficult. To stay true to yourself means you know what you can and cannot compromise on. In some of my coaching and speaking, I’ve found some introverts would rather struggle trying to be more extroverted than to discover and then allow their strengths to lead them. I’m grateful for knowing a more resilient way.
Do you have a specific personal trait to add to 5 Top #Introvert Traits We Can Be #Grateful About? Can you tell us about it?