What Stepping Up Looks Like: Introvert-Style
Welcome to my new digs, what do you think?
I’m still settling in, making tweaks, and working on a couple of other things in the background, but I’m pretty happy with how the rebrand and the site has come together.
If you haven’t already, you might like to check out my updated about page and get a little more insight into who I am and what I do.
I’ve also updated my coaching packages, because it is truly my honour to help you work out what you want and find your own way to shine in your life and business (and everything in between) and I want you to really know what we can do together!
My contact page has some new photos and updated links to guest posts or interviews I’ve taken part in, if you fancy having a look.
There are a few more pages still to come and I promise to let you know when they’re up and running. But, mostly, it feels like that feeling when you move somewhere new or buy a brand new car. Like you’re stepping up into an upgraded version of you or your life, or something like that.
Which leads me to today’s post.
A little insight into what stepping up looks like: introvert style.
In my mind, I’m often slightly crazy and prone to overthinking. One second, I’ll have a ‘brilliant idea’, and within minutes, I will have completely torn that idea apart with ‘what ifs’. Other times, I turn it into a big, HUGE thing and get completely overwhelmed. And then there is super-creative- riding-on-a-coffee-high me that has about 20 ideas in one go and then just doesn’t know where to start.
That’s about six months before I actually even do anything.
Oh, the notebooks that are filled with exciting ideas of things I long to do. Someday.
You know what I mean:
:: Thinking ‘This idea’s awesome. Oh wait, false alarm. It’s terrible. The worst. You’re an idiot.’
:: Deciding you need to do a shit-load-of-research before making any sudden movements.
:: Going around and around in circles looking for the flaws or imperfections in your plans.
:: That sudden and overwhelming fear of being seen, ‘Who am I to be all showy and out there?”
:: That paradoxical fear of NOT being seen, “What if I get ignored like that time in the third grade and feel horribly embarrassed and still be thinking about it in 20 years?!”
Want me to go on? You don’t need me to, do you?
Because you know what I’m talking about. The flurry of activity in your head when you decide to do anything outside of your warm and cosy comfort zone. (No judgement, I’m speaking out of experience here.)
But, every now and then, thoughts fall through the cracks and actually HAPPEN. And that’s entirely up to you and the passion you have for what you most want to achieve. The ball’s in your court. It has nothing to do with the fact that you’re an over-active-thinker.
So, a couple of questions that I find always help me to get into action:
:: What do I really want right now? What do I most want to achieve?
:: What steps do I need to take to make that real?
:: What’s one thing I can do today to get closer to my goal?
:: What’s the worst thing that could happen if I did that one thing?
:: What’s the best thing that could happen?
Stepping up, my introverted friend? It’s about baby steps. Take the time you need to think the crap out of something. Journal. Meditate. Hide it away and not think about it for six months, then whip it out again and get started. Talk to your closest friends about it. Plan. Make lists.
DO WHATEVER IT IS YOU NEED TO DO.
And then, take real action. Little by little, you’ll get there. It might not be as quickly as you wish, or as out-there-going-for-it as ‘everyone else’, what’s important is that you do it in YOUR way, and that you DO something.
You’re running your own race and, when you want it badly enough, nothing will stop you from taking those steps everyday.
For good reason, I think. Because that is exactly as they are supposed to. They were the thoughts that deserved to be acted on. They were right for the given moment.
And because I wanted them to – more than all the thoughts and fears and doubts that popped into my head in the lead up to it.
And that notebook full of ideas? Its time will inevitably come too.
What’s the one thing you can do today to take that first step (or second, or 23rd step) closer to getting exactly what you want? Share it below, if you’re brave. But, more importantly, DO IT.
I’ll go first, shall I? I’m launching my eBook next week, (fingers crossed it comes together by then). It’s called Shhh…An Introvert’s Guide To Creating Inner Calm, Outer Quiet, and an Exceptionally Beautiful Life.
I’m SO excited to share it with you and this post contains an excerpt from it.
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