Growing up, I guess you could say that I would classify myself as being shy. I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur and that being an entrepreneur would take someone with a little more boldness, but I figured that my courage to be bold would come out over time. It took a lot for me to gain the confidence and courage that I have today, through my good and bad experiences, I was able to learn a lot of valuable lessons. But, today I stand as a bold and fearless entrepreneur, wife and account executive.
So in this post, I’m diving deep into how to overcome that shyness and, more specifically, what you can do to create opportunities for yourself, whether that be business and networking opportunities or just meeting new people.
Let’s do it, shall we?!
1. START WHERE YOU ARE
Where do you work currently? Are you bold in your workplace? Do you share ideas and speak up? Most people think they have to be bold in unconventional scenarios, but it starts right where you are. While at work, strengthen your ability to speak up, be bold, get to know everyone there. Ask questions, show your leadership skills by taking on responsibilities. Always remember that your current situation is preparing you for something bigger, so take the opportunity to grow where you are until you’ve outgrown every inch of your current space.
2. BE FEARLESS + CONFIDENT
I always ask myself, what is the worst that can happen? TAKE CHANCES!
Taking risks is one of my favorite tips, and at the same time, it has to be the hardest to achieve. Fear, my friends, is our greatest enemy. In fact, we shouldn’t be fearful of anything in the world at all. Fear is something that holds us back. It’s that little voice in our heads that tells us “you can’t do this,” or “why even try.” Also, fear leads to worrying about what others may think. It leads you to feel like everything you do should be validated. That’s not a great way to live life. Whether it’s changing their career path or investing time and money into mastering a new hobby, confident women aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone — they live for it. If you want to create more opportunities for yourself, you need to leave fear out of the picture.
3. GET CREATIVE
Try something new, a new recipe, a new way to work out, etc. Do something that you’ve never done. Refuel your curiousness about the world and life. When you do the unusual thing regularly, you tend to discover a ton of new and exciting things. And that will refuel your curiousness about what else is out there that you haven’t discovered just yet.
4.PUT YOURSELF IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT
“Begin with some small changes that do not present any real threat, such as eating at a different restaurant in a different part of town, or attending an art exhibit. The idea is to place yourself in new arenas where you control the interaction.” — Barbara Carleton
5. GET A PARTNER
Some things just aren’t meant to be done alone. For over two years, I’ve had a dream to produce and present an empowering women’s conference. But it remained a dream and nothing more. Then one day my best friend called me and expressed her interest in getting in on this journey with me, and I finally realized that having a partner brought me to higher heights. Where I am weak, she produces a greater strength, vice versa. I needed a partner in this endeavor. It’s amazing how much fun it is to create with your best friend.
6. IMAGINE YOUR SUCCESS
If you spend a few minutes each day visualizing your success you will become more willing to take risks associated with it. Give your brain a break and daydream a bit. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Now go ahead and get uncomfortable – I promise it’s worth it, and you won’t feel uncomfortable for long!