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My need for solitude and quiet was something I recognized in myself at an early age.
Content sitting behind everyone in a room and seeing everything going on around me, that's where I thrived.
Some people thought I was sitting idly by while they had all the fun. But it never looked like any fun to me, there was too many people, being too loud, acting bizarre, getting nothing accomplished.
Introverted people are quiet but far from unproductive. They care far less about being superstars,they want the job done as well as possible.
Introverts are characterized by analytical thinking and persistence.
Introversion is often confused with shyness or fear of social situations. In this case, it could mean that these people are introverted and have a high degree of self-reflection.
Introverted people can be very creative. They may just need some room to just be themselves and create.
Introverts are very attentive to their surroundings. They are very good observers and take more details into consideration compared to their extroverted colleagues. This is very important especially in team communication and negotiations. They produce the best results when not being micro-managed.
Maybe you're not the loudest voice in the room, but introverts are usually the best listeners. That could be why introverts are powerful additions to every business.
Coined by psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s, Introvert or Extrovert (aka extravert) were terms used to describe how two groups derive their energy.
Introverts derive energy from solitude, deep thinking, and time spent alone.
Extroverts derive their energy from the people around them.
Each end of the spectrum is important- when they team up in the workplace.
The reality, though, is that introverts are people who need to observe.
1. Prioritize alone time
By now, most people know that introverts need alone time — and plenty of it. And yet, many introverts still struggle to prioritize their alone time. Mentally strong introverts understand and honor their need for solitude.
2. They don’t feel guilty about their needs
Mentally strong introverts know that their needs are different than those of an extrovert. They don’t beat themselves up about it. Instead of feeling guilty about their quiet, solitude-loving nature, they embrace who they are without judgment.
3. They have a growth mindset
Mentally strong introverts have what Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success calls a “growth mindset”. A person with a growth mindset is focused on the process of learning, rather than the product. Such a person isn’t driven by dollar sign.
mistakes are a natural part of the journey. Mentally strong introverts don’t dwell on wrong turns, but instead see each misstep as an opportunity to learn and grow.
4. They set healthy boundaries
Mentally strong introverts know how to set healthy boundaries. They tell their loved ones when they need space. They might also set boundaries surrounding their time, energy, and social calendar. And they don’t feel bad about it.
Introverts who are mentally strong see that setting healthy boundaries helps improve their relationships, and overall happiness.
5. They focus on their strengths
I’m a strong believer that introverts can do anything that extroverts can do. Often we can do it better; However, there are some things that may come more naturally to us as individuals.
Mentally strong introverts don’t waste time focusing on their limitations. Instead, they focus their precious energy toward building on their natural strengths.
“[I]ntroversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.” — Susan Cain
6. They pursue success on their own terms
Mentally strong introverts know that success is theirs to define. They don’t waste time trying to mould themselves into what their friends, family, and neighbours see as the definition of success. They use their values, dreams, and passions as their compass on the winding road toward fulfillment and happiness.
Personally, I really identify with Maya Angelou’s simple, yet brilliant, definition of success:
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
7. They have fulfilling relationships
Just because we’re introverted, doesn’t mean we don’t want and need fulfilling relationships. No one knows this better than mentally strong introverts, who surround themselves with people who love, and accept them for who they are. Don’t get me wrong.
Mentally strong introverts aren’t necessarily social butterflies. In fact, they might have very few friends. Rather than try to win popularity contests, they focus on quality over quantity in relationships.
8. They make their mental health a top priority
When you spend as much time in your head as we introverts do, you start to understand the importance of mental health. Mentally strong introverts take care of their mind by giving it space to wander, and ponder. They meditate, go for walks, and practice the fine are of doing nothing.
Mentally strong introverts also seek out support when their mind starts to turn against them. When negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression sneak in, they talk to a trusted loved one or professional, who can help them find their way out of the fog.
9. They exercise
When was the last time you broke a sweat? If you’re a mentally strong introvert, you probably do so on a regular basis. Mentally strong introverts know that exercise is an easy and proven way to boost confidence, mental clarity, and overall happiness. And it doesn’t end there.
According to Michael Otto, PhD, a professor of psychology at Boston University,
“The link between exercise and mood is strong. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement.Exercise may be a way of biologically toughening up the brain so stress has less of a central impact.”
10. They are captains of their own ship
Have you ever talked to someone who just loved to play the victim? The world is against them, and they are completely powerless. Mentally strong introverts have the opposite mindset. They see themselves as captains of their own ship. No matter what life throws at them, they focus on what they can do, instead of what seems impossible. Mentally strong introverts might feel a little self-pity now and then. But they never stay in this state for long. Their powerful sense of personal responsibility keeps them moving forward in spite of crummy circumstances.
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