7 Empowering Questions To Help You Overcome Shyness
By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
Have you ever found yourself in situations where you've really struggled to express yourself? Whether it's not knowing what to say, not feeling comfortable to share your thoughts or finding yourself being intimidated by stronger personalities, the consequences of shyness can affect our ability to really connect with others, feel understood and be appreciated for the unique way we see the world.
The ability to listen and empathise with others can be incredibly powerful, but when we fail to speak up in situations where we'd like to, we can limit our ability to lead, inspire and make an impact on others.
There have been many legends who have faced and overcome shyness from CEOs to actors and authors. Here's a couple of quotes from legends who have both faced and overcome their shyness...
"My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness."
- Al Pacino
"I'm concerned with the lost, the lonely, the shy. I think shyness is in some ways more widespread now than formerly. I used to be shy myself. Of course, you can't be me now and remain shy, but I remember very well what it felt like."
- Ruth Rendell
Shyness can affect anyone in many different ways and it can be the source of great frustration over time if it is not looked at. If you are someone who struggles with shyness and want to overcome it, then here are some empowering questions that will help you to reflect on your current situation and find a way forward helping you to become more confident and open in all areas of your life...
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