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- In meetings, you keep your mouth shut, overshadowed by your talkative and more adventurous colleagues. You find it difficult to interview, ask for a pay raise, take the initiative and promote your ideas. Does this mean that an introvert cannot make a career? Of course not! What should an introvert do to be noticed and appreciated?
- The introversion myth
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Creative visualization: the power of imagination
- Creative visualization exercise
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In meetings, you keep your mouth shut, overshadowed by your talkative and more adventurous colleagues. You find it difficult to interview, ask for a pay raise, take the initiative and promote your ideas. Does this mean that an introvert cannot make a career? Of course not! What should an introvert do to be noticed and appreciated?
The introversion myth
The introvert is often portrayed as someone who lacks social skills, as someone who prefers to be behind the scenes, content with being a spectator. But extroverts, by all accounts, are like social butterflies, invariably basking in the rays of glory, because they are destined for a place on the stage.
And while the vortex of social life in which we are all involved may reflect our personality type, this general perception is not entirely accurate. The difference between introversion and extraversion is much more related to how we express and direct our energy.
Contrary to popular belief, introverts aren't necessarily always shy or asocial. They are often excellent observers and are good at listening. Not inclined to interfere at the beginning of a meeting or meeting, introverts are more likely to remain calm and slightly brooding, while more energetic extroverts go out of their way to speak up.
Initially having developed listening skills, introverts prefer to get all the information they can before expressing their point of view, and often surprise the audience with their adequate and thoughtful attitude.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
It's not for me to tell you that worry is counterproductive. As soon as you imagine the worst and the world turns dark, anxiety starts to build up. By imagining an impending cataclysm, you invite it into your life. Irrational beliefs, self-destructive beliefs, and self-blame for our shortcomings fuel negative emotions and invariably affect behavior. Despite the fact that you cannot predict the future, there is something that you can influence to a certain extent - your own thoughts.
CBT is a proven and reliable technique that can help you realistically appreciate negative thoughts about yourself while tuning in to the positive ones you deserve. The basic concept of CBT is that our thoughts affect how we feel. Perhaps it is not external situations or events that occur that determine our feelings
It is more likely that our own feelings are influenced by our perception of a situation or event. So when you find yourself thinking about upcoming networking and asking yourself questions like "What if I say something stupid?" or “I’m afraid no one wants to talk to me,” you can question these thoughts with CBT.
First of all, object to this negativity by mentally asking yourself the following questions: "How realistic is it at all that I will say something stupid?" or "Is it really possible that no one wants to talk to me?" Then replace your negative thoughts with affirmations such as “I am smart and open to communication” and “People are interested in talking to me.”
This approach with self-hypnosis and affirmations may seem oversimplified, but to a certain extent, you are what you think. Imagine that thoughts are powerful building machines that can either create or destroy the foundation of your self-worth. While it is dangerous to dive into self-destruction, it also allows everyone to present themselves in a positive light.
Denying your strengths and underestimating your skills can become dangerous habits over time. As with any habit, recovering and acquiring new thought scripts will take time and practice.
Creative visualization: the power of imagination
Creative visualization is an effective cognitive process that uses mental imagery to enhance self-esteem in interpersonal communication. With your eyes closed, you can conjure up images and scenarios that raise self-esteem and reinforce a positive self-image.
Let's say you have a social event or meeting approaching, and the usual feeling of anxiety begins to build up. To counter your growing anxiety, try, for example, doing the following quick creative visualization exercise (both in a one-on-one situation and in a group interaction situation) or create your own scenario. Imagine these "pictures" one by one until you experience a positive result right here and now. This experience can have a powerful effect on your unconscious mind.
Creative visualization exercise
Imagine walking into a room, bathing in confidence, and your whole appearance speaks of competence and self-control. The room is unfamiliar to you, and you do not know the people in it either. You notice a person standing alone against the wall, approach him and with a friendly smile hold out your hand. You can vividly imagine breaking the first ice with a few simple phrases. You quickly find out that the interviewee is familiar with your organization and knows one of your colleagues.
The conversation flows naturally, you exchange information about each other, about your work and news about the latest trends in the industry. With gratitude and joy from the meeting, you exchange business cards and agree to have lunch or coffee together in the near future.
This experience has strengthened your self-confidence, nourished and encouraged you. On this positive wave, you join a small group of people where a lively conversation is already taking place. After waiting for the right moment, you introduce yourself. When you show genuine interest, ask pertinent questions and provide comments that complement the topic under discussion. You have the opportunity to mention a problem at work and tell how you solved it.
One person in this group - a highly respected professional in his field - is interested in your approach and wants to talk to you about your experience. You exchange contacts and move on to communicate with several more specialists who are here. And when you feel your energy is running out, simply leave the event gracefully, knowing your own success, adding new contacts to your growing professional network.
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