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8 Signs You Are Possibly An Outgoing Introvert

8 Signs You Are Possibly An Outgoing Introvert

Outgoing introverts are counter intuitive. They’re predictably unpredictable. They’re talkative and fun, yet deep thinkers who enjoy alone time. Check out these seven signs to see if you can relate as an outgoing introvert:

1. You like the “idea” of going on adventures

The keyword there is idea. You don’t actually want to go on them. You think you want to go out and try something new and crazy….. but then realize you’d rather stay home and lounge. For example, you made plans with friends for a road trip in a few weeks. While making the plans, the idea sounded amazing and you were pumped! As it got closer, though, you started to think “why did I decide to do this?!”

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As an outgoing introvert, you truly cherish your alone time (No, really. You get cranky if you don’t have enough). While you like the idea of boppin’ around town with friends all day, deep down you don’t understand how people can go, go, go without stopping!  

2. You probably date people who are reserved and quiet

You may find yourself in a relationship with someone who “lets you do the talking” most of the time (especially at social events). You share all of your crazy thoughts and ideas with this person, and want to know all of theirs too (although it probably takes a little prodding).  

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3. You don’t like awkward silence

Who does, anyway? But truly, the outgoing introvert will come up with some question or prompt to get the conversation going when a group falls silent. You don’t care if you sound silly or weird because you simply want everyone around you to be included and enjoy themselves. Though you’re engaged and talkative in these circumstances, you rarely share in depth, personal matters with people who aren’t super close to you.

4. You’re probably on a career path that’s for “outgoing people.”

Public speakers, actors, musicians, fitness instructors, coaches, and teachers are some of the professions outgoing introverts have. You enjoy communicating, being in control and leading groups. This is one of the reasons people often consider you an extrovert. In your social life, though, you’d much rather lounge at home by yourself or with a few friends.  

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5. You want to shut down, but it’s not easy to do so

Even though you want to decompress, relax, and let go; it’s hard for you to turn your mind off. You might find yourself analyzing a situation at work, contemplating your next big idea, or stressing about what needs to get done. You have to actively tell your mind to quiet itself.

6. You don’t like being stuck

You love being with friends and family who are fun and make you laugh. But, when you’re ready to leave, you need to be able to. Outgoing introverts don’t like to be stuck somewhere (even if it’s an awesome place to be) because you like to have the option of leaving whenever you want. Knowing that you aren’t relying on anyone else to get you or take you home from an event is comforting. You’re able to enjoy yourself much easier this way.

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7. You’re all in

When you connect with someone, you don’t take that for granted. You appreciate and value their relationship. You’re continually interested and let that person know through little gifts or frequent affirming words. You’ve probably said, “I love that we’ve met and now become such good friends!” or something along those lines.

8. You seek growth

As an outgoing introvert, you feel this innate pull to keep working on yourself. You try not to settle and are always looking for ways to improve yourself in your career, health, relationships or overall well-being. You probably seek out resources and aren’t afraid to make positive changes.

The coolest thing about outgoing introverts is their uniqueness. You’re not a one-size fits all type of personality.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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