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3 Ways to Thrive as a Successful Introvert

3 Ways to Thrive as a Successful Introvert

I have met countless successful people who can speak up a storm in front of a big crowd, but once moved away from the spotlight, they turn into shy people ’cause they are, actually, introverts. You know why I’m privy to how things work-out in their lives? I am a certified self confessed introvert like them.

If you’re still reading, I urge you to continue. I have a strong nudge inside that you’re introverted, too. Besides, the strategies I will show you here come from a successful introvert: Josh Langley, an author and a cartoonist.

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These are the 3 ways he continues to thrive as a successful introvert.

1. He uses email frequently. Josh says, “I have trouble with making the first contact with someone over the phone, so I always use email or social media at first, and that’s perfectly fine (it’s how I got my first book contract)!” He further explains–he searches Facebook pages of publishers to look for their email addresses if he can’t get the info somewhere else.

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2. He slips into “another character” every time he goes for an interview. This is how he describes this tactic: “When I interview or make a public appearance, I’m not ‘Josh, the shy guy’, but instead this crazy, confident guy who wants to investigate the afterlife. I still get knots in my stomach beforehand, but once I’m on, the character takes over and I play the part confidently and actually enjoy the experience.”

3. He has acquired a positive self-talk on how he presents his work and himself to the world. He clarified this by saying, “I used to tell people (and believe) that writing books doesn’t make money. But I know that’s not true, as I have made money from my books. So now I’ve changed my mantra to, ‘Writing books and doing what I love, makes me money and makes me happy.’ ”

Original Source: 3 Ways I Learned To Thrive As An Introvert by Josh Langley via Mind Body Green

Featured photo credit: Shy/Mark Kujath via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

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By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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