Being both ambitious and introverted comes with its challenges. I sat down the other day and wrote out a few things I regularly deal with. Sometimes I feel as if I’m being pulled in opposite directions and for my own peace of mind I’m constantly having to find the balance.
I want to come forward but I also want to be in the back
I want to be spontaneous and outgoing but I spend too long analysing possible outcomes
I want to run away from business meetings because they’re usually overdone and I have work to do
I want to lead but I also want to follow
I want to be an entrepreneur but risk and uncertainty terrifies me in more ways than one
I want to receive the recognition I deserve but I don’t want to be centre of attention
I want to go to business networking events but I really can’t be bothered with the small talk
I want great success but I don’t want to be scrutinised
I realise that some of these things I deal with are essential to my personal development and the progression of my businesses. As much as I want to be recognised for my work, I don’t want it done in a way that makes me centre of attention. There’s something calming about being in the backround. But the success I’m aiming for, it’s inevitable that I will need to come forward at some point. That’s why I have to do as Susan Jeffers says and ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’!
So even though sometimes I want to be 100% introverted and stay home all day and read a book…I can’t. My ambitious side tells me to get up, get out and chase my dreams. I never see my introversion as a hindrance. I understand it is crucial to my success! what success can I achieve without careful thought and knowledge? and equally, what success can I achieve with no action? That’s why I’m learning to find a balance between both traits.
So if you’re an ambitious introvert. You’re not alone. Would love to connect!
Leave a comment below. How do you balance the two?
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