Is it fear that’s holding you back from achieving greatness? Or is it your introversion?
There is a distinct difference between introversion and fear, but for some reason over the years two have become synonymous.
Introversion: the act of directing one’s interest inward or to things within the self or the state of being concerned primarily with one’s own thoughts and feelings rather than with the external environment.
Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. (or) concern or anxiety; solicitude
Other than the fact that both words are nouns, I can’t find any similarities. Yet many feel as though they are one and the same.
I coach and mentor virtual assistants to have a thriving business utilizing their personality type to the fullest potential. However I see many who are fearful.
They are afraid to market their business.
They are afraid to take on new challenges.
They are afraid of failing.
They are afraid of success.
Unfortunately many are hiding behind the face of fear and say that it’s because they are introverted that they’re not successful. Can you see now how many perceive the two as one?
In order to have a successful business and/or life, you have to work through the fear. Recognize it. Defeat it. Become fierce. If the fear is deep rooted, it may be necessary to employ the use of certified mental health counselors. Counseling is nothing to be ashamed of. It gives you an opportunity to talk things out, get to the root of your fear, work through it and then squash it like a bug.
Being an introvert rocks. We are a minority in this big world of ours. We are the creatives. We are the thinkers. We are truly what makes the world go round.
Fear is another thing all together. Fear just plain old sucks and it literally sucks the life out of you.
If you want to know how many big name authors, coaches, business pros and others have dealt with fear and have used it to become fierce in life and business, then I would LOVE to suggest How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times by Janet Slack, Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and over 15 others. Janet’s story alone changed how I view my life and business. I bet it will change your perspective too.
So…do you see how fear and introversion are different?