I’ve always had the tendency to revert to being a little shy around people I don’t know. And I’ve always been envious of people who could go up to a group of people they don’t know, stand confidently, and talk with anyone. I’ve noticed the more self conscious I feel, the less self confidence I have, and ultimately the harder it is for me to be that person who can comfortably walk into a room of strangers. I’ve noticed this has cut me off from opportunities to connect with people the way I want to, from doing things I want to do, and feeling like my true self - Someone who is friendly, outgoing, who loves meeting new people, and knows they have value to add conversations and relationships.
Now that I’ve really noticed how this has been affecting me, I’ve decided to take little steps to ‘put myself out there’ and to feel as confident as I really am underneath this false sense of self doubt that I’ve covered myself in little by little every time I’ve judged or doubted myself.
Some steps I am taking:
1. Talking to myself in a nicer way, and putting myself UP ⬆️ I CAN do this, I AM confident, I DO have value to add
2. Putting myself in situations that allow me to meet NEW people 👭
3. When in doubt, SMILE 🤗 Sometimes I don’t know what to do or say, so my backup plan here is just to smile. And remember it’s ok to laugh at myself and not take things too seriously 🙈🙈🙈