The 7 Secret Strengths of an Introvert
The 7 Secret Strengths of an Introvert
Extroverts make up about 70% of the American population, so they're definitely in the majority. They receive their energy from being around people, while Introverts receive energy from being by themselves. But you don't have to "play" Extroverted to be successful at work, as a parent, as a friend, and in any other area.
As an Introvert, you have seven secret strengths that are a natural part of your personality. Together, they form an arsenal of positive traits you can apply to any part of your life. These strengths will help you make the most of your Introvert nature.
The ability to focus is probably an Introvert's greatest strength. You have amazing powers of concentration on whatever task you decide to undertake. Many Introverts have used this talent to their advantage by spending months or years mastering one particular subject. When you combine your ability to concentrate with a project that matches your particular vision, you are capable of extraordinary success. Also, since Introverts would prefer to work on a small number of projects and spend time with them, this naturally segues into expert status and mastery of the subject you have chosen.
In order to gain the most from this positive trait, limit your choices and say no to projects and extraneous activities. Refrain from multitasking, since that habit tends to scatter your energies. Focus upon one or two projects will make the most of your natural powers of concentration.
2. ORIGINAL THINKER
Introverts prefer to spend time formulating their thoughts before they speak. The process is similar to sculpting; a rough hewn block of stone is continuously shaped into a work of art. You shape your thoughts on a daily basis, and may not be aware that you are doing it! By listening to others and taking the extra time to consider different topics, you have naturally developed into an original thinker. You spend more time than you think you do questioning the world around you before setting an opinion. Introverts are not afraid of contemplating a topic that may not be conventionally accepted. They believe every thought deserves to be contemplated.
Original thinking is a skill and can be an asset for you at work or in your personal hobbies. Creative Introverts use original thinking frequently when generating ideas for paintings, novels, compositions, and dance routines. Look at the different aspects of your life and see where you can use this ability.
3. OBSERVATION SKILLS
Charles Darwin studied animals for years when putting together his theories of evolution. Henry David Thoreau spent countless hours in nature sketching and taking notes in his journal, which would eventually end up in "Walden." Vincent van Gogh painted what he observed. Poets like John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning turned their observations about human nature into verse. Introverts have the natural ability to observe the world around them.
You are an original thinker, you have the ability to focus, and you prefer subjects in-depth. Take the time to really see what is around you. You may even already do this, especially if you're in the arts or a scientist. Observation is a skill, and can be used in any project you want to undertake. Keep a journal and study your chosen subject. You may be amazed at the ideas and discoveries you come up with.
4. COMFORTABLE WITH SOLITUDE
Many people have the unspoken fear of being alone, doing things alone, living alone, working alone, or traveling alone. Introverts need solitude and time to recharge their personal energy, so being alone is a welcome time of peace. You are extremely well suited to any solo activity, such as spending time in nature, creating works of art in a studio, and doing research in a laboratory or library. There are many activities you probably prefer to do alone, like reading, gardening, exercising, and shopping.
There is no rule that you must spend time with others to get the most enjoyment out of whatever you're doing. Being comfortable with solitude is actually pretty rare, and it's a positive aspect of your Introvert personality. It will balance your social times and bring a feeling of meaning to your life.
Combine focus, original thinking, and a preference for solitude, and Introverts have the building blocks for becoming an expert. Expert status is a hallmark of success and establishment in your career field. Once you have gained mastery of a subject, then others will seek you out. You'll be asked to serve on boards, speak at conferences, teach, write a book, or any number of accolades. Many Introverts have become famous due to their expert status.
Once you limit your choices to one or two major projects, then you are ready to spend the time in solitude working on them. Mastery doesn't happen overnight, and it will probably take a long time to become an expert in your chosen field. As long as you have the drive, you'll keep expanding your repertoire and your horizons. That's a strength that some of the world's most brilliant people share.
6. EXCELLENT LISTENER
One identifying characteristic of an Introvert is your preference for listening rather than speaking in conversation. Introverts are reasonably quiet, especially when compared with Extroverts. You probably often find yourself doing more listening than talking in normal speech. Therefore, one of your greatest qualities is to be an excellent listener. Introverts carefully prepare what they are going to say before it is said, so they do not feel the need to chatter on continuously. Introverts seek meaning and depth in their conversations.
Being able to listen to someone is an incredible gift you can give them. It makes others feel important. Listening is an asset in all of your relationships, and can really strengthen your social circle. You also make an excellent counselor, therapist, psychologist, mediator, and reporter.
7. GREAT FRIEND
Introverts may not receive energy from being Extroverted and having plenty of friends, but the friendships that they do cultivate bring a lot of happiness and meaning to their lives. You are a great friend! You are at your best in one-on-one relationships. With fewer friendships, you're able to experience a wonderful and deep connection with your friends. You also tend to stay friends for years, going through life together and celebrating the important passages of time.
Social media and texting available in today's fast-paced world just can't replace a face to face connection. Reach out to your friends and cherish their friendship. Make the phone call, block out time in your schedule to visit, and keep in touch. Experiencing the deep connection is definitely a positive Introvert trait.
Did you recognize your Introvert strengths in this list? Do you have incredible close friendships, a spouse who feels listened to, happy solitary times, or you're an expert in your field? Many Introverts practice these strengths every day, yet don't recognize them! Use your seven secret strengths to create your own happiness and success, the Introvert way!
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