- You OK?
- Is everything alright?
- Are you angry, upset about something?
- Something bothering you?
- Quiet as a Mouse
- Not a team player
- Low energy
Good news is that there is something you can do about it. You can overcome these perceptions by your starting to take one simple action. While at first this action may feel uncomfortable for some, know that you can do it, and it may even impact your life in a very positive way. Here it is:
As you run into your friends, family, work colleagues, and other people in general, rather then looking away, make a conscious effort to look at the them, or at least towards them, and say something letting them know you acknowledge their presence. For example, assume this person you run into is named John. When you and John approach each other, take the lead and say something like this:
- Hello John
- Good Morning John
- Have a great day John
- How was your weekend?
- Take care guy. Have a great day
Warning: Initially this new action of yours may shock some people. They may even wonder what you're up to, what ever happened to you, or what you been smokin'. But that's OK. Let 'em guess. Go ahead, have some fun with this. :)
You see, reality is that we introverts do acknowledge others but we often do it in our heads. As a result, others don't know that and therefore we introverts get misjudged and mislabeled. Frankly speaking, we bring it onto ourselves. So the choice is yours. You can continue down the same old path or you can take the bull by the horn and make the shift by starting to take small yet powerful steps as suggested above to begin to connect, and reap the rewards that follow.
So, what will you choose?