The quiet masses: the curse of being shy
Shyness exists in every corner of the world, every level of society, every workplace and school; in boardrooms, bars, churches and bus stops; in places large and small. The digital age, with all the interconnection it offers, has only made things worse. For those living under the shyness curse, life can be discomforting at best and terrifying at worst. While many people experiencing social anxiety simply resign themselves to the fact and retreat from social interaction, this need not be the case.
Okay, so I am shy. So what? That’s just who I am. While shyness may seem just as much a part of you as your elbow, the difference between your elbow and your shyness is that you weren’t born with your shyness. It was cultivated and fostered over the years (quite possibly unknowingly) through the processes of your (sneaky) mind. There is good news here for you. You might never succeed at thinking away your elbow, but you can apply your mind’s amazing power to banish your social anxiety for good!
I’ve tried overcoming my shyness before; I am just not sure it’s worth it. Okay, so there are shy people who live content lives despite their affliction. But how many of them could honestly claim to have lived truly full and rewarding lives? Experiencing the full richness and beauty of our world requires some measure of confidence and the ability to create real, meaningful human relationships. In addition to receiving what others have to offer, those comfortable interacting with new people are also able to give of themselves in enriching ways. Such symbiosis requires the ability to reach out to others, to trust the unknown. But that unknown, that’s the uncomfortable part. And that is okay!
Growth often requires stepping outside of your comfort zone. Author Michal Stawicki knows this firsthand and has seen the extraordinary results.