When you are labelled as “weird” or “quirky”, fear often takes over, leading to shyness. This is because you want to avoid situations that require you to speak up. After all, you are anxious about whether or not people will accept or reject you.  

Keep in mind that you’re not alone. Many people feel this way. In fact, 4 out of 10 people report that they are shy. However, you can overcome your shyness with just a bit of time and effort.  

In this article, we’ll explain 4 tips for overcoming your shyness so that you can let your weirdness shine through. 

 

4 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear and Showcasing Your Weirdness 

 

Plan for Things to Go Well  

Shyness is different from introversion. It’s characterized by a tendency to overestimate negative analysis. You fear that others will look at you negatively, so you are always thinking about how to avoid doing something wrong instead of how you can do something right.  

You can reduce your fear by thinking about what you can do to ensure the situation is a successful one. If you’re concerned about making small talk, think of some questions that can help you generate exciting topics.  

You may also provide yourself with an exit strategy to use as a last resort. The best way to overcome fear is to expose yourself to it. You must keep in mind that you are in control. When you know there’s an exit strategy; you don’t feel like you’re stuck. 

 

Be Interested in Others  

According to the experts, one of the best ways to win people over is to become genuinely interested in them. When you’re in a social setting, stop looking at yourself and put your focus on learning more about others. This will help you generate some great conversations and gives you something else to think about. Everyone has a story- ask them about it and then sit back and listen. You can quickly become the most exciting person in the room by finding others interesting. 

 

Assign Yourself a Role  

Many weird, shy people comment on the fact that they are confident when they are working on what they know – but if their role isn’t defined by their job, they struggle. If you have a designated role, you have a sense of purpose and guidelines that outline your expected behaviours. The truth is most people want to be liked/accepted by others. 

 

Change Your Inner Dialogue  

Unfortunately, people who are weird and, therefore shy, are critical of themselves. Their inner dialogue is often harsh and includes things they’d never say to someone else. If you judge yourself harshly, you assume that others are doing the same thing. 

The best way to eradicate this inner critic is to have a stronger ally on your side. You need an inner voice that acts like a best friend. Pay attention to the good things about yourself and talk back to your inner critic. If you learn to talk to yourself in a kind, gentle way, you can learn to overcome your fear and showcase your weirdness. 

 

Who Can I Ask For Help?

When people call you “weird” or “quirky”, you may find that fear takes over, which increases your shyness. However, don’t let this happen. Use these 4 tips to overcome your fear and shyness and let that weirdness shine through!  

If you need help in this aspect, our friendly team at mentokc are ready to help you accomplish your goal of embracing your uniqueness while overcoming your fears. Get in touch with us today, and we’ll see how we can help you embrace yourself wholesomely!

 

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