May 10 2007

Personal Development

Published by at 1:59 pm under General

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Anyone that knows me personally (… not that personally!) will surely know that I am an introvert. I’m not very good and talking to new people, in group situations I’m more than happy to take a back seat and I’m not very good at seeing things from other people perspectives. Once I get to know people, however, I start to open up more and, once you get me onto a subject I know about, am quite happy to chat away.

Over the years I have been trying to change myself to become less of an introvert and more of an extrovert. Recent events and situations have shown me that I can cope with new people and environments quite happily, if only I put my mind to it. In my quest to further my personal development I did what any geek would do and used some of my Google-Fu to see if I could find new methods and techniques to better myself.

One of the first results I found was an excellent article by Steve Pavlina (How to go from introvert to extrovert). Whilst the information in the article wasn’t anything I hadn’t already worked for myself, it did make me feel like I was heading in the right direction and that it is possible for an introvert to become an extrovert.
Only a few days after reading that article, and adding Steve’s blog to my Google Reader, I saw a post appear on Lifehacker.com and on BoingBoing. I guess I happened across I good personal development blog!

Todays entry on Steve’s blog is about the experience of failure and mental testing. He lists several reasons why it is bad to test everything you do in your mind and I must say that I tick all the boxes. More often that not I will over-analyse my actions in my head until I become so wound up that I never do anything about it. Really I should have learnt this lesson a long time ago from my mountain biking days – “If you’re going to do something just do it! Worry about it later.”

Again, his article only contains information I already knew but I hadn’t put it all the pieces together. Hopefully from now on I’ll be able to spend more of my effort “Doing” and not “Thinking”.

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