Saturday, August 18, 2012
17 in 30
Welcome to the 30 in 30 challenge! Each day this month I'll be posting a response to a prompt. You can find all the questions here. I stole the questions from here.
What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
Being outgoing. I'm introverted and normally have to really talk myself into talking to people, making phone calls, etc. I wish that I was more outgoing and friendly. Along the same lines, I wish I handled conflict and confrontation better. I tend to get very shy or (with family) completely explode. I wish I could speak my mind in a polite manner. As a teenager this was probably the manifestation of confidence, but today I think it's just that I'm a more introverted people-pleaser. Some would be shocked to hear that - my sister would definitely argue - but in work and social situations, I'm shy and nervous.
I work really hard at being more confident in social situations, speaking in public, and confrontation with love. It's challenging, but stretches me in awesome ways. I recently spoke in front of a very large group of colleagues. I was so nervous and spent a lot of time preparing, memorizing, and picking out my outfit. After I spoke someone came up to me and said I did an excellent job and was a great word-smith. This was one of the biggest compliments ever. :-)