Is your smartphone making you less social?
Nowadays, in so many areas of everyday life, from bank ATMs to automated telephone answering services, to smart phones, it is quite possible to avoid dealing with human beings. While technology can make life easier and convenient, it also makes one wonder…. Is it impacting our comfort level of face to face interactions? Are we becoming more shy?
Although many factors affecting self confidence are at times out of our control, there are a number of things that you can consciously do, to build your self confidence that you need to reach your potential.
Shy? Overhaul your thinking
Shyness is often a result of the way you think about yourself. See if you identify with any of the negative thoughts described below. If you do, you will need to replace them with more realistic, positive thoughts.
Don't worry you are not the only one. Everybody has faced shyness at some point or the other in their life in varying degrees. We have all experienced this feeling of shyness but through increased awareness we can overcome it.
Shyness in the Workplace
When shyness is properly managed, there is no limit to the achievement of shy people in the business world. Even the Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, one of the world's richest and most successful people in the world, is a shy person. What do shy people who succeed professionally have in common? They are in control of their shyness instead of it controlling them!
Fear of Speaking in Public
Do you dread having to do a formal presentation? Does the thought of speaking in meetings make you nervous? You are not alone! More than 80% of the population feels anxious when they speak to an audience.
Living and Working Away from Home
Taking up a new job in a new city you are setting yourself up for a lot of changes - living on your own, managing your finances, exploring opportunities, being adventurous, establishing a routine for yourself. While quite exciting and a great learning experience the cumulative effect of having to adjust to all these new things all at the same time, can be quite overwhelming as well.