Sometimes attempting to be loveable is the hardest thing I do all day. Tough life, I know. I don’t have to haul water 5 miles uphill to my home. I don’t have to forage wild berries for my supper. I don’t have to solve medical emergencies. I’m not trivializing my life or job, but let’s be real, there is never a reference emergency.
As an introvert, who loves being an introvert, sometimes I forget that other people crave human contact during the workday. It sounds silly, I know, and maybe a little uncaring. Sometimes I just forget that other people don’t want to be shut in a room, undisturbed for hours at a time to get their job done. Because some days, all I really want is to be shut in a room for hours at a time to get my work done!
We’ve been doing a lot of professional development stuff at work. Some of it was corny and a waste of time, but some of it actually got me thinking about how different I can be from the majority of people– extroverts.
In the next few months, I’m making a genuine attempt to be more stereotypically loveable (i.e. more loveable in an extroverted way). I created the reminder (pictured above) for my computer background and I’m going to try to do one loveable thing per day.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think introverts are cruel. I just think we show our lovableness (yes, it’s a word!) in different ways– way that I think extroverts sometimes have trouble understanding.
I’m hoping this lovely little attempt will make me a better leader. After all, I think it is better to be loved than to be feared.
Here’s to a loveable, introverted me,