There are 3 main tactics that I’ve found myself doing that have helped me become an Extroverted Introvert.
✌️😁 Fake it
As exhausting as this sounds — and is — pretending you’re not an introvert for short amounts of time can be a powerful tool to help break out of your shell.
Much like stretching your muscles, the key is to know your limits, and push them just a little bit. If you make yourself feel a little discomfort, you know you’re on the right track.
🤘😎 Fuck it
This one is my go-to. When I’m psyching myself out and feeling like I’m going to pass out because I don’t want to do something — like start a live-stream, go somewhere with people, etc. — I’ll get to a point where I just say (out loud) “fuck it” and I dive in with both feet.
It started when I was a kid, any time we would go swimming, I knew that if I toe-tested the water I would chicken out, so I would just leap in and hope for the best. I was almost never disappointed.
Whichever methods you use, the real key is practice. If you workout one time, you’re not going to get a six-pack.
Likewise, if you push your boundaries once then you’ve made great progress, but you’re not done yet.
Keep pushing yourself, keep improving your ability to “extrovert” once in a while, and you will start to feel more comfortable taking on tasks that used to freak you out.