Welcome to the Land of Oz!
There is no place like home. There is no place like home. There is no place like home. If this is what you say to yourself when you are at a networking event with a room full of strangers; hello fellow introvert! I feel your pain!
What Dorothy felt when first landing in the land of Oz is how it feels to be an introvert in the business world. People stare at you and wonder what you are even doing here. Sometimes you wonder that yourself. The self-doubt starts showing up.
You want to run away like Dorothy because you feel misunderstood. Running away is not the answer. When you run away from situations you will never learn to appreciate all the qualities you do have.
All because we don’t enjoy making small talk and being in big crowds doesn’t mean we don’t like people. Introverts love people! Just not in big crowds. We prefer to get to know you as a person with meaningful conversations one to one in a quiet setting. Crowds exhaust us. We gain energy from being alone. Yes, we are okay being alone. Those are hard things to understand if you are not an introvert.
Watching us nervously speak in front of groups makes you feel very uncomfortable. Think of how we are feeling inside! Stepping out of comfort zone feels like for us getting swept away in a tornado. We love helping people so we get out there and we do it. We realize our strengths are not in our showmanship but in our listening skills. We go, you talk, we listen.
It can be hard to follow your passions in life because it involves stepping way out of your level of comfort. You love being an entrepreneur and helping people with your skills. You don’t love all the marketing because it involves putting yourself out there.
She asked, “Are you an extrovert or an introvert”. Umm, Introvert. “You are going to need these shoes!” The journey through life as an entrepreneur is very challenging. You will learn from the people and situations you come across. These encounters will turn into opportunities to learn who you are and what your capabilities are. It takes a lot of energy to stay on the path, and the diversions of the world are strong. You need to gain momentum to keep going. That’s when you will look down and see you are wearing these shoes and keep going.
She points you in the right direction. You start to follow the yellow brick road to your true self, your rainbow.
You first encounter a Scarecrow.
You may have felt like him, minus the straw. Owning a business is scary, especially if you are an introvert. Not having a brain, he seeks advice from others. Thinking they know more about their business than him. Even though they were wonderful ideas, if you don’t connect with them in your head and heart, they won’t work for you. Maybe you are like him and feel stuck at a job you don’t like. You don’t think you would ever feel smart enough to live your dream life and make a difference in the world. You can’t just leave a secure job with a steady paycheck for a dream or can you?
Off you go! Looking for a brain to gain the knowledge and confidence to make these decisions.
Then you meet the Tin Man.
The tin man is looking for a heart. he works day in and day out with no passion. He turns rusty from not taking care of himself. A lot of introverts are people pleasers. He puts other people’s needs first and not his own. He has a mission to change the world, but doesn’t think anyone will pay him to do it or will they?
Off you go! Looking for a heart to live your passion.
Maybe you’ve walked the path of the Cowardly Lion.
He can’t scare anymore because he has so many of his own insecurities and fears. He puts limits on himself. He is afraid of standing out and being noticed or making the wrong decisions. What if his business failed? What would people think of him then? You may fear that you will never make any money doing what you love, no one is ever going to hire you or will they?
Off you go! Looking for the courage to be your true self.
Off they go! They proceeded down the yellow brick road looking for their confidence, knowledge, passion, and courage.
Wicked Witch appears
All is going well with your journey until a wicked witch come into the picture. She is filled with rage, “I will turn back if I were you!”. It can be a colleague or a supervisor or even a loved one giving you resistance. She leads you to a poppy field, the self-medication of our doubts and fears. You slip into your old ways of being because forward motion simply takes too much effort. Our paths are covered with seductive poppies that seem like quick fixes, but in reality, they are numbing our creativity and dulling our drive. She wants to derail the journey by making us go to the unconscious sleep and give up on our dreams. Then the flying monkeys appeared. They don’t want us to wake up. They want to chase us back to the poppy fields. They want to stop us from moving forward. It’s when you finally wake up and envision a life greater than yourself is when we can create the momentum to continue on your journey.
Didn’t you find it amazing when Dorothy needed to be rescued from the wicked witch, they all overcame their fears and self-doubts? They did it because they had a strong passion to rescue her, their WHY. Hiring a Coach helped me change the direction of my business and my life. I was so amazed by all the changes, that I decided I wanted to become a Coach to help others. Until I saw how much it cost. I thought it was never going to happen. I had a really strong passion, my why, to do it and I wasn’t going to let money get in the way. I came up with a plan. This is how much it’s going to cost, this is what I need to do to get there. I went out and did it. Was it easy? No. I did because I had a strong why. When you are passionate about something, all your fears and self-doubts go away and you figure out how to make it happen. What is your why?
After they successfully rescued Dorothy, it gave them all the momentum they needed to make it to the Emerald City, to meet the great Wizard of Oz. They made it to the one person with all the answers. Except they were met by a fake wizard. He tells them “I don’t have the answers!” To the Scarecrow, “There are universities to gain knowledge; if you believe you are smart, you will be.” To the Tin Man, “If you want a heart, do good deeds, it’s not how much you love, it’s how much you are loved by others”. To the Cowardly Lion, “You’re confusing courage with wisdom. With continuous success’s you will gain confidence thereby giving you courage.”
Power is Within
You always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself. No one knows you better than you! No one person besides yourself has the answer to your life. Get out there, keep growing, learning and listening. Then take that knowledge and apply it to your life the way it works best for you!
That is when you truly find your rainbow!
As your Coach, I will empower you to:
Be grateful for all the qualities you do have that you can offer. Be YOU. You can do things your way and what feels comfortable to you.
Don’t just exist in life. Truly live your life to the fullest potential. Follow your passions and don’t let anything stop you. Remember when you are passionate about something, you will find a way and your fears will magically disappear.
Understand that no one thing outside of yourself is going to give you the answer that is right for you. You have all the answers you need to embrace who you are and then accept yourself fully and celebrate your unique gifts.
Most importantly, I will help you see your own strengths and find your inner power. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation complimentary introductory session with Lisa, Power is Within Coaching