I think no one is 100% introverted or extroverted. But when your introverted self expresses itself in a bigger way on a particular day, here’s what helps me get out there and give it all:
I like to prep, tune into myself first, before putting myself out there. I like to arrive early before I gotta teach a class so that I can focus my mind, gather my thoughts and energy. I used to sit quietly in my car for a few minutes first before going into a social event, and really enjoying the moment of stillness and getting a chance to recalibrate.
The thing though, is that I must WANT to be there, even if it’s not something I’m super keen on showing up for, the fact that I’m here, means that I need to be PRESENT. It’s not easy, and there are times I’m hanging around an event and just waiting for the time that someone initiates a departure so that I can follow suit. I’m not proud of that. But I’m proud of the fact that now, I’m more selective of what I want to show up for, and once I’ve made the choice, to make the best of it and ENJOY myself!