“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” — Rollo May
Hey my friend, welcome to this article.
Being an introvert should never make life a boring experience but an exciting one. One reason I am particularly happy with being an innie at one point in my life is the opportunity it gave me to figure out my direction and purpose in life. Something I will forever be grateful for.
My intention for creating this post is to help you understand that, being introverted is actually an opportunity most people never have in life. I say this because I know there are people who would prefer to spend the most of their times chitchatting, doing things that are practically not beneficial to them rather than investing their time in a more productive way. So by the end of this post, I hope you will have learned how you can actually harness those quiet times you spend by yourself and use it to discover your own greatness. In other words, I want you to learn the unique advantage of being an introvert.
I am sure you are already familiar with the idea that thoughts are powerful, so I won’t even bother laying too much emphasis on that subject. However, this post will circle around the concept and I will try as much as I can to let you understand how you can apply this concept for your own benefit.
If you are like the average guy, you spend at least 80% of your time with friends and acquaintances. That means you barely spend time alone with yourself or to say the least engage in creative thinking.
However, if you are an introvert you already spend up to 80% of your time alone with yourself, even though you may not be involved in any form of creative activity. That shouldn’t discourage you because if you can spend 80% of your time just by yourself doing whatever it is you are doing, then you just might be able to utilize that same amount of time and energy engaged in a more creative activity should you receive a creative idea.
Here’s the thing, if there is anything being an introvert helped me gain was the plenty of time I had to spend with myself to help me figure out and gain a better understanding of my life and my purpose in life. And that is basically what this post is about.
Before you begin to harness your quiet moments, there are some never-changing principles you will need to understand more about yourself and about life. Once you learn these basic principles, what you will thereafter do with your time and with your thought is up to you.
As said; I can only show you the way to the stream but I cannot force you to drink even if wanted you to drink from the stream.
In other words, these principles are strictly based on practical experience, that is, do not read these principles and do nothing about the ideas you will learn, else, there will be no result for you to enjoy. It will make all the difference to you should you decide to apply them in your daily life. So, with that said, let’s get right into it.
You Are Not Your Mind.
“Your mind is just an instrument, learn to be its master, not its slave.” – René Descartes.
It is safe to say that, even without being an introvert, your mind is always wandering. Your mind is always cluttered with thoughts all day. And here’s the thing, unless you learn to control your mind, it can run you pretty crazy.
A person who has no understanding of the inner workings of the mind will accept anything suggested to them by their minds. They will, in fact, accept everything the mind says as true.
It is therefore important for you to know that you are not your mind. Since your mind is always busy with thinking, you should become aware of what you are always thinking and allowing to sink into your subconscious mind.
It is said that where the mind goes, energy flow. As such, if you are unconscious of the thoughts you’re having, then you may be filling your life with things you may not want.
Every thought that goes on in your head is recorded by your subconscious mind. Not only does It record them, but also creates your moment to moment realities with the thoughts you entertain in your mind.
An important thing to know is that your mind cannot tell the difference between positive or negative. In other words, it doesn’t differentiate between good or bad. It will simply take whatever you chose to place your attention on. It will take whatever you focus on.
Since thoughts are forms of electrical energy, they create magnetic fields which attracts the things you think about.
Why am I saying this?
Most introvert usually thinks of themselves in a way they shouldn’t. I’ve heard introverts who claim to be lonely and always bored. If you are one of them, then I will strongly suggest that you change such negative thought patterns. If you think you are lonely, and that is the program you are feeding your brain, then you are the cause of your own loneliness because your brain will for you according to the programs it is receiving from you.
What should you do?
Well, if you feel you are lonely, understand you have already created loneliness for yourself through your negative self-talk programming. The next thing you can begin to do is to change that program to a more positive program. Since your mind learns, it is important that you teach your mind that you are not lonely, that in fact, you are a very fun and lovely person to be around. You can also teach your mind that people find joy and happiness when they are around you.
Because the mind is magnetic, that is to say, it attracts what goes on in it, by thinking these positive thoughts, it begins to attract the experiences that actually makes you actually feel like a fun and lovely person. However, if you keep on feeding your mind with the thoughts of loneliness and other negative thoughts you may be entertaining, then that is what will be your experiences in life.
The most important thing you need to become aware of is that any thought or idea that you repeatedly think in your mind over and over again is taken over by your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind, therefore, begins to attract the things you think about into your life, which are manifested in your outward experiences.
It rests with you, whether or not to plant in wonderful thoughts in your mind, or to plant in thoughts that will bring you problems in life.
Let’s say you are always thinking of yourself to be lonely. What you are doing essentially is crafting a self-concept of loneliness. This is like the raw material for the creation of your outward experiences. What this self-concept does is it begins to attract the circumstances and situations that make you feel lonely all the time.
Keep in mind that there is always a specific cause for every experience in your life. Your awareness of this truth will awaken you and give you back the power to take back your life into your hand. Your thoughts are the cause of every experience you will ever have in life.
- Be attentive to your thoughts, learn to check every thought you find yourself thinking, put a label on each one, whether “positive” or “negative” and resolve to always discard the negatives. For example, if your mind suddenly projects a negative thought to you, maybe tells you something bad is going to happen to you, instead of taking this thought and thinking of it to be true as most people will do, simply ignore it and then put a label on it and tag it as negative.
- Practice giving your mind positive instructions every time regarding what you want to have manifest in your life. Your mind is a powerful instrument of creation. Use it wisely. For example, if there is something you wish to do in life but you are not very sure if it is possible. First, you need to understand that everything is possible for you. Second, form the habit of flooding your mind with the thoughts of who you want to be or what you want to do. How you will go about this is simple. Maybe you want to do something great for the world or generations to come, you need to plant the idea of greatness in your mind. Repeat as many times as possible “I am helping people all over the world.” Remember, you don’t need to know your dream is going to be possible.
Principle #2. What You Think About You Become.
“What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you create.” — Buddha.
This, I’m sure is not a new idea to you.
It wasn’t new to me at first, but I began to gain some better understanding of the science works.
As you begin to think a thought, gradually it begins to form your belief. Your belief then begins to form your habits and your habits form your behaviors. Your behaviors then form your destiny in life.
It is really a simple science. What you are today is the direct product of all the thoughts you have had over time, consciously and unconsciously. Where you are going tomorrow will be determined by what your thoughts are today.
Sigmund Freud, the Famous Austrian and neurologist brought the world’s attention to the hypothesis, “that there is a powerful force within us, an unilluminated part of the mind, constantly at work, molding our thoughts, feelings, and action.”
This “unilluminated part of the mind” however, is what you may refer to as God.
It is a consciously living being present inside all things and all things are present in It. It is the essence of who you are as a human. It can be likened to a gigantic computer to which anything is possible. It is aware of all your thoughts, words and actions. What you give to it in the form of your thoughts is what it gives you back in your life.
- Go here to listen to an audio clip by Earl Nightingale. You become what you think about.
- Form the habit of thinking the right thoughts and keeping your mind always focused. For example, most people know how to think positive thoughts but don’t know how to keep their minds focused. It is one thing to think positively and it is another thing to focus your thought energy on the things you want. It requires your will to be able to focus on a specific outcome that you want and block out irrelevant thought coming randomly to your mind.
Principle #3. There Are Natural Laws That Governs the Human life.
Another principle you need to become aware of is the natural law of cause and effect.
This might be one of the most important laws you will want to make a study of.
It says this; with every effect, there is a cause. And with every cause, there is an equal effect.
There is no such thing in life as accident or fate or chance or luck.
Human beings will coin a word term to explain concepts they have no understanding of. For example, the words “luck” or “fate.”
The “cause” in question here is your thought, and your results in life are the effect.
Every thought you think has the ability to produce its material or physical equivalent.
For example, as an introvert, you will often need to have more money to support yourself and those you love and care about. What you need to do is study the cause of the successful, why the successful become so, and implement those principles in your life too, so as to enjoy the results that the successful enjoys.
And one of the most important secret to financial success is having a mind that is favorable to attract money.
The reason you see too many people especially in the corporate world, working hard but have nothing or little to show for it, is because of their negative beliefs or thoughts about life and money.
It need not be said that a negative thought will produce a negative result. There are no two ways to it. So if you must be a powerful introvert, you need the ability to think and act like the successful so you too can become powerful, successful and influential.
Perhaps the easiest way to achieve this is to relentlessly focus all your energy— mentally and physically on a desired object or goal— casting away thought of unimportant nature.
- This post is not about the law of cause and effect, but if you would like to gain more understanding of the law, then you can check out this post by Adam Sicinski.
Principle #4. God Is In All Things.
This is another important principle I was fortunate to have learned.
There is an infinite presence which lives inside all things, In which all things live.
Let me ask you.
Do you sometimes feel bored and alone?
Yes, we all do. But that was before I found that indeed I am never alone.
Neale Donald Walshe in his best selling book, conversations with God made it really clear that God, in fact, not only lives inside all things but lives through all things. That is to say, the life you are living right now is not yours but God’s, even though you may feel it’s your life.
Majority of people make the critical mistake of living as though they are responsible for their own lives. Of course, you are responsible for the things that happen to you in your life. However, you should become aware that God has created the life for His own use. In other words, God seeks to know Itself through Itself by being Itself. Put more simply, you are living your life right now as a favor to God. That is what is meant by God living through you.
This is quite an outstanding discovery for me and will require you to study and understand who you truly are by being called “Human Being.”
Why is this important?
Everything you will ever want in life; Money, love, joy, peace, health, wisdom and understanding, is already present in you. However, if you are not aware, like the majority of people, then you will be seeking these things outside of you perhaps for the rest of your life. And you may never find them. In the scripture, it says: “Seek first God’s kingdom and every other thing will be added.” Well, that is what it means.
However, once you realize this great truth, then you move into harmony with the infinite mind of God. Once you become harmonious with the mind of God, then the things you desire in life also becomes harmonious with you and begins to move to you effortlessly. This is so since God is simply the essential pure energy of the universe and it is ever present in you.
However, for this to work, you must really believe that this infinite energy is indeed there and that you can trust it to work for you.
The bottom line is that you are not what you think you are. You are a powerful human being to which anything is possible.
And as an introvert, I believe you have an opportunity to not only harness your personality type to be of blessing to yourself but to your loved ones and to other human beings. What you really need to do is understand who you truly are, and that is one thing that is very possible for you. By spending 15 to 30 minutes every day just reflecting on the idea, it begins to open doors for more ideas about who you are and the world you’re living in.
You have all that is required to live the kind of life you truly wish to live and it all starts with how you spend your time as well as how you think.
Make certain that you harness your quiet times to create the life you want by thinking creatively. As you already know, every thought you think will be manifested in your outward life.
Get in the habit of learning more about the laws of life because that is the foundation of living an all-around successful life.
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