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How To Overcome Shyness

Enjoy a happier life by overcoming your shyness!

One of the most common (and effective) obstacles to success is shyness, or a reluctance to interact with other people. Getting ahead in life requires the ability and willingness to communicate with others, and shyness prevents many people from communicating effectively.

Overcoming shyness can be done with a bit of effort and willpower. If shyness is holding you back, here are a few ways to control and even eliminate it:

  • Tell yourself that you have nothing to fear by talking to other people. Most people are friendly and easy to talk to. This basic understanding is essential for overcoming your shyness!
  • Make an effort to talk to everyone you meet during the day, even if it's just to say hello. And take the initiative. Don't wait for the other person to speak first.
  • Make eye contact with everyone you speak to. Eye contact actually diminishes shyness and puts you at ease.
  • Get involved with groups and organizations that require you to interact with the other members. Be an active participant and speak up when in group settings.
  • Don't be intimidated by those in positions of authority over you, such as teachers, police officers, politicians, etc. They're human just like the rest of us, even if they have achieved great things in life.

You can overcome your shyness by taking charge of the situation. Always try to speak to everyone you encounter during your day.

Even if you start out by saying just one sentence, before long your confidence will grow, you'll find yourself more at ease speaking in public, and you will be well on the road to overcoming your shyness.

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