As introverts, we’re especially prone to feeling a tug of war between living our purpose and hiding behind the status quo. How might this tug of war show up in your life? Possibly as a tug of war between “success” and “resistance.”

As an introvert, you might fear success because you believe it means becoming uncomfortably visible. You believe in your purpose, but if it means having a spotlight on you, making you feel vulnerable, forget it, you say. Or you embrace the status quo and don’t pursue success because you lack self-confidence or feel you’re “not good enough.”

Whatever the reason, we unconsciously use “resistance” as a way of postponing “success.” This resistance manifests as excuses. (We all know the particular excuses we come up with!)

Here are some ways you can reconcile yourself to “success” so your mind won’t feel the need to create excuses to moving forward.

  • Promise yourself that you’ll strategize ways to stay out of the spotlight. It’s OK – we’re not extroverts!
  • If you lack self-confidence or don’t feel “good enough,” focus on your products or services – the work you want to put out into the world. You believe in the value of the work you’re doing, so put your confidence in that. You can also think of your products or services as a shield to hide behind. In other words, put your products or services front and center and let the spotlight be on them.
  • Remember that a certain percentage of the world’s population is praying for the solutions you offer. Resolve to help them in ways that are comfortable for you, away from a spotlight: online or one-on-one, for example. This way, you can show up authentically and from a place of love.
  • Craft a definition of “success” that feels safe for you and lights you up!

Make “resistance” a thing of the past. By strategizing ways to be comfortably successful, you put resistance out of a job. Then you can be all about living your purpose joyfully.


  • Summer Turner

    Empowering Introverts

    Summer Turner knows that introverts are more successful and fulfilled when they move forward in ways that honor their brain wiring instead of pushing themselves to act like extroverts. An experienced solution-focused strategy coach, course creator and instructor, Summer helps introverted women consultants, coaches and other solopreneurs creatively strategize introvert-brain-friendly paths to success and fulfillment. She has created a signature approach called The Tortoise Way™.