Limiting beliefs can often hold us back from living up to our full potential and must be fought with everything we have in us. Shyness is a result of listening to negative self-chatter and limiting beliefs and must be combated. Here’s an inspiring story of someone who overcame their shyness.
The author and dramatist George Bernard Shaw is example of someone who overcame shyness, and he went on to become one of the wittiest, most outspoken public speakers of his time. When asked how he managed to change, he replied, “I did it the same way I learned to skate—by persistently making a fool of myself until I got used to it.” Finally he hit upon a way to conquer his shyness and fear. As a young man, Shaw was so timid he would often walk up and down a street for 20 minutes before he dared to knock on the door of someone with whom he wasn’t well acquainted. “Few men,” he confessed, “have suffered more from shyness and simple cowardice than I have—or have been more ashamed of it!” Determined to turn his weak point into his strongest asset, he joined a debating society. He also attended every meeting in L ondon in which there was to be a public discussion, and forced himself to take part in the debate. With practice, his public speaking improved. Eventually George Bernard Shaw became one of the most confident and brilliant speakers of the early 20th century.
Overcoming shyness isn’t just something you should do for yourself; it’s also part of being a contributing member of society. When you have a thought or idea that deserves to be heard, you’re not only hurting yourself by keeping quiet, you’re hurting the people around you. Others need you. They need your intelligence and insight. They need your help to work through problems. If you hide behind shyness, you limit the help you can give to your friends, family members, and colleagues.