42 minutes | Nov 4, 2020

046: The Powerful Purpose of Introverts by Holley Gerth | The Living Room

“You are perfectly designed for God's unique purposes for your life!” In this episode, Holley Gerth shares from her newest book,  The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You. While common stereotypes often make introverts feel like they are not enough, the truth is that God wired each of us diversely on purpose. The good news is that being introverted or extroverted does not make one better at leading or loving people, they just do it differently. So rather than living in comparison, insecurity or fear, Holley encourages us to fully embrace who God created us to be. To my introverted friend, hear this: there are specific God-given strengths within you that our world needs more than ever before! { USE PLAYER BAR @ TOP OF PAGE to listen to show, subscribe and share } Important Takeaways from Show The brain and nervous systems of introverts are wired completely different than extroverts Extroverts are wired to look for ways to get more dopamine which is often found in large groups of people, whereas introverts have a more stable dopamine level within themselves already "Half the population is made up of introverts" - Myers Briggs Foundation Introverts will often become passionate about a specific cause and step up in a way that appears more extroverted Introverts and extroverts can love people equally, they just do it in different ways Both can make great leaders; many successful leaders are introverts We may appear more or less introverted in certain seasons or roles, but our initial wiring doesn't change Research shows that we all become more introverted as we age Understanding who God made us to be should lead us to praise rather than pride or insecurity Self-awareness can help us to understand and appreciate others better also To better understand someone, you can ask "how can I love you well right now?" Introverts do well with structure and fulfilling a specific given role Some people are designed to be highly visible and lead out front while others are designed to lead from behind and quietly champion people or projects Introverts can provide a calming presence in the midst of chaos Extroverts can help energize and inspire introverts We are exactly what God wants us to be right now and He loves us just as we are The goal is always progress, not perfection Trust God to complete the good work He started in you (Philippians 1:6) COMMON QUALITIES OF AN INTROVERT: Prefer to work in quieter, more independent environments Highly observant  and often notice what others miss Have a capacity and a need for solitude Take time before making decisions or responding I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:14 Links from Show BOOK: The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You PREVIOUS EPISODE: 011: Hope Your Heart Needs with Holly Gerth | The Living Room QUIZ: What percent introvert are you? PODCAST:More Than Small Talk [Disclosure: I make a small commission from affiliate links used in this post.]   Connect with Holley Gerth  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Connect with Joanna  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter   Get Episode Updates! We'd love to have you join our special Living Room Podcast email list. Even if you're already part of my regular list, by applying in the form below, you'll be notified when new episodes air - and get a special gift for joining (among other things!) I'd love to hear from you... What spoke most to you from Holley's interview?
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