Niyi and his wife, Wunmi Adereti, have a handsome one year-old son, Levi. They are a beautifully gifted family. This powerfully insightful blog was written from a sermon Niyi preached a couple weeks ago. He is interning as Steve Backlund's travel intern during 2015-2016. He is passionate about creating atmospheres for people to encounter God's Presence and discover who they are created to be. His vision is to see the Church fully become a vehicle for revival (the increased awareness of God's Presence) and reformation (the wisdom and power of God to bring cultural transformation).
How Powerful Introverts Change The World
An Introvert is usually described as someone who is quiet and gets refreshed by being alone. While this may be sometimes true, it is not really the whole truth. The challenge with this is that introverts can easily fall into the stereotype of "shy and socially awkward" people who do not know how to relate to others in public.
The major difference between introverts and extroverts is "sensitivity to stimulation." According to Adam Grant he says, "If you’re an introvert, you’re more prone to being overstimulated by intense or prolonged social interaction—and at that point, reflecting on your thoughts and feelings can help you recharge" (Adam Grant - 5 Myths About Introverts and Extroverts).
Who is a powerful introvert?
A powerful introvert is someone who recognizes that he or she is made in God's image and as a result, possesses the God given ability to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. You don't have to change who you are to become significant. You only have to become who you are created to be and your significance will become a byproduct of the process.
Here are 6 keys on how powerful introverts change the world:
S - Speak and Stretch:
- Introverts are deep wells of wisdom because they spend a lot of time on inner reflection and thinking deeply before they speak. When they speak, they usually have strategic insights on how to solve complex issues.
- Find your voice and speak up. The loudest voice in the room does not always equal to the smartest option. But the smartest option will not be discovered unless the you speak loud enough to be heard.
- Shyness is a lie rooted in the fear of rejection. Introverts are not shy, they just have not been given the permission to speak out.
- Look for opportunities to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone and do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. When Jeremiah tried to give excuses on why he can't speak, God told him, "You must go...and say whatever I command you..." (Jeremiah 1:4-10).
P - Pray and Push:
- Prayer releases grace, and grace empowers you to do the impossible. "...The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (James 5:16).
- Keep moving forward when you encounter resistance. Your patience and perseverance is worth it.
I - Inspire and Imagine:
- Introverts have have the unique ability to genuinely care about people and engage in meaningful conversations. Use this to inspire others to grow into their full, God given potential.
- Let the Holy Spirit partner with your imagination to dream big and create strategic solutions to challenges the world is facing.
R - Recharge and Relax:
- Know your strengths and your limits. Recognize your natural tendencies. If you know you can engage with a certain number of people at a time in your day, then stay within that limit untill you can expand your capacity.
- Take time out to be by yourself so you can relax and refresh. You don't have to apologize for this because Jesus also took time out in His day to be by Himself and recharge (Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:13-23).
I - Identify Yourself:
- Know who you are and whose you are. Be secure in the gifts you carry and be content in your growth process.
- Use tools to identify the strengths in your personality traits and the areas in which you need to grow. Example of tools include Strengthsfinder, Destiny finder, Myers-Briggs test, DISC test.
Your personality as an introvert is a powerful gift, but it is not who you are. You are a child of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit and you are called to change the world.
T - Train and Transfer:
- The wisdom and knowledge you have is not for you alone. Share it with the world.
- Look for outlets to share your wisdom and train the next generation.
- Refuse to partner with the fear of rejection.
- Stay humble and knock on doors. The right ones will open for you (Matthew 7:7).
In conclusion, part of being a powerful introvert includes believing that our words are powerful. So, let's say these declarations out loud:
- I am a powerful Introvert!
- I am a child of God!
- I carry God’s DNA inside me!
- I have been empowered to release His Glory over all the earth!