“Being ourselves is a 24/7 part, always in the spotlight. The only variable factor is the size of the stage we are performing on.” #bgdtcoaching.
Being in the spotlight, performing at our best is a valid way of fulfilling our potential. Regardless of what we undertake, it is worth recalling the old theatrical saying “Always give 100% because you never know who is in the audience.”
In the spotlight our potential is made up of various elements, each adding to the sum of the whole. The mass noun ‘potential’, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English, is the “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to the future success or usefulness.”
Standing in the spotlight, on whatever stage we might find ourselves, can be a lonely place if our preparation has not been comprehensive enough. Yet paradoxically, it is only by being ourselves, offering our all, that we get to discover how effective we are at bringing our potential to the stage as a result of our development efforts beforehand.
Being ourselves could at times be a part we feel we cannot undertake. There might be pressures on us to compromise our values, play small, accept second or third or fourth best even, for the sake of maintaining someone else’s facade of make-believe. Only we can decide the right strategy to follow in such circumstances. We get to choose our lines and decide our moment of entry and exit.
For now though as time in the spotlight here winds down, let me just thank you for being part of the audience today. To join the cast by sharing your input on the issue of being in the spotlight, please leave a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).