At times we might either be blending in, keeping our heads down and moving with the masses or, alternatively, standing out by taking a position. The moment may dictate our approach, yet provided we are guided by our intuition our action will invariably be right for us.
Blending in brings with it a series of benefits and possibly one or two negative aspects. We get to save energy when blending in with popular opinion. No effort is needed to make decisions or evaluate choices. The crowd carries us towards a common destination in a way a contrarian mindset probably cannot.
Furthermore, blending in concerning mundane matters gives us the chance to prepare fully prior to raising our head for a cause more attuned to our heart. Choosing how we experience life is a key part of enjoying it.
On the other hand, blending in when we instinctively feel we should be speaking up can be a source of frustration and discomfort. Opportunities often arrive on their own time schedule and we risk to find ourselves wrong-footed if we are blending in to the point of hiding away.
In a similar fashion, blending in on occasions restricts us from living our potential. As such, we could be living a plain vanilla existence. However, on a certain level we might be playing small precisely to continue blending in with our peers, community or family members.
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), 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).