Holding back from being our best, shining out through all we do, seems to be a common thing. Some people were perhaps brought up with the idea of keeping a low profile. Others may be uncomfortable, or at least unused to shining out, as centre stage is a new location for them.
In this age of interconnectivity and social media, shining out stands in contrast to such thinking. Yet we don’t need to be shouting from the rooftops for our efforts to speak for us. Moreover, often it is enough we know we have given our all without having to inform everyone constantly.
In actual fact, when there is no sense of personal interaction involved, for many people the results obtained are of more concern than the way they are achieved.
Although we are motivated to live our potential, we cannot expect others to do the same. At most our example of shining out might inspire them to follow suit. And if they do, acknowledging their undertaking will hopefully encourage them to continue in this direction.
To close, it is possibly worth reflecting for a few minutes on what life would be like if we were all shining out in all we did.
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).