Bringing out your inner spotlight by Roz Usheroff
In what is today a competitive business world where no one is safe or indispensable, toiling in relative obscurity is a surefire way to find yourself on the outside looking in regardless of the results you deliver. In other words, you have to support performance with the right amount of exposure to ensure that your contributions are recognized and appreciated.
The question is, what is the right amount of exposure and how do you achieve this without looking like you are seeking to hog the proverbial spotlight.
In my book The Future of You! Creating Your Enduring Brand, I talk about the importance of standing out by making the move from backstage to front-stage. This is something that is not accomplished with a look-at-me banging of the drum proclamation, nor by elbowing others out of the way.
The best way to move to the front and to stand in the spotlight is to shine from within.
“Be a beacon of hope to every one you meet. Every moment you have the opportunity to change your life and make a difference in the world. Make today worth remembering – Zig Ziglar”
So how do you shine from within?
To start what are the values upon which your goals are based?
Those who seek to serve others, or to be as Ziglar put it “a beacon of hope” to everyone they meet, exemplify the servant leadership mindset that should be at the heart of everything you do.
In other words, within each and every one of us is our own personal spotlight. When it is directed towards serving the best interests of others, we can’t help but illuminate our value to the world around us.
Unfortunately, and far too often, we see the spotlight has being external to who we are and what we believe and do. A place that is both unnatural and uncomfortable for most of us. A zone of self-directed self-serving interest.
In this context it is no wonder why the majority of us have a dim view of being in the spotlight.
Going forward, the real question you need to ask yourself is not how do “I” get noticed but, how do I help “others” to be successful. When you help those you seek to serve achieve their goals, you will ultimately bask in the brightness of a shared spotlight.