No matter if you are an introvert, extrovert or something in between, many of us struggle to move from the shadows into the spotlight.
Through my work I have come across so many people who struggle with standing in the spotlight. It’s not just for those of us that are introverted. I have come across the most extroverted people who struggle to be heard for who they really are and to step into their own unique spotlight.
In my experience from working with people making the transition from the shadows into the spotlight – from unknown to recognised expert – this is what I’ve learned. I hope it helps you too.
Connect with your why
What is your deeper purpose? It takes courage to be truly seen and heard. And while we might want to have a desire to move into the spotlight, I believe it needs to have purpose. It’s about letting our self-limiting beliefs collapse around us and ask the larger question of why.
I believe it’s not about literally being in the spotlight. It’s about synergy and connections that you create when you are there.
Be of service
I believe we all have stories to tell that will help others in some way. We have experience and expertise we have developed in our lives that should be shared because others will benefit from it. The world needs to hear what you have to say.
Moving into the spotlight is not about being someone you’re not. Nor is it about changing your personality. It’s about allowing your true self to emerge from the shadows and being illuminated.
And it’s not necessarily about striving and seeking, it can be about standing still and feeling the ground beneath your feet and allowing people to come towards you.
It’s also about being brave enough to be vulnerable. When you are vulnerable you create connections with people because you are speaking your truth, and quite often it’s their truth as well.
Believe in your stories
We live in a world where are encouraged to compare ourselves to others. As soon as we do this, we start living smaller lives. We start thinking our stories are not as important as theirs.
We need to have the confidence to know our stories are valid, not matter how big or small.
And finally, it’s about being open to 'yes'
Who are you not to shine your light? Who are you not to have a voice? Who are you not to make the world a better place?
It’s not about becoming louder, it’s about becoming bolder. It’s about being open to yes.
'Yes' is magic. 'Yes' is illuminating. 'Yes' can open up opportunities you never even dreamed of.
So I’ll close with just one question. What are you going to say 'yes' to in 2015?