Sharing The Spotlight
Learning how to be content with not being the center of attention all the time will serve you very well. It helps you realize that not everything is about you and that other people deserve just as much attention. By allowing the attention to shift within a group, you are promoting a nurturing and healthy environment for everyone to grow and learn from one another.
People who have difficulty with not being the center of attention are either suffering from histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder or have a very inflated ego. Guess what happens when attention naturally shifts away from them? They burst.
You want to be modest in life and by always being in the spotlight, you are actually inflating your ego, which prevents the development of modesty. A healthy balance is always key to developing and maintaining a stable state of mind and emotional wellbeing. It is more important for you to feel good mentally than to have your ego massaged on a consistent basis.
You will start to notice that you will appreciate yourself more when you don’t always have attention directed towards you. It helps you in many ways:
- You become more observant of what other people have to say
- You become more observant of how other people behave
- You improve your listening skills and learn more from others
- You give yourself more time to gather your thoughts
- You humble yourself
- You start to learn how to become more selective in your word choice
- People become more appreciative of your presence
- People respect the fact that you give others a chance to share the spotlight
Whenever you find yourself seeking way too much attention, take a step back and ask yourself, “do I really need all of this?” It is not about how much attention you receive; it is about the quality of the attention which you receive. Receiving less attention but delivering more memorable acts, is worth much more than receiving a lot of attention on silly and immature behavior.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)