True story: When I was little, I would get “lost” in Kmart to hear my name over the loudspeaker.
“Attention Kmart shoppers… we have a lost little girl named Missy….”
I used to love the spotlight.
I wanted to be “announced” 😉
Somewhere along the way, I lost that.
I faded into the background.
I became the friend who was quiet and listened and watched everything and everyone – and didn’t dare step into the spotlight.
I was afraid.
I didn’t want to fail.
I didn’t want to look silly.
Then I found a career that LITERALLY put me in a dark room with a headset on, while I spoke in someone else’s ear, helping them do their job in the spotlight – often reading words I wrote.
I easily let others lead.
I gladly sat back and did my job – quiet and competent – and not seeking awards or accolades.
I always undersold myself.
No awards I won, no praise I received could convince me that I was good enough.
It wasn’t until I started growing in my faith and learning more about myself through personal development that I realized I don’t need a spotlight – but I don’t need to hide, either.
Just being who I am, sharing my struggles and strengths – that’s what brings value to others.
I don’t need to be perfect.
I don’t need to worry about looking silly.
I just need to trust in myself.
Share what I know.
Show that I care.
And the rest will fall into place.
No one expects you to be ON all the time.
No one expects you to be perfect.
Just be you – and you’ll shine without a spotlight.
You’ll shine from the inside.