If it is the gearstick that would be serious and quite alarming!
No, it's more likely it is just the gearknob. In my Proceed when aligned as per the graphic it is a little loose and soon goes out of alignment again. Hand-tightening it means it is about 15 to 20 degrees off, which causes me irrational distress. One day, I may get round to putting a bit of Threadlock on it.
Make a packing with aluminium foil or soft plastic circles (hole punch them), to fit in the extreme top of the threaded section of the gear stick until it sits in place, aligned correctly. You will need approximetely one thread's worth of depth.