5 Perspective Shifts You Need to Become an Exceptional Achiever 'Faster'

5 Perspective Shifts You Need to Become an Exceptional Achiever ‘Faster’

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Have you been hit by any disabilities – emotional, mental, physical, or otherwise? In those moments of adversity, you may feel as if you are undesirable. How do you transform this disability into something that others are envious of? How do you bring that state of desirability into your life?

I am disabled for life. Before I was old enough to walk, I lost my ability to do so. I contracted polio when I was six months old because of polio. One of my legs got paralyzed. I was left to live with that permanent disability for life. The first two decades of my life were miserable. I could merely crawl on the floor or use walking aids to get some mobility. There were very slim chances that I could make it to even primary school.

Despite that, now I am a recognized world leader, a performance scientist, and a training thought leader for a Fortune 500 company. I have been fortunate enough to earn 2 doctorates, over 100 international credentials, author of 23 books, and be one among frontier specialists on speed in learning and performance. I teach organizations and professionals to walk faster in whatever they do, even though I still can’t walk.

Such a drastic transformation would not have been possible if I had not shifted my mindset to transform my disability into desirability.  That was when I could leverage every single opportunity it offered me.

I would like to give five pieces of advice to people with disabilities. These are probably applicable not only to people with actual physical disabilities but also to those with perceived disabilities which they have formed in their minds.

1. Strive for true acceptance, not compromise about the walls that hold you back

No matter the crisis or its after-effects, we must accept the limitations imposed by our crisis wholeheartedly. Unless we accept, we cannot move forward. I realize that true acceptance is very difficult, as it takes a long time and it comes slowly. I understood that there are three indications that you have attained true acceptance. One, when you assume your disability as part of you, that defines you. Two, when you feel the strong self-belief that it will not stop you, rather it will push you forward. Three, when you think of it as your differentiator over others.

I lived in self-denial for years. I hated myself when I looked at myself in the mirror. I tricked myself by saying “I tried my best; now this is the way it is. I accept it,” but still kept sulking over it. It’s not true acceptance, it’s a compromise. One day, I understood that my disability is an inseparable part of my personality. From that moment onwards, my life changed for good as I was ready to move on and make the best use of my disability. True acceptance gives us that strength when you take it as part of your personality.

When I got that self-belief, I began to leverage my immobility. Instead, I used it to learn many things with no distractions. It was not there to limit me, but to push me forward. True acceptance gives you that strong self-belief that your crisis, adversity, challenge, or limitation is not there to restrict you.

I never mentioned my disability ever in any profile or resume. But the moment I recognized it as my x-factor, I got several amazing opportunities (such as an invite for a TEDx speech). True acceptance allows you to view your challenges, limitations, weaknesses, or disabilities as your unique selling point, differentiators or x-factors.


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About Dr Raman K Attri

Dr Raman K Attri is the world’s #1 authority on the science of speed in professional and organizational settings. He is the world's only professional speaker speaking on the topic of the science of speed. He is the author of 23 multi-genre books. As a performance scientist, he has been recognized as one of the leading ‘Transformational Business Leaders’ of 2022. He was named as one of the ‘Global 500 Leaders’ of 2021, alongside stellar leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Gary Vee, Jim Kwik, and Jay Shetty, to name a few. He has made his space as a true accelerated learning guru, earning over 100 international credentials and degrees, including two doctorates in the learning domain, apart from some of the world’s highest certifications. A corporate business manager, he has been featured and cited in over 125 media features in TV/radio shows, magazines, podcasts, and forums.

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