Do you struggle to accept your losses, misfortunes, adversities, limitations or disabilities? Do you feel your limitations make you less than others? Such a feeling is not uncommon. Many of us feel that way when we come across a hardship.
I am disabled for life. I lost my ability to walk well before the age to walk. 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. However, there were very slim chances that I could make it to even primary school.
Despite that, now I am a performance scientist, and training thought leader for a Fortune 500 company. I have been fortunate enough to earn 2 doctorates, over 100 international credentials, author 20 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 embraced my disability truly. I embraced my disability as my x-factor or differentiator. Then only I could leverage every single opportunity it offered me. I learned that unless we embrace our losses, we can’t leverage them either to move forward.
How can one embrace the losses, misfortunes, and disabilities so that they become their differentiator over others?