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Speed Up Your Success by Mastering Two Dimensions of Clarity

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When we use a GPS in unfamiliar territory, we don’t get lost easily. Instead, we arrive at our destination much quicker. Our life is no different. When we are clear about what we want, we get there faster. However, often, we underestimate the power of clarity. We are living in a world of noise, competition, and information overload. Amidst that, we all tend to get distracted easily. We quickly lose our direction in life. In those times, we make choices amidst the lack of sound clarity, ending up in an unwanted place. It takes several years to get back to the point where we originally wanted to go. In this process, we waste much time trying to rectify our course. We get slowed down in life as we take longer than expected to reach our goals.

MAKING INSANE CHOICES BECOMES EASY

I graduated as an electronics engineer at the onset of the technology boom. Google had just been incorporated. Being an electronics engineer in those days was considered as a sure-win ticket to either go abroad or get a decent job at a multinational or public services company.

I came from a low-income family where we could not afford to buy even the books for the school. My father worked hard day and night, hoping I would get a good job someday. Under those circumstances, I direly needed a job and should have knocked on every door for a job.

We had the privilege of some good companies coming to the institution for campus interviews. To many people’s surprise, I did not appear in any campus job interview. Those days, many brilliant students would appear in nationwide examinations for potential jobs at some influential, well-established public companies. I did not choose that path either. Several of my classmates opted to appear in some exams to take admission into top-tier US universities. Again, I did not opt for that route either.

While people were packing their bags to fly out to their newly found careers or routes, I packed my tiny backpack and headed to join a small, underdeveloped training institute for a $50/ month job. Why would I make such an unorthodox, irrational, or ‘career suicide’ decision? Did I lack clarity? Was I confused?

Have you made such an insanely looking decision? If yes, you would know that in those moments, you knew someone forces inside you subconsciously or consciously telling you that it was the right path to go for. You take such indigestible decisions because your inner clarity supersedes everything that might look important at the surface. That clarity makes you brave enough to handle the harshest crisis from people around it.

“Lack of clarity is the primary reason for failure in business and personal life.” – Brian Tracy

CLARITY COMES AT DEFINING MOMENTS

My insanely looking decision originated back in my childhood.

I was affected by polio when I was six months old. I lost my ability to walk before I could reach the age of walking. The only way I could walk was by wearing calipers which weighed around 20 kg. I was popularly known as a one-legged guy. The more I was bullied or made fun of, the more I felt worthless and helpless.

I wanted to be known for something more than my disability. I wanted to be somebody else so badly. I needed something that could differentiate me from the crowd. When I thought about it, I realized the only way to make my mark in this world was by gaining “more” differentiating capabilities than others.

In 8th grade school, I happened to read a biography of Isaac Newton. He was a brilliant scientist. Most of us remember him for discovering Newton’s three laws of physics. Do you know that he was disabled too? He suffered from stuttering, epilepsy, and autism. Still, he discovered the most foundational laws of physics. Then I read about Thomas Edison – he was deaf. Albert Einstein also had learning disabilities. The famous Leonardo da Vinci is said to have dyslexia.

That struck me deeply. I thought if Newton and all these guys can, why can’t I? One day in school, I remember once, my teacher asked me, “What do you want to be?” “I want to be a scientist,” I replied. Every single person in the class gave me an ‘eye rolling’ reaction with an open jaw. Before this, I was a subject of being made fun of as a one-legged guy. Those eye-rolling reactions of my classmates told me this was it. Sometimes clarity strikes you like in a way that in a single moment, the whole path of your personal and professional life becomes clear to you.

CLARITY TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU WANT

That clarity put me on a path which I had to achieve anyhow. Despite my condition and rejections by several colleges, at 21, I graduated as an electronics engineer.

I had a map in my head that guided me to what I wanted, why I wanted it, how I wanted it, when I wanted it, and where I wanted it. After graduating as an engineer, instead of choosing obvious, traditional paths that promised a glorious future, I worked with a $50 per month job. A year later, I became a scientist at 22 for one of India’s premier research labs.

I used that clarity as fuel to propel myself forward at a much higher speed than my peers.

TWO-DIMENSIONAL CLARITY CAN SPEED UP YOUR SUCCESS

Have you ever experienced in life when you thought you were not moving forward fast enough? As it turns out, the lack of clarity is the single most thing that slows down the progress of many people in their personal and professional lives. In those exact moments, most people seek motivation or inspiration. Irrespective of the trigger, the effect of motivation or inspiration is usually short-lived.

I observed that to stay on track in life, you need sustainable, never-ending inspiration. When you have clarity, you get a head start, which is hard to beat. Thus, instead of motivation or inspiration, you need to focus on gaining two-dimensional clarity. The first dimension is about “Why,” which is your emotional drive for doing something you want to do.

The second dimension is about “What for,” which is your drive that moves you towards a purpose that you hope to achieve. You need to master both dimensions. More often, people focus on clarifying the dimension of their “why” motives or the dimension of their goals. But to speed up your progress in life, you need to establish utmost clarity on both dimensions.

Once I had this two-dimensional clarity, I moved forward with all my weapons while others were busy figuring out the best ways to do so. Despite my permanent disability, all my subsequent career achievements that included earning 2 doctorates, receiving over 100 international credentials, traveling around the world, and writing 20 books – all were grounded in the clarity that I had sought in my early years.

CLARITY IS THE NEW SUPERPOWER

To get your life back on track, you don’t need to be the best in the class or insanely mad after your goals. If you want to be a star performer in a short time, do not put your foot on the pedal before you have the map in your hand. Your map is your clarity.

Once you have clarity, you have the sustainable fuel that will propel you forward. You will get unmatchable speed in your personal and professional life. You will produce amazing results in a shorter time.

Search for that clarity first because it is the new superpower in the chaotic, noisy, and confusing world surrounding us.

Dr. Raman K Attri is world’s leading authority on the science of speed in professional learning and performance. He is a multifaceted personality who wears several hats as a performance scientist, author of multiple books, professional conference speaker, and global learning business leader. Undeterred by his permanent disability since childhood, Dr Raman has transformed his inability to walk into his niche expertise to teach others how to walk faster in their professional world. As a global training thought leader, he manages a Hall of the Fame training organization named one of the top 10 in the world for a Fortune 500 technology corporation. He is a prolific author of 20 multi-genre books, holder of two doctorates and over 100 international educational credentials, and featured in over 100 media features, articles, interviews, and shows.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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