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TRANSCRIPT: Master Your Mindset, Overcome Self-Deception, Change Your Life: Shadé Zahrai

Here is the full transcript and summary of Shadé Zahrai’s talk titled, “Master your Mindset, Overcome Self-Deception, Change your Life,” at TEDxDRC conference.

In this TEDx talk, performance educator Shadé Zahrai identifies five common inner deceiver archetypes that prevent people from achieving their potential: the judge, the victimizer, the misguided protector, the ringmaster, and the neglector. She emphasizes that recognizing these deceivers is the first step in subduing them and achieving a limitless mindset.

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What if you were limitless? What if every single day you knew that nothing or no one would get you down? What if self-doubt was replaced with unshakable conviction? Imagine how your life would play out over a week, a month, or even a year.

Imagine the snowball of momentum and confidence, regardless of external setbacks. We all know those remarkable, even obsessive, people that really go for it. They truly live their potential with conviction. What’s the key difference between this tiny subset of movers and shakers and a majority with equally lofty aspirations that never really get there?

I’ve had the good fortune of working with thousands of leaders at some of the most influential companies around the globe. My business helps them to boost their performance. Part of the process includes identifying and removing obstacles that get in their way. As I engaged with more and more leaders, I started to notice a pattern emerging among those that operated with a limited mindset versus the limitless minority.

It turns out what held back most of these otherwise exceptional and talented people wasn’t a lack of skill, experience, or even resources; it was often rooted in a relationship with the closest and most influential person in their lives. And this person would always appear to care but instead would sabotage their progress and growth. You have such a person in your life too. They’re much closer than what you realize because they exist up here in your mind.

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