How many times have you laid out a plan to have something go wrong?
Have you ever let it ruin your day or let it hold you back from accomplishing your goals?
According to Google being adaptable is to be able to adjust to new conditions. For evolutionists, adaptability has been an important aspect of existence since the beginning of time. Charles Darwin explains this in his Theory of Evolution.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
I know. I know, that’s my inner science nerd coming out, but when I look at the world we live in. I can’t help but see adaptability everywhere. If you look closely you may realize that some of the most kind, successful and happy people live a lifestyle where they are willing to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances.
I think that one of the most important lessons that someone can learn/the best mentality someone can possess is to be adaptable. Now, I’m not saying that strategic planning and organizations is the root of all your problems. I believe that each of these are valuable assets as well. The key is to find the balance between the two. To not be forced to adapt, but to be willing to adapt.
Everyday we are faced with new challenges. Everyday we choose how we respond to these challenges. We can choose to get overwhelmed and worked up about what is getting in our way or we can choose to view it as an opportunity.
An opportunity to grow.
An opportunity to do something that you’ve never done before.
An opportunity to look at things differently.
An opportunity to step outside our comfort zone.
I used to be the person that lived my life by lists. I was a control freak. I would try to have everything planned out in advanced and strategically know every step I needed to take to accomplish each of my goals. One thing I’ve only recently begun to master is having the ability to accept things as they come and to adapt accordingly. Since realizing this my quality of life has increased tenfolds.
I’m still just as driven as ever and my mind is still constantly thinks “okay what is my next step”. I remain committed to my decisions, but more importantly I am flexible on my approach. So what does this mean? It means that I have ultimate end goals that I want to achieve and I develop possible circumstances and actions that will allow me to reach these goals. However, what I don’t do is plan the whole thing out before taking action. I’ve learned to take each step as I comes. From experience, I know how exhausting it is to spend hours pre-planning everything only to have it not work out or have a minor difficulty that alters everything half way through.
The fast changing economy can be a scary concept for both entrepreneurs and business owners of longstanding companies and clientele. The aspect that allows successful businesses to stand out from the ones that are just scraping by is their ability to adapt by continually evolving as the demand in the market changes. This is important for your business potential, but it also allows you to become the “go to” in your specialization. Subconsciously, people take note of who stays calm when the going gets tough and who looks at problems as opportunities to branch out into a new direction.This is a hidden advantage that can set your business apart from the others so you can be trusted, get the recognition you deserve, and have a business that continues to thrive.
Similar to the benefits from a business perspective, individual adaptability is important when faced with abrupt changes and handling challenges gracefully. Not only does it allow us to accept and deal with challenges calmly, it allows us to embrace them and keep persisting in order to achieve our dreams. Making this small shift in your mindset can allow you to cope while enabling your life to be more fun and successful. It will leave you with an overall sense of calmness, help you find inner peace, and allow you to maximize your individual potential.
Learn to Become More Adaptable
After reading both the personal and business benefits of adaptability you may be thinking okay so how do I change my mindset to become this way? Luckily, being adaptable isn’t a genetic inheritance, it is something that can be learnt. Below, I have put together a few steps that be beneficial in helping you achieve this.
- Look at situations with multiple perspective.
Try looking at situations from different perspectives. Weigh the pros and the cons. The positives and the negatives. Choose what you believe is worth getting worked up over and what is best to just let go. When facing challenges with others try to understand and accept how they could be feeling and why they are reacting in a certain way based on their point of view.
2. Have a positive attitude.
Although it may seem crazy during certain situations to develop a positive approach, remember that circumstances must change in order for you to evolve as a person. Without evolving and learning we would ultimately get nowhere within our lives and be unable to achieve or goals. Try to be optimistic and search for a new opportunity within every challenge that comes your way.
3. Live in the present. Plan for the future.
Understand what your ultimate goal is and realize what all you are willing to do to achieve it. Focus on what you can do today that will bring you one more step towards it. Experiment different approaches to determine what will work best for you. Everyone is unique. Everyone has different dreams, goals, and aspirations. Everyone is willing to sacrifice different things to achieve what they want. For these reasons, it is important to do your research and see what others are doing, but not copy it or rely on their procedures to get the outcome that you’re looking for. Learn what works best for you and use it to your advantage.
4. Ask for help.
At times it may not seem it but there is help around every corner, regardless of what you are trying to achieve or how you are feeling. It is important to know you’re not alone in life. When something is troubling you don’t be ashamed to seek comfort and guidance. Family and friends can help, but there are heaps of online platforms and support groups as well. I’m always here for you too. A new opinion or outlook can allow you can see things from a different perspective.
That’s all for this week. Try to remember to say yes to challenges when dealing with situations. Try and see it as an opportunity to learn. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards your peers and do your best to bounce back from setbacks with a smile.
Until next time,
Kristyn Breeze xx.