This week, I talked to a friend about one of the biggest lessons I learned during 2020 - the importance of adaptability.
“Change is the only constant in life. One’s ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life.” Ben Franklin
Adaptability is defined as “the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions.” New conditions come in the form of changes from outside forces beyond our control (i.e. a stressor). However, the more adaptable you are the more likely you will prevail when difficulties arise. You have the ability to keep moving forward and flow through resistance. For example, everything in our world changed in the blink of an eye in 2020. It feels like an entire decade of change was rolled into a few months.
If you are stuck thinking and hoping things will go back to the ways they used to be, you will be lost. Adopting an adaptable mindset allows you to recognize the change, realize it is manageable, adjust and keep moving forward. We all get stuck in patterns and routines, but we must be willing to transform.
When tragedy strikes or you lose your job, family, or possessions, what do you do? It is important to spend some time grieving the loss. However, eventually, you must adapt.
There are plenty of ways you can work on your mindset. For example, you can learn new skills online for free, reach out to friends and family for support, and focus on adding value to others’ lives. The key is the willingness to flow with the changing times and open your eyes to new opportunities.
The more adaptable you become, the more likely you are to reach your full potential.