As the final week of November draws to a close and I reflect on the last month or so, which has been peppered with a number of challenges both personally and professionally, I am reminded of some key lessons learned/honed back in 2012-14 during my #sealfit challenges.
ADAPTABILITY was one of the founding lessons we had drilled into us during long dark hours lugging packs, logs and team mates around the SoCal mountains, oceans and wherever else the Coaches could find that would create the most discomfort.
ADAPTABILITY is the one key skill and attitude that will keep you progressing, keep you alive (in combat situations and as I have learned in business also), it will keep you in a positive headspace; it is directly linked to your motivation, resilience, success and ability to cope with any challenge life throws your way.
When you KNOW you are adaptable, you KNOW you can face anything and Conquer!!
So what are the elements of adaptability?
- Adaptable people experiment.
- Adaptable people see opportunity where others see failure.
- Adaptable people are resourceful.
- Adaptable people think ahead.
- Adaptable people don’t whine, they ‘adapt’ & move on.
- Adaptable people don’t blame.
- Adaptable people don’t claim fame. They achieve quietly and hold their team mates up rather than themselves.
- Adaptable people know what they stand for.
- Adaptable people keep an open mind.
- Adaptable people maintain a curious disposition.
When all you seem to see are closed doors, closed options or negatives around you; look for the windows, look for the other path around the obstacles, look toward the brighter sky.. because there is always a silver lining.. always!!!
Are You Adaptable ?
Are you a person who is able to embrace change quickly or do you flee from it?
When you are asked to make changes within your current organisation/life/situation, what is your first thought or attitude? Are you open? Angry? Cautious?
Can you live in the tension of the ‘unknown’, or do you feel the need to ‘control’ all the outcomes?
Would others say you are a control freak? If so, why? What evidence is there in your life that would lead them to that conclusion?
How can you learn to embrace change more easily?
Are you living in a land ‘between’ right now? Caught between the past/unfinished business and your present joy? What in your life might need to be ‘grieved’ or ‘let go of’ in order to embrace the next phase?
Adaptability is a skill that can be honed; as humans, in our ‘natural’ stat, we often do not cope well with change. Change and uncertainty are primally wired into our DNA as a threat to our survival. However, with attention and awareness we can develop our ‘adaptability muscle’. We can strengthen our resilience and our ability to cope with emotional and physical stressors far more effectively and maintain our critical reasoning capabilities.
In the journey to success it is not about talent or knowledge, it is about flexibility and adaptation. Who succeeds best is not the one who is strongest or fastest, but the one who can adapt to change and be flexible enough to survive through the arduous terrain of life, as well as exhibit a healthy dose of tenacity- adapt and never stop adapting; NEVER GIVE UP!
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