Everything changes. Nothing remains constant. In today’s competitive world, new ideas are evolving, Processes are constantly being improved, products are constantly being modified, technology is evolving fast. The most successful people today are those that can keep up with these changing times – That are open, flexible and willing to adapt to these ever changing conditions.
Adaptability is a skill that takes practice and commitment. But it is a must have tool for achieving desired success. Learning how to adapt to change or unexpected events or situations will not only make you get better at whatever you do, but it will also give you a renewed sense of optimism and positivity about life itself. It will be very helpful for happiness in your personal as well as professional life.
Start implementing these tips to strengthen your adaptability skills –
1. Learn from others
As is the case with learning anything, be it sports, a hobby or any new skill, managing change and becoming more adaptable too is best learnt from others. Take notes when you see someone exhibit adaptability skills you are keen to learn. You can even ask them directly for tips and guidance. These could be people you work with, your friends, relatives or even neighbors. When you observe people around you and understand how they get things done successfully, you will get practical experience and guidance to do the same in your own life.
Most successful people credit reading in some capacity as a factor in their success. So if you don’t have people around you to learn from, read books to understand how successful people think and act and how they increase their aptitude for adaptability.
2. Find the Positives
Identifying positives from situations or events that don’t go as planned can be very tough because such situations can leave you feeling very disappointed. This is particularly so if the failure you experienced was big. However, being able to find the silver lining in all the work you do is a great way to change your focus from lack and loss to abundance and success that you wish to achieve. It will help you pick out important lessons to come out of trickiest of situations and to make better choices for yourself in the future. This is what adaptability is about. It is about going within, connecting with your own strength and power. It is about viewing things less critically and more objectively such that you are able to think clearly and act more consciously and appropriately in the given situation.
To identify the positives coming out from a situation, note down the lessons you are learning from your experiences. The more you engage in this process the easier it will be to face things courageously and overcome the tough challenges you are facing.
3. Be Willing to make mistakes
It is said, to err is human. No one is perfect. Making mistakes is a part of our learning journey. This is what life is about – You fall, you learn, you get up and guess what?- you try again! While mistakes can be frustrating, or even humiliating, if you trust the process and believe that these challenges will take you to something bigger and better in your life, you will be able to handle the pressure and strengthen your adaptability muscles. Being afraid to fail or make mistakes will take away bigger opportunities for success because you may not even try to take action for your goals, simply because you don’t want to risk failing. This way you will risk less but if you achieve small too.
4. Adopt Patience and Acceptance
Change is not easy to embrace. You are bound to feel uncomfortable or even fearful when you are caught in unusual circumstances. They Key is to accept what is happening, and to encourage yourself to put your best foot forward in this situation rather than wasting time complaining that these things should not have happened to you. if we face what we have to face and deal with it at the right time, we will certainly emerge successful. Our ability to face situations and take action despite our fears is the ultimate key to solve problems and welcome changes more successfully.
Sit in Silence, all by yourself. Acknowledge the problem. Think of what action steps you can take for this overwhelming situation. Calmly write down what thoughts and solutions you can think of. When you try to focus on solutions, your subconscious mind will bring you more ideas and resources for your growth and success.
Wish you Success
Dr Karishma Ahuja, PhD
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About Dr Karishma Ahuja
Dr Ahuja is a Metaphysical Couselor, Hypnotherapist and Life coach specializing in Law of Attraction and Ho’oponopono Inner child therapy based on concept of Forgiveness and Letting go. She has written 2 books, “The Healing Power of Gratitude” and the “Healing Power of Words”.