Be Adaptive.

It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent.

It is the one that is most adaptable to change.

// Charles Darwin

Change is constant. As we move through life, it doesn’t go away. We push our edges in the pursuit of creating an impact and becoming better.

Thus, it is our resilience and ability to adapt that will signal our success in overcoming change.

A few strategies that we could adopt to be “adaptive” include:

  • Embrace a growth mindset: do not accept the notion that everything is fixed; your traits, knowledge, status and abilities are malleable and always shifting.
  • Look at failure as an opportunity to learn; if you change your relationship with failure, you are positioning yourself to succeed the next time.
  • Be proactive, not reactive.
  • Focus on that which is in your control (i.e. the process). To achieve a desirable outcome, we must focus on that which we have direct control over.

If we can recognise “change” as a force that we can benefit from, as an opportunity to grow and evolve, suddenly it doesn’t seem so scary.

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