Adaptability

Adaptability

Adaptability is the personality trait that helps determine how you respond to change. It’s composed of flexibility (your willingness to change) and versatility (your ability to change). Adaptable people are less anxious and deal better with changes than those were not.

While we may have natural tendencies to be more or less adaptable, we can consciously decide to be more mentally flexible.

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Valuable To Your Employer

Adaptable people are open to new ideas, and don't need to follow traditional ways. They're able to anticipate changes and don't panic when things don't go according to plan.

Adaptability always adds to the competitive advantage of organizations or individuals. 

A Better Leader

Adaptable people excel as leaders, earn the respect of their peers, inspire those around them to embrace change, and helps to facilitate even the most unanticipated transitions.

Unlike adaptable leaders, a leader unable to pivot quickly could hurt employees and the organization as a whole.

Happier And More Satisfied With Life

Our ability to have life satisfaction, to be happy and to have good relationships depends on our ability to adapt.

Being adaptable means not feeling hopeless and helpless in the face of change. If you can tell yourself that you have the skills and ability to change yourself, even if you can't change the situation, you have the key to being happy regardless of your circumstances.

Career Transitions

Being adaptable can mean less time looking for work, and less stress as you tackle your new job search tasks.

You stop procrastinating and do what it takes to get a job. You're also more likely to try new roles, increasing the scope and the chances of success of your search.

Bounce Back Quickly From Adversity

Adaptable people take adversity in stride, adjusting their thoughts and expectations to suit their new reality, instead of dwelling on "what could have been."

Being adaptable means you change yourself to accommodate your circumstances, which is often easier than changing your circumstances.

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Adaptability

... is a combination of flexibility, your attitude and willingness to adapt, and versatility, your ability to adapt. 

The effectively adaptable person meets the other person’s needs and his own by treating others as they would like to be treated.

Adaptability changes with context and most people think they are more adaptable than they actually are. 

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How To Be Adaptable
  • Stop whining. Learn to accept the situation, adapt to it, and move on. 
  • Don’t mindlessly believe that something is ‘wrong’ and must be avoided. 
  • Discover your coping mechanism and consider changing some aspects of it. 
  • Be open to change. As long as it’s safe, embrace new things and experiment. 
  • Have multiple plans so no change will surprise you. 
  • Engage in positive self-talk occasionally, to help you adapt faster to changes. Stick to your natural inclinations. 
  • Do what you feel is right for you. 
  • Think big and let go of limitations. 
  • Don’t assign blame as a habit, it’s a waste of time. 
  • Learn the aspects of your life where you are exaggerating or neglecting to balance it. 
  • Stop waiting for self-imposed conditions.

As you let go of your dream, you may fear you're making a mistake.

  • There's no calculus for knowing when to give up. If pursuing your dream comes at great personal cost to your relationships and other goals in life (which is different from a 'harmonious passion'), that would suggest it was wise to give it up.
  • Success is not all or nothing. You may not have fulfilled your dream, but you likely learned much along the way, giving you a chance to redirect your energy and passions in new ways.

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